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Italian Embassy Screens Film to Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Film director, Ruggero Gabbai's 2020 documentary about the children of Auschwitz.

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute invite you to a special screening of Kinderblock, a documentary by Ruggero Gabbai.

Streaming is available for four days between January 27th at 9:30 am (ET) and January 30th at 10:30 pm (ET). After unlocking the film, you have 24 hours to start viewing, and from the time you begin watching, an additional 24 hours to complete it.

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The screening will be introduced by Ambassador Zappia’s opening remarks and a conversation with film director, Ruggero Gabbai, and Leslie Swift, Chief of Film, Oral History and Recorded Sound at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

On March 29, 1944, Andra and Tatiana Bucci, aged four and six, were deported from Fiume, Italy, to Auschwitz. Born of a Jewish mother, there was no chance that the two sisters would survive in a place designed for mass murder. However, their striking physical resemblance confused the SS doctor who was supervising the selections and, mistaken for twins, Andra and Tatiana were selected along with their young 4-year-old cousin Sergio De Simone to serve in Dr. Mengele’s medical experiments.

Produced by Forma International, Fondazione Museo della Shoah and Goren Monti Ferra in collaboration with Rai Cinema, Kinderblock tells the story of Tati and Andra, how they survived, and the tragic fate of their cousin, Sergio, who never came back.