World War II Jewish Drama Visits Lexington

Published December 28, 2015, issue of January 07, 2016.

The film “Shores of Light” is coming to Lexington on January 4. This movie tells a story of compassion after a terrible war, and how victims find renewed meaning in life. At the end of Second World War thousands of Holocaust survivors arrived in Southern Italy on their way to the Land of Israel. The local Italian Catholics, though poor and hungry, welcomed them with open arms. For the survivors, this was restorative experience of humanity. Many couples married and hundreds of babies were born.

This story revolves around three of those babies, Rivka, Esther and Shuni – born in Santa Maria di Leuca in 1946. They return to their birthplace, and hear the moving testimony of the old people who still remember those long ago days. Drawing on rare archival material, the film tells an uplifting tale of life and redemption on Italy’s Shores of Light.

Rivka Cohen, one of the babies born, will be joining us at the screening of this film. Rivka, the daughter of Hungarian survivors of the Shoah, grew up in the Israeli coastal village of Nof Yam. She is the author of Journey to the Ends of the Earth and one of the co-founders of The Children of Leuca. 

The film will be shown at Temple Emunah in Lexington at 8 p.m., on January 4. Please let them know if you’d like to attend by emailing Yael Dvir at by December 31.

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