Toronto Premiere of "Life Will Smile"

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Lodzer Centre

12 Heaton Street

Toronto, ON M3H 4Y6

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Join us for the Toronto film premiere of "Life Will Smile", followed by a Q&A with producer Steven Priovolos.

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"Life Will Smile" is a 40-minute documentary based on the incredible true story of an entire Jewish community surviving WWII, thanks to the brave actions of the people on the Greek island of Zakynthos. This is widely accepted to be the only Jewish community in the whole of Europe to survive the Holocaust intact, without losing a single one of its members.

When SS officer Kommandant Lutt arrived on the island of Zakynthos in 1943 to implement “The Final Solution”, the fate of the island’s 275 Jewish inhabitants rested upon the shoulders of the island's young Mayor, Lucas Karrer and Bishop Chrysostomos. They were given 24-hours to hand over a detailed list with all the names, addresses and possessions of the islands' Jews, destined for deportation to the Nazi extermination camps.

They ultimately trick the SS and together with the rest of the Zakynthiots, manage to save the entire Jewish population.

For their courage Mayor Karrer & Bishop Chrysostomos received Yad Vashem's honor of “Righteous Among the Nations” in 1978 and Zakynthos was given the affectionate name of “the Island of the Righteous”.

The award-winning documentary “Life Will Smile” is exclusively narrated by one of the Jewish survivors of Zakynthos, Haim Konstantini, who was a 9-year-old boy at the time. The dramatic events are seen through his innocent eyes. It is a suspenseful, emotionally charged journey of salvation, where ordinary people defy the odds and survive.“Life Will Smile” brings home the powerful message that solidarity, tolerance and courageous leadership are, once again, needed today as much as they have ever been.

- In Greek, with English subtitles -

Organizers: The Lodzer Centre Congregation, The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation & Kulanu Canada.

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Toronto, ON M3H 4Y6

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