How Saba Kept Singing – Film Screening & Discussion Presented by HHREC and Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester

Feb 15, 2024 7:00PM—8:30PM


Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave., Rye, NY 10580

Cost Free

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This powerful film explores themes of faith, family, and resilience, the persistence of discrimination and the power of music, and the urgency of telling these stories today. Cantor David Wisnia, known to his family as “Saba”, had never told the whole truth about how he survived as a prisoner at the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. The family knew that he had used his singing voice to entertain the guards, and that his musical gift had changed his fate. But David’s grandson, Avi Wisnia, a singer, songwriter, storyteller and educator based in Philadelphia, suspected that there was more to the story.

Following the film, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester will host a discussion with Director/Producer Sara Taksler and Avi Wisnia, moderated by Executive Producer and congregant Kyra Darnton. Learn more about our guests here. The film was made in collaboration with Retro Report, Burnt Umber Productions, and Hilary and Chelsea Clinton’s HiddenLight Productions, with support from Thirteen WNET’s Exploring Hate reporting initiative.