Jewish Federation's Annual Holocaust Memorial Program
The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties cordially invites you to our Annual Holocaust Memorial Service Sunday May 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM Temple Beth Shalom 702 S.E 24th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33990 Keynote Speaker Greg Dawson In 1941 disaster strikes and the Nazi Army is smashing through the Ukraine en route to Moscow. Zhanna Arshanskaya and her family are to be executed alongside thousands of others in the ravines of Drobitsky Yar. A few short miles from certain death, her father bribes a nearby guard, and she escapes into the forest with only the clothes on her back, a copy of Chopin’s Fantasy Impromptu in her pocket, and her father’s parting words echoing in her head: “I don’t care what you do, just live.” Adopting a new identity and ever fearful of recognition, Zhanna roamed the ravaged countryside. One lonely evening, the head of a local Nazi battalion hears her play piano. He is so taken with her exquisite interpretation of Chopin that little Zhanna soon becomes the performing darling of the Nazi forces. Come and listen to Greg tell his mother's fascinating story of survival. Greg Dawson is the eldest son of Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson. Greg has been a journalist for over forty years and has worked for a variety of newspapers, including Boston Herald and Indianapolis Star. Greg is currently a columnist for The Orlando Sentinel. He lives with his wife in Orlando.
Temple Beth Shalom
702 S.E 24th Avenue, Cape Coral , MI 33990