For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North” until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95 percent of its Jewish population, and reduced its synagogues and cultural institutions to ruins.
The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world. They excavate the remains of its Great Synagogue and search for proof of one of Vilna’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site. The documentary will be screened followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Gardenswartz.
Panel guests include: Paula S. Apsell, TE member, NOVA senior executive producer and co-director of “Holocaust Escape Tunnel”; Dr. Richard Freund, professor of Jewish history at the University of Hartford, and Melanie Wallace, NOVA senior series producer.
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