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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:10 PM

*My Dear Children* Documentary, Eastern Europe Pogroms 1917-1921, WHUT

The quest to unravel a family mystery reveals a forgotten Jewish tragedy. The first in-depth, scholarly documentary about the tragedy of pogroms in Eastern Europe, 1917-1921.

Who was Feiga Shamis? A Jewish mother of 12 children desperate to save her family from pogroms.

Just released — the first in-depth, scholarly documentary about the little known Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe after WWI. Told through the rare, first-hand account of survivor Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, who was driven by events to put two of her children in an orphanage. “My Dear Children” is a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved those two children. Film Trailer & More Info., http://www.mydearchildrendoc.com/

*See the Trailer and more info. at the LINK. Check TV station listings and airtimes. I couldn't find much info. online yet about this new film which is airing on some American Public TV stations in the US, and available for group viewing.

>Last night WHUT aired this 2017 documentary based on the book of the same name.

It's a remarkable human story in a complex, little studied period of turmoil and unrest in Russia after the 1917 Revolution, the fall of the Russian Empire and WWI. Records of the atrocities committed against Jews in towns in Belarus and Ukraine in this period were in the possession of the USSR for decades and have not been evaluated until more recently as the story reveals.

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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:39 PM

1. Thank you for posting this...

I'm not sure where to get it (what platform)..I'm wondering if PBS might be showing it.....

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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:00 PM

2. I saw it on WHUT, operated by Howard Univ. (or was)

Try your local PBS channel for listings, maybe contact them, and if no luck google it, which is what I did. Online info. indicates many US (Amer. Public?) TV stations are airing it, in SoCal, FL, etc.

Check the 'About' Tab Link at the top of the main 'mydearchildren' website link. In the 'About' section menu there's a link for 'how to view' with airing schedules.

Since it's not an official PBS program, there may not be as much opportunity to watch it. And I only found one video on YouTube, which was blocked due to the acct. And it's a new film (2017) as well.

Still, good luck! I appreciated this film from many perspectives and the subject needs more awareness.

P.S. Look at these Listings from the main Link, 'About' section: http://www.mydearchildrendoc.com/airdates/

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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:33 PM


KQED TV, "My Dear Children," Visit the program's official website. Upcoming Broadcasts: Duration: 56:46STEREO TV14

One hundred years ago, Jews in what is today Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus suffered through what scholars now call "the holocaust of its day." Organized massacres called pogroms that swept the region from 1917-1921 killed as many as 250,000 Jews.

MY DEAR CHILDREN follows one woman's quest to unravel a family mystery dating back to this time. In 1920, Feiga Shamis, a Russian Jewish mother of 12, sent two of her youngest children to an orphanage a continent away. For the rest of their lives, the two refused to talk about their past. The story behind their silence reveals a little-known piece of the Jewish experience, not just for Feiga's descendants, but Jews the world over.

The documentary captures the journey of Feiga's granddaughter Judy Favish as she seeks to understand why her father, Feiga's son Mannie, would never talk about his childhood. Using a letter Feiga wrote to the children she let go, Judy travels to three continents to trace the events that tore apart not only her family, but also tens of thousands of others. Through Judy's journey and Feiga's letter, the forgotten history of pogroms and the anti-Jewish massacres following WWI are explored, along with the impact of the violence on multiple generations, and why these massacres should be seen as a precursor to the Holocaust.

Upcoming Broadcasts: https://kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=25126

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