Donates Torah to Steven Spielberg
Executive Director Stephen Smith with survivor Edward Mosberg and Institute founder Steven SpielbergDESTINATION UNKNOWN Opening in Theaters Directed by Claire FergusonProduced by Llion Roberts
Executive Produced by USC Shoah Foundation's Stephen D. SmithINTERVIEWS & SCREENING LINKS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg believes it is his duty to share what happened to him, his family, and millions of other Jews during World War II. He regularly shares his story with students all over the world.Mosberg visited the office of USC Shoah Foundation this week not only to learn about the Institute’s work, but also to share his story. Wearing the blue-striped concentration camp uniform of his youth, Mosberg spoke to a group of history students and attended a private screening of the film DESTINATION UNKNOWN produced in association with the Institute. The documentary tells his and the stories of other Holocaust survivors and how each one found different ways to overcome the deep scars that they carry.An avid philanthropist, the 92-year-old Mosberg was joined by Stephen Smith as he stopped by the office of USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg to donate to Spielberg’s temple a two-hundred-year old Torah that was rescued by righteous gentiles in Poland.
“Powerful and moving”
- Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation
“This film is the best response to the Nazi solution of the annihilation of the Jewish nation”- Branko Lustig, Producer, Schindler's List
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“Gripping testimony”- Kate Muir, The Times
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“A powerful, valuable addition to Holocaust testimony”- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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“What gives Destination Unknown its power is the focus on the trauma endured by the survivors”- Nick Hasted, The Independent
DESTINATION UNKNOWN blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of twelve Holocaust survivors to the screen.The film creates a seamless mosaic of first-hand accounts, rare archive from the time, and family Super 8 footage from after the war. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation.We see those who survived in hiding, those who fought as partisans, and those who endured camps such as Treblinka, Mauthausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau. While a few managed to escape, most had to try to find a way to stay alive until the end of the war.Their stories do not end with liberation. We see how they had to survive the chaos that came afterwards, and their attempts to build new lives.