Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Song of Life

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Hellenic Society of Main with support from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute & USM’s School of Education & Human Development, Diversity Committee presents a moving documentary film:



                                 Song of Life




                                              Tony Lycourissis


“Song of Life” tells the story of the Jewish community on the small Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos, from the mid-15th century to the present day, including the uplifting story of the survival of the Jews during the Nazi occupation there. When the Nazis demanded a list of the island's Jews, and Mayor and the Bishop of the island made a decision that stood as an inspiring point of light amid that darkness. Interviews with island residents, including the mayor's widow, piece together the story of this rescue, which took place even as 60,000 Jews – 86 percent of the community -- perished from the rest of Greece. 2002. Running time 65 minutes. In English with Greek subtitles and Greek with English subtitles.


Special Guest: Mimike Tsezana-Hyman, a member of the "American friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece" that helped produce the film, will introduce it and share stories of her parents and grandparents who fled and were sheltered during the Nazi occupation in Greece. Her daughter, Sabrina, will offer a song inspired by the event .Co-presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the School of Education and Human Development, Diversity Committee.


This program is FREE and open to the public.

A reception will follow.


3 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2011

Shepard Lee Community Hall, Room 133

Wishcamper Hall, USM Portland Campus

(1st Floor, towards library end of the building)


For more information call: 780-5025




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Shepard Lee Community Hall, Room 133, Wishcamper Center
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