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Recommended for Grades 4-8

The Tattooed Torah is an animated film based on the renowned children's book that has been educating young children about the Holocaust for generations.

Based on a true story, this short film (21 minutes) has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world and is an Academy Awards contender!

1) Watch the trailer (below)

2) Register! The film and resource links will be e-mailed to you by January 25th. The film will be available for your use from January 27th until February 8th

3) Play the film (online) for your students, any time between January 27 and February 8th. 

4) Take advantage of pre-made curriculum materials for your students, which will be e-mailed to you! These materials were created by the film presenters at USC Shoah Foundation! Additional resources are available at www.thetattooedtorah.com.


About the film:

Over the last three decades, the beloved children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg, "The Tattooed Torah," has been a powerful resource for Holocaust education for children all over the world. The book recounts the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia, and teaches the Holocaust not only as a period of destruction but also as an opportunity for redemption.


Marvell was the director of Early Childhood Education for the Board of Jewish Education in Chicago for many years, and is the author of numerous books and articles. The adaptation of "The Tattooed Torah" into an animated short film is a three-generational endeavor, initiated by Marvell’s daughter, Beth Kopin, who first had the dream to transform this book into a film, and is one of the executive producers. Beth’s son Brett, the co-screenwriter of the screenplay, is currently a rabbinical student in Los Angeles.


The film brings illustrator Martin Lemelman’s rich artwork to life, and will allow this story to reach a much broader audience all over the world. Now more than ever, it is essential to continue teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to young children in an impactful and palatable way, so that such horrific events are never forgotten and never repeated.

The film is presented by The Goldrich Family Foundation in association with USC Shoah Foundation, executive producers Melinda Goldrich and Stephen Smith, produced by Lisa Effress of 11 Dollar Bill, animation by Jeffrey Pittle and Christian Robins, original score by Daniel Alcheh and recorded by The Bow Tie Orchestra and Choir of Moscow, co-written by Brett Kopin and Marc Bennett, story by Greg Ferkel, directed by Marc Bennett, and narrated by Ed Asner.

Stay tuned for updates about Liberation75’s upcoming Education Days for teachers and students!

Liberation75 is the world’s largest gathering to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust.

Brought to Canadian educators by Liberation75 and USC Shoah Foundation

For more information, contact info@liberation75.org

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