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Defiance: ‘A Monument to My Brother’
April 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Displaced from their home in Belarus during World War II, a then-teenage Gitla Doppelt and her family joined a band of forest-dwelling resistance fighters who worked to protect themselves and some 1,000 other Jewish noncombatants from their country’s Nazi occupiers. The group’s story is told in the film Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber.
The Oscar-nominated movie (2008; R) is screened Monday night. The next night, Doppelt discusses its depiction of the episode and the events that came to define her life.
One of her brothers, Chiya, was killed in the fighting. Doppelt, now 91 and among an ever-smaller number of Holocaust survivors in the Kansas City area, made it through the ordeal with another brother, Israel, whom she credits with saving her life. They were separated from their parents while evading the Germans but reunited after the war.
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