Well-Attended First Event in An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece

The attendees at the first event in An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece series. Photo by John Ackerman

MILWAUKEE, WI – Over 165 people attended the first session of An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece series on Jan. 14 which began with the screening of the film Cloudy Sunday. It was the first screening of the film in Milwaukee and among the first screenings in the midwest United States.

The film will be screened again during the third session of the series on February 7 at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwautos, WI.

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, along with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Parish in Milwaukee, and Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Parish in Wauwautos, is extremely proud to host this educational series.

The screening took place at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Milwaukee. Cloudy Sunday (Ouzeri Tsitsanis) (Greece, 2015) is a Greek drama that tells the story of the forbidden love between Estrea, a young Jewish girl, and Yorgos – a Christian and the brother-in-law of the famed composer Vasilis Tsitanis – in 1942 Thessaloniki (Salonika).

Father John Ketchum of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Parish in Milwaukee, WI. Photo by John Ackerman

Both young people are members of the Resistance. The film depicts the destruction of the Sephardic Jewish community of Salonika, whose Jewish population was 50,000 before the war, and 1,900 after. Shown in Greek with English subtitles, the film, won three Greek Academy Awards, is resplendent with Greek music, mostly composed by Tsitsanis. It was directed by Manousos Manousakis and stars Haris Fragoulis at Yorgos, Christina Hilla Fameli as Estrea, and Andreas Konstantinou as Vasilis Tsitsanis.

Instructors Dr. Amy Shapiro and Father John Ketchum of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Parish in Milwaukee discussed the history and the film with the audience in attendance at the event. All of the events in the series are free and open to the public. More information is available online at: www.holocaustcentermilwaukee.org/Greece or by phone: 414-967-8212.

The program for An Untold Tale: The Holocaust in Greece. Photo: John Ackerman
Dr. Amy Shapiro, the instructor for the event at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, WI. Photo by John Ackerman