Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria Airing on PBS

Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria will be airing on PBS stations across the country. Check your local listings. Photo: TNH File

NEW YORK – Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria will be airing on PBS stations across the United States this April, check your local listings. The documentary chronicles life in the picturesque town of Kastoria, where Jews and Christians lived in harmony and friendship for over two thousand years. The title Trezoros is the Ladino/Judeo/Spanish term of endearment meaning “treasures.” The film takes the audience on a journey from the joyful innocence of the pre-war years through the heartbreaking struggles of the Holocaust, to a unique place in time and history highlighting a Greek Jewish culture lost forever.

In October 1940, the peaceful life of the community changed forever with the invasion of Greece by Axis forces. Initially occupied by Italy, the Jewish community remained, but after Mussolini fell from power, the Nazis took control of the town, eventually gathering all the residents in a single day, and sent them to concentration camps.

Using never-before-seen archival footage, Trezoros vividly brings to life just one of many Jewish communities that had existed in Greece for centuries and even millennia before the end of World War II. The film is a story told by its survivors, with interviews filmed on location in Kastoria, Thessaloniki, Athens, Tsur Moshe, Tel Aviv, Miami, and New York.

Directed by Lawrence Russo, and co-directed and produced by Larry Confino, the film was widely praised on the film festival circuit with screenings in London, Cannes, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, and Los Angeles. Russo co-founded the independent studio The Shooting Gallery (Laws of Gravity, Sling Blade) and directed the Emmy-nominated PBS short film series ShortCuts. Producer/Co-Director, Confino is the Founder of Synapse Productions and Executive Director of ImageRescue, Inc. Based in New York City, Confino has produced documentaries and commercial projects on a multitude of subjects around the world.

Trezoros is an inspiring story of survival that resonates universally and is of particular interest to Jewish and Greek communities worldwide. The poignant story of one family’s experience helps honor the memory of the once vibrant community and reminds us of man’s inhumanity to man and also of the enduring spirit of the people who survived the horrors of the war. As George Santayana wrote in The Life of Reason, 1905, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Check your local listings for the PBS schedule. More information is available online at http://trezoros.com.

11 Comments

  1. I am attempting to record TREMORS, and it does not appear at the designated time on any online or on TV schedules.

    1. I didn’t find it either- neither BaLtimore nor Washington DC!?
      Saw the box ad for this in the Washington Jewish Week newspaper of 4/5/20 ONLY!
      Wednesday night programs were program on searching for Vilna ghetto escape tunnel. at 9pm and ‘GI Jews’ at 10pm.

  2. I watched this story last evening on my local PBS Station – I was in awe at this not being taught as a part of History in our Schools. Another reason to never forget the Holocaust.

  3. Trezoros Is not listed anywhere on PBS at any time in spite of the fact that it was advertised in the Jewish news and was supposed to show on Thursday, April 12. When is it going to show on PBS?

  4. When will Trezoros, the Last Jews of Kastoria, be broadcast in the New York area. I cannot find it on the PBS schedule.

  5. I would very much like to post this on Facebook. How can I do that? It’s way too important to so many of us !!!

  6. I cannot find this program on PBS in St.Louis
    Please advise, I would very much like to see it.

  7. I am a proud Greek Jew. My father was born and raised in Thessaloniki until the Nazis came. He was 22 and my mother was from Syrus 11 years old. My father and his youngest brother were the only survivors losing his parents in the ovens and 2 sisters 15 and 18 in the showers and the oldest brother shot 3 days before liberation. These stories hold very dear to me as I was brought up listening to the vial and horrific stories. I’m from Toronto Canada and would really like to watch this. If anyone knows when this will air please let me know as I’m having difficulty finding it. Thank you

  8. I was raised in a complete half and half home, We only spoke Greek in our home, Greek food, Greek dancing and Greek music, then having Shabbat every Friday night, going to synagogue, Hebrew school etc. I always said I had the best of both worlds. 😊

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