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Soul Witness

In the early 1990s, renowned Holocaust testimony expert Lawrence Langer conducted over 80 hours of interviews with Boston area Holocaust survivors for what was meant to serve as a living memorial to the Holocaust. The testimony tapes were placed in a metal closet, where they sat inexplicably for more than 20 years. In 2016, experienced producer R. Harvey Bravman, working with a local official, resurrected and digitized the tapes. Harvey then began working on a feature length documentary based solely on the testimony tapes that had been locked away for decades. He painstakingly worked through the testimony to produce a film, Soul Witness, that eloquently spoke to their experiences.

The film was completed in late 2018 and has sold out several theatrical screenings. In November, 2019, the film premiered in Pittsburgh to raise funds for the 3 congregations affected by the shooting here on October 27, 2018.

During this event, Harvey will speak on a panel with three descendants of survivors featured in Soul Witness: Cheryl Lefman, Dena Saltzberg, and Janet Bloom. They will discuss the process of bringing the testimony to light and what survivor testimony can teach us for the future.

The panel is free and open to all; viewing of the documentary is not required. 30% of proceeds of all streaming sales/rentals of “Soul Witness” in Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia will go to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

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Soul Witness: Survivor Testimony as Inspiration During Troubling Times

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

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Christina Sahovey

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