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The Last Flight of Petr Ginz

by Sandy Dickson and Churchill Roberts

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Runtime: 65′

This is the story of Petr Ginz, a Czech Jewish child prodigy who at age 14 was sent to Tereizenstadt and later to Auschwitz. By age14, he had written five novels and a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By age 16, he had produced 120 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, and written numerous short stories. Much of Petr’s story was unknown until the 2003 Columbia space shuttle tragedy. Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, a member of the mission, had carried with him Petr’s drawing, “Moon Landscape”. The publicity surrounding the flight and its explosion led to the discovery of Petr’s diary and additional artwork and short stories in a Prague attic.

The film was followed by a Q/A, with:

  • Ms. Regina Sluszny (Vice President of The Hidden Child),
  • Ms. Marie-Paule Roudil (Head of the UNESCO Office in Brussels),
  • Mr. Pavel Černoch (Former director of the Czech Cultural Institute in Brussels).

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