Centerpiece: The Jewish Cardinal

Director: Ilan Duran Cohen
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Date: Saturday, November 9, 8 pm
Location: Prince Music Theater
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Special Guest: Michael Berenbaum
Community Partners: Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, The Consortium of Holocaust Educators & USC Shoah Foundation, The Institute for Visual History


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From award-winning director Ilan Duran Cohen comes this compelling drama based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even while converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Catholic Church, the mercurial Lustiger is appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II and finds a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a reluctant mediator between the two communities and may be forced at last to choose his side. Filled with strong performances and a fascinating look behind the scenes at the Vatican, THE JEWISH CARDINAL swept honors and awards in France last year.

THE JEWISH CARDINAL screens in commemoration of Kristallnacht.

This film was generously underwritten by Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation & Pam and Tony Schneider

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