In the Shadow of Memory

Legacy of the Lidice atrocity
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Film Length(s)
52 mins
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A story of second generation and how tragedy trickles down and plays out.


Tragedies play out for years. In the Shadow of Memory focuses on Jerri Zbiral, the daughter of a survivor of the Nazi destruction of the Catholic village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia. Even though Jerri was born after the war, her mother's stories had a profound effect on her life. This compelling story addresses emotional issues that span generations. What do we tell children about personal tragedies? How do we resolve grief, anger and long-standing hatreds? How do we communicate across ethnic barriers? The film combines historic footage and contemporary interviews with survivors. The 50th anniversary of the massacre is a starting point for an ongoing personal exploration of the legacy of tragedy, relevant far beyond a WWII setting.

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