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Montgomery College to Host Holocaust Film Premier and Panel Discussion Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” Makes Maryland Premier March 29 in the Cultural Arts Center

Montgomery College, in collaboration with AFI Silver, will host “Art, Memory and Healing: A Film and Panel Discussion on One Survivor’s Story,” a film screening and panel discussion Thursday, March 29, 2012. The event will take place 7–8:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

The event features the Maryland premiere of “Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” a 30 minute-long documentary about one Holocaust survivor and the unique way she shared her story. The film is directed by Nina Shapiro-Perl and produced by Art and Remembrance, a nonprofit arts and educational organization.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion of art as a means of healing from trauma and as a means of documenting and combating injustice. The panel features Faye Moskowitz, noted memoirist and professor of literature at The George Washington University; Rachel Cohen, a clinical psychologist who has worked with refugee trauma victims; Myrna Goldenberg, Holocaust scholar and founding director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute; and Bernice Steinhardt, Esther Krinitz’s daughter and president of Art and Remembrance.

At 15, Krinitz defied Nazi orders and fled with her parents’ blessing and her younger sister in tow, rather than report to the train station with the Jews of her Polish village. She and her sister hid in plain sight of the Nazis for the rest of the war, under assumed identities, never to see their family again. Decades later, haunted by memories, Krinitz turned to needle and thread to share scenes both tender and tragic. The film captures the pain of Krinitz’s story, the love and hope she held onto, and the artistry of her fabric depictions of her experiences.

This event is presented by the Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute. It is arranged by Art and Remembrance, with support from the Maryland Humanities Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

This event is free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. is recommended, but not required. Go to to R.S.V.P. online or for more information on the film.

The Cultural Arts Center is located on Georgia Avenue between East-West Highway and King Street in Silver Spring

For event information including parking and disability accommodations, please call 240-567-5775. For disability accommodations, please contact us no later than March 21, 2012.

For information about this, other events organized by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, call 240 567-7333 or e-mail You can also visit

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