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Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Holocaust Education Week Event - 10/23/09

Contact: Risa Healey, Community Liaison Coordinator, (905) 771-5489
In partnership with Beit Rayim Synagogue, renowned author, Miriam Walfish, and Holocaust survivor, Esther Bem

Will present true life accounts of the Holocaust as described in Ms. Walfish’s new book titled The Stars Will Guide You

At the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (10268 Yonge Street, just north of Major Mackenzie Drive)

On Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (VIP Reception at 6:30 p.m. for invitees and media only)

In honour of Holocaust Education Week, Ms. Walfish is officially launching her newest book, The Stars Will Guide You, which tells the little-known story of Italian rescuers who saved Jewish children during the Holocaust. These children were hidden in small Italian villages by righteous men and women and saved from deportation and certain death at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
One such child is survivor Esther Bem. Ms. Bem and her parents survived the Holocaust by hiding in Italy, where poor farmers in the mountains helped them under very difficult circumstances. She will provide her personal testimony and will relate to the experiences described in Ms. Walfish's book. 

A brief segment from the documentary, A Debt to Honour, will be shown at the beginning of this multi-generational and multi-cultural program. The film chronicles the assistance of ordinary Italians who became extraordinary through their individual acts of courage. A book signing will follow the program. Tickets for the evening are free but reservations are encouraged to reserve your seat. Please contact Risa Healey at (905) 771-5489 for tickets or for more information visit
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