In an atmosphere both emotional and celebratory, more than 350 people gathered at the Coral Casino Four Seasons Biltmore to pay tribute to Chancellor Henry T. Yang and Mara Vishniac Kohn for their contributions to the creation of Portraits of Survival, which portrays the journeys of 40 community members who are survivors and refugees from Nazi Germany.
The crowd represented a diverse spectrum of the
A highlight of the presentations was the short film “Portraits of Survival,” made by Kwame Braun and Janet Walker, professors of film studies at UCSB and their students. The film features clips from the six documentary shorts about Portraits participants that will be shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2006. an inspiring collection of short documentaries depictin
Guest speaker Deborah Lipstadt, professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, expounded on her book "History on Trial," which details her 2000 libel trial in London against a Holocaust denier. Lipstadt's talk analyzed the major issues involved in her lawsuit in
Other speakers included Bill Locker, Mara Kohn, Juliane Heyman, Chancellor Yang, Janet Walker, Mike Nissenson, and Brian and Anne Sarvis.
Table centerpieces took on a new look this year, with bundles of books to be donated to local schools. The books were made possible through the generosity of Viola Girsh, Daniel Hochman and Ruelene Hochman, and teach about bullying, diversity, and acceptance, in keeping with the Federation mission. Through the generosity of the attendees, Federation is also sending the centerpiece bundles of school supplies to children in the
Federation received proclamations from Mayor Marty Blum, Congresswoman Lois Capps, Assemblyman Pedro Nava and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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