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The screening of the film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz

In memory of the victims of the Holocaust, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 27th January, the Czech Centre Rotterdam together with the Museon The Hague and the Embassies of the Czech Republic, Israel and the United States of America organized a special screening of the film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz.

A number of school children attended the screening of this American documentary movie in the Museon in The Hague. It shows the short life of Petr Ginz (1928-1944), a Czechoslovak boy of partial Jewish background who was deported to the Jewish ghetto in Terezin in 1942 at the age of fourteen. He died two years later when he was transferred to Auschwitz concentration camp and gassed. The incredible breadth of his interests and abilities can be determined from his numerous writings and paintings that remain. The Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was part of the US Columbia spacecraft crew, took with him a copy of a drawing by Petr Ginz of the planet Earth as seen from the moon. When the spacecraft tragically exploded on February 1, 2003, Petr´s drawing became famous. The Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Horák underscored the enormous talent of a 14-year-old boy confronted with the Nazi atrocities and the legacy that emerges from the film. The directrice of the Czech Center Ms Hana Schenk, the Ambassador of the State of Israel H.E. Mr. Haim Divon and the CDA a.i. of the United States of America H.E. Mr. Adam Sterling also gave short speeches on this occasion.

 

Photo by: Z. Bittnerová, ČC