Holocaust survivor hosting Honors College lecture

By: Alexandra Camejo / Asst. News Director

Joseph Weismann, a Holocaust survivor, will speak on his experiences as an 11-year-boy in during the round up and captivity of thousands of Jews in the Velodrome d’Hiver in Paris by French police, on Jan 25. in a special lecture sponsored by the Honors College.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the lecture is free and open to the public in Deuxième Maison 100 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.  Weismann’s experience in the time of the Nazi regime is the inspiration for popular French film, La Rafle. A recent interview with The Independent, Weismann spoke of what it felt like for him to watch the film.

“I have seen the film twice,” Mr. Weisman said at the weekend.

“But I actually did not see it the first time. From the very first scene, it was as if I was dragged right through the screen. I was back amid all that muddle of kids and old people, men, women, gendarmes, militiamen. It was as if time had disappeared. Then on the second viewing, I forced myself to watch properly. No one could have told the story of the Rafle better. The cycle track, the way it looked, the way it felt, was just like in 1942,” said Weismann.

His escape from one of the camps makes him one of the few French children that survived the mass extradition of Jewish families to the termination camps.  Currently residing in La Mans, France, 80-year-old Weismann is a frequent speaker in French schools.  Making its Miami premiere, La Rafle or The Round Up, can be seen at the Miami Jewish Film Festival on Jan. 29 at 8:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Cinema.

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