Countryside 8th grader and filmmaker, Max Libman, spoke to a packed house with his presentation, "The Holocaust: Remembering the Past as We Stand Together for a Brighter Future", on Wednesday night at Countryside's Gym and Performing Arts Center.
The audience listened intently to Max describe the life of his great-grandmother, Ann Gershuny, growing up in Poland prior to German occupation. The audience viewed an original screen play, "A Star", written by Max and inspired by Ann's life which debuted at CU Film Society's Pens to Lens gala last year.
Max described the history of Ann's hometown of Tykocin, Poland, how she escaped to the United States before the Nazi's invaded, and the horrors of the Nazi massacre of the Jews in Tykocin in 1941. Max closed his presentation with the viewing a second film - his moving documentary containing an interview of his great-grandmother describing how she learned she had lost her entire family in the Holocaust. With over 200 community members and several religious and community leaders in attendance, Max pleaded that we all stand together - united against hatred.
The evening concluded with guests viewing a gallery of Holocaust-inspired artwork and poetry. The art was created by Countryside's 7th and 8th graders after viewing interviews with Holocaust survivors.
View the CI Living interview with Max Libman:
View the recording of Max's presentation: