The American Society for Yad Vashem and Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust



A film by Donna Kanter

at RealD Theater, 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, August 19, 2018 4:00-6:00 pm

The screening will be followed by Q&A with Donna Kanter and Fred Zaidman

Filmmaker Donna Kanter always wondered what happened after Holocaust survivors rebuilt their lives with post-war children who inherited their trauma. Did the children fill in the blanks if their parents could not speak about their experiences? Or were they inundated with harrowing images?

The Presence of Their Absence follows child of Holocaust survivors Fred Zaidman as he embarks on a journey to discover what happened to his family in Poland during the Shoah. His primary goal is to find a single photo of his grandparents. With helpers in Poland, Israel, and Germany, he begins to unshackle his own pain and construct his future. Finally, from Atlanta, a Baptist minister leads Fred to a graveyard in Poland where he will rescue from oblivion a single family’s fate.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved: