Thursday, September 5, 2019
David Fleishman presents his documentary film

This film depicts David Fleishman's grandfather, Morris Saxe, a humanitarian-farmer who brought 79 orphans from Poland to his Canadian Jewish Farm School in Georgetown, Ontario in the 1920's. Despite the difficulties involved in obtaining permits for Jews, and the conflicting motives of people who wanted to use Saxe's reputation for their own financial advantage, the project succeeded in delivering the 79 orphans from the devastation to come.

The film's narrative has universal appeal, Fleishman says, as "it examines the nature of conscience and compassion and the idea that one person can indeed make a difference, which in today's world is a practice that should be acted upon." This story is particularly relevant today, Fleishman points out, considering the U.S. and Canada's stance on immigration.

The account has been the subject of lectures and articles, notably by Toronto professor Jack Lipinsky and Bill Gladstone in the Canadian Jewish News, and has also been covered by CBC and Vision TV. Yad Vashem and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum have acquired the film. A children's book is in progress and there is a proposal for a six-part fictional TV mini-series based on the documentary but written from the point of view of one of the orphans.

Please note that lunch is now 23 dollars