Shores of Light

March 3, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre runs a monthly film club of Holocaust, Genocide and human rights-related films. As the person responsible for sourcing the films and running the club, Lena Fiszman is always on the lookout for something unusual but her latest find produced an unexpected surprise

Moshe and Franka Fiszman in 1946 in Italy

Lena’s research led her to preview ‘Shores of Light’ a documentary about thousands of Holocaust survivors arriving in Southern Italy after WWII. While watching the documentary, Lena was astounded to see photos of her parents, Moishe and Franka Fiszman who met, fell in love and married in Italy before migrating to Australia.

Moishe and Franka are in their 90s now.  Moishe, who is still an active volunteer at the JHC, telling his story of survival to visitors and school students will be a special guest speaker at the screening of ‘Shores of Light’.

‘Shores of Light’ is the poignant untold story of warmth and compassion after a terrible war. Thousands of Jewish survivors, landed in Southern Italy, after WWII, on their way to Israel. To their surprise they were welcomed by the poor locals. In this time of psychological and physical healing, hundreds of children were born. The film follows the story of three Israeli women who were born then, in Santa-Maria-Di-Leuca. The film weaves rare historical footage with unique current testimonials capturing a ray of light after great darkness.




‘Shores of Light’ will be screened at the Jewish Holocaust Centre on Sunday 26 March at 4.00pm.

Guest Speaker: Moshe Fiszman, Survivor Guide

Entry: $10.00 per person


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