Monday, December 10, 2012

Becoming Henry

We are excited to announce the end of a long chapter in the making of our friend’s life story. We have completed work on the short film with the working title, Bashert. We have renamed our short, Becoming Henry. We are grateful that The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust came on board as our fiscal sponsor earlier this year. A huge thank you goes out to Mark Rothman for all his help and encouragement. Now that we have completed our film, we are going to wind down this web site as well as our former non profit, 6Mfor6M, including the Twitter handle of the same name, by the end of the year. We will be using the new web site, http://becominghenry.com for promoting the short and selling Henry’s book for his family. We will continue to use our Unbroken Chain Facebook page, and you can follow our news and screenings for 2013 there as well. Thanks for all of your support! We hope you will come out to theaters to see the short when we are in your area. Film Synopsis: Henry, like many Holocaust Survivors, originally never wanted to talk about his experiences during that dark time in his life. He immigrated to Minnesota in his 30′s with his wife, Inge, and new baby, Stephanie, and began to make a new life for his new family. However, he and Inge attended a party where Arnold Fink, one of the guests was very nosy and kept pestering him with questions. Finally, Arnold extracted the information he was looking for– the time and place of Henry’s liberation. They discover that both of them were at the same place at the exact same time! Arnold was the American officer who stopped his vehicle in front of Henry’s tired marching group of survivors after a three-day death march outside of Flossenberg. This prompts Henry to share his story of survival publicly for the first time. A schoolteacher named Mrs. Reese overhears their conversation and asks Henry to speak to her students. Although Henry initially says no, he goes on to speak to students and community groups for the next 40 years.