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Saul & Ruby Celebrate Life and Honor the Six Million Dead: Performance and Discussion with the Lead Characters

Hosted By: Streicker Center Temple Emanu-El NYC

At the age of 91, Saul Dreier decided to form a klezmer band comprised of Holocaust survivors. His wife thought he was crazy. So did his rabbi. That’s when he knew it was a terrific idea.

You’ll come to the same conclusion after watching the extraordinary documentary film Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, which follows Saul and his bandmate Ruby Sosnowicz from wartime Poland to Florida and back. Then you’ll experience their incredible zest for life during a live performance, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Saul, Ruby and filmmaker Tod Lending.

The sole survivor of a Polish Jewish family of 30, Saul Dreier grew up in Kraków, was imprisoned in the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, sent to work for Oskar Schindler, then was moved to the Mauthausen concentration camp. He later immigrated to New Jersey, where he worked in construction. He is now retired in Florida.

Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz was separated from his parents and eight siblings during their escape from the Warsaw Ghetto and survived the war hidden in a cowshed by a Polish farmer. After the war, he moved to Brooklyn and worked as a hairdresser and musician. He is now also retired in Florida.

Tod Lending is an Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning producer, director and cinematographer. His films have been shown on Cinemax, HBO, PBS and theatrical screens across the country.

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