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Out of Europe
One Lucky Family's Survival Route from Belgium to America

In this atypically celebratory Holocaust portrait, extraordinary luck and coincidence guide a large family of Belgian Jewish diamond merchants and activists as they flee Nazi occupied Europe in 1940. Their survival route takes them through France, Spain, and Portugal, and finally, to America. In a twist of fate, one of them is sent back to Europe to help liberate Dachau.
(55 minutes, documentary)

“A fascinating tale of perseverance and extraordinary luck, providing a captivating view of WWII as seen through the extraordinary lives of seemingly ordinary people who embarked on a dangerous peripatetic odyssey for their survival. Inspiring as well as informative.”
P. Hall, Video Librarian  more...
                             3  1/2 stars  Highly Recommended

“Well edited and unfailing interesting....The classical film both appropriate and exhilarating....Out of Europe, unlike many Holocaust documentaries, leaves you with a sense of hope and optimism. I highly recommend Out of Europe to synagogue education services, Jewish and Holocaust study programs at the college and university level, WWII history classes and large public libraries. It is surely one of the best and most personal documentaries of its type.”
           Charles Burkart, Educational Media Reviews Online  more...
                              Highly Recommended

"This is a profound, amazing, and unique addition to Holocaust studies."
           Robin Levin, Fort Washakie School/Community Library, Fort Washakie, WY
           School Library Journal

“An outstanding documentary that features articulate people, some now in their eighties, recounting their childhood exodus as if it were yesterday. You feel as if you are there with them. I recommend it for just about everyone. At times funny, at times tearful, and always peeling away layers of history with wonderful images and music.”            
           Richard Cohen, documentary filmmaker 

"This excellent film shows how one large Jewish family was able barely to escape the Holocaust. This well-crafted documentary will be especially appreciated by students first learning about the Holocaust; laypersons will be fascinated as well."
Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa District Library, Illinois, Library Journal Online  more...

"A triumph!"
           Linda M. Shires, Professor and Chair, English Department,
           Stern College, Yeshiva University

"...a story of remarkable luck and tenacity"
           Annette Insdorf, Director of Film Studies,
           Columbia University

"This film captured my attention from the first frame
....beautifully made "
           Myriam Abramowicz, Documentary Filmmaker

"Luminous ... opens a crack of light into the somber darkness"
           Helene Aylon, Award Winner, Visual Arts,
           Foundation For Jewish Culture

"... engrossing ... exhilarating"
           John Powers, Performing Arts Producer

"I am proud to own a copy of this film."
           Professor Georges Schnek, President,
           Musee Juif de Belgique

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