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Worse than War: New Film Takes Viewers to Sites of World’s Worst Genocides, Exploring the Causes and Showing How to Prevent Them

Worse Than War, an epic new documentary set for release on PBS in 2010, takes viewers on an extraordinary journey with noted Holocaust scholar Daniel Goldhagen, as he travels to the sites in over eight countries of the worst mass slaughters in the past century. Together we encounter killers, survivors, witnesses, journalists and political leaders whose stories provide powerful insights into why genocides continue to plague our planet. More than 60 years after the Holocaust inspired cries of "Never Again," is it possible for us to prevent genocide and save millions of lives? The film shows us how.

The screening, held on Aug. 6th, coincides with the 75th anniversary of Adolph Hitler’s rise to Fuehrer. Like all anniversaries, it offers the opportunity to look forward as well as back.

"The real challenge in recalling any trauma is not how many facts are preserved, but how our memory of the past prevents a recurrence of its horrors for any potential victim," according to Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and editor of Remember for Life: Holocaust Survivors’ Stories of Faith and Hope. "We need to learn how to remember forward, and this film helps us do just that." Rabbi Hirschfield’s most recent book, You Don’t Have to Be Wrong For Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism, addresses the need to combat extremism, be it religious, political or personal, by nurturing commitment and openness simultaneously.

After the screening, Rabbi Hirschfield will talk with Executive Producer and JTN CEO Jay Sanderson on the making of the film, the future of Holocaust memory, and the critical need for more effective anti-genocide education and advocacy. JTN is the world’s leading, fully integrated Jewish media, education and entertainment company. A question and answer period with the audience will follow.

Worse Than War will be shown at The Given Institute, 100 Francis St., Aspen. Doors open at 7 pm. The screening will be held from 7:30-8:30 pm, followed by the conversation, from 8:30-9:30 pm. The entire event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To RSVP: contact Dale Brown,; 212-779-3300, ext. 104.

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