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WQED RECOGNIZES HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY WITH WEEK-LONG PROGRAMMING BEGINNING MAY 1 ON WQED-TV AND WQED-FM 89.3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 21, 2011

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

Maria Pisano
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org

WQED RECOGNIZES HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY WITH
WEEK-LONG PROGRAMMING BEGINNING MAY 1
ON WQED-TV AND WQED-FM 89.3

PITTSBURGH – May 1 is the internationally recognized date that marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. WQED presents a Remembrance Week dedicated to creating awareness for past and present genocides worldwide. The following programs will air between May 1 and May 5:

WQED-TV:

  • From Pittsburgh to Poland – Lessons of the HolocaustSunday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m.

This one-hour documentary chronicles a journey by Holocaust survivors and educators from Pittsburgh to Poland where they took part in the March of the Living. The documentary focuses on the personal stories of the Pittsburgh Holocaust survivors – and shows how Pittsburgh teachers will use the experience in their curriculum for years to come.

  • Prisoner of Her Past – Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m.

Prisoner of Her Past tells the story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, 60 years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. The film follows her son, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. The documentary examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the devastating effect it has on families. Reich also investigates programs that are aiding young trauma survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and how the same kind of early intervention may have helped his mother.

  • Teenage Witness – The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Story – Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Teenage Witness – The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Story presents a raw and emotional look at survival and the tenacity of the human spirit. The film follows Fanya as she wrestles with the past and focuses on the importance of her work today.

  • Irena Sendler – In the Name of Their Mothers – Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 p.m.

During World War II, a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, outfoxed the Nazis and rescued thousands of Jewish children from certain death. Over half a century later, 95-year-old Irena Sendler tells the true story, long suppressed in Communist Poland, of this daring conspiracy of women who risked their lives in the name of Warsaw’s Jewish mothers.

  • Independent Lens – “A Film Unfinished” – Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00 p.m.

This haunting film examines a classic Nazi propaganda movie used by historians for decades to provide insight into the realities of life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.

WQED – FM 89.3:

  • A Voice for the Silenced – Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monika Vischer and conductor James Conlon explore how music and culture thrived in the most desperate of times at the Terezin concentration camp.

  • The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – Sunday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m.

In this Yom Hashoah concert, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein allows listeners to hear: Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, the Concerto for Orchestra in Seven Parts by Isaac Schwartz, and Nicolas Slonimsky’s Jewish Rhapsody for Piano, Flute, Strings, and Percussion performed by Julia Zilberquit

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.


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