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April 6, 2018  RSS feed
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Documentary chronicles loss of Jews in one city


The wedding photo of Allegra Confino and Calev Elias, the grandparents of the film’s director, Lawrence Russo. The wedding photo of Allegra Confino and Calev Elias, the grandparents of the film’s director, Lawrence Russo. Before World War II, a Sephardic Jewish community in Kastoria, Greece, lived in peace since the Roman Empire.

Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria is a documentary that uses never-before-seen archival footage, bringing to life just one of the Jewish communities that was decimated by the end of World War II. The film is airing this month on PBS in conjunction with Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Trezoros, a Ladino/Judeo Spanish term of endearment meaning “treasures,” is an emotional story told by Kastoria’s survivors, with interviews filmed on location in Greece, Israel and the U.S.

The story is set in the beautiful and idyllic city of Kastoria in northwestern Greece near the Albanian border where Jews and Greek Orthodox Christians lived in harmony for more than two millennia. In October 1940, this would all change after the invasion of Greece by Axis forces. Initially occupied by Italy, the Jewish community remained safe, but after Mussolini fell from power the Nazis took control of the town, dooming the community.

Out of 1,000 Jews who lived there, only 35 remained after the war.

The film focuses on the lives of the people of Kastoria, whose words, pictures and videos can speak for those who were displaced and wronged by war and discrimination.

The film originally was released in 2016 and has been making the rounds at film festivals around the world. It was an official submission for the Academy Awards in the documentary film category.

For PBS air times, check your local listings.

For more information about the film, visit www.trezoros.com.


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