Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria Airs September 26 on WNET Channel 13

Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria Airs September 26 on WNET Channel 13. Photo: TNH File

NEW YORK – Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria will air on the PBS station WNET Channel 13 on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 PM. 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.

Trezoros will also air on WLRN/Miami on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 PM.

The WNET 13 schedule is available online: https://www.thirteen.org/schedule/?search=trezoros

More information about the film and the television schedule is also available online: http://trezoros.com/.

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  1. I am very interested in seeing this film. I believe I met a survivor in Boca Raton FL. Everyone in her family was killed by the Nazi. She escaped to a family friend. She was sheltered and fled the Greece with them. When I met her and her husband in a nursing home she was reliving the horrific event over and over. Her husband shared her history with me. I would love to honor her by learning more about the events and sharing with others. She

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