Smyrna: Paradise is Burning, The Asa K. Jennings Story

Mar 23, 2023 7:00PM—9:00PM


Iona University Campus Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY

Cost Free

Event Contact Elena G. Procario-Foley, Ph.D. | Email

This film screening is presented by the Iona University Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies and the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center. The film tells the story of how a frail YMCA employee fed, sheltered and led an evacuation of 350,000 people from the port city of Smyrna, which became Ground Zero for one of the greatest human tragedies in 1922. It was there that the last violent episode in a 10-year holocaust occurred before the final fall of the Ottoman Empire on the Turkish subcontinent.