Events mark the start of the Holocaust

During World War II, in and around one village in Nazi-occupied France, 5,000 Jews were sheltered by 5,000 Christians. This story of that astonishing conspiracy of goodness comes from Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Pierre Sauvage, who was born and protected in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and returned just in time to preserve the memory.

A child survivor of the Holocaust and a child of Holocaust survivors, Sauvage will share this story as he addresses the topic “First Responders to the Holocaust” at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, 2021 E. 71st St., to commemorate the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the event widely considered to be the beginning of the Holocaust.

Sauvage will discuss how the world responded – or failed to respond – to the Holocaust, notably highlighted by his renowned 1989 documentary Weapons of the Spirit, soon to be reissued in a remastered edition. Sauvage also will focus on the American response to the crisis, showing clips from his upcoming documentaries And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille and Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and Holocaust.

To complement the commemoration, the Circle Cinema will show Sauvage’s Weapons of the Spirit, followed by questions and answers with Sauvage, on Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $9.50 for general admission; $7.50 for military, students and teachers. To purchase tickets, visit or stop by the box office at 10 S. Lewis Ave.

The commemoration is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa’s Council for Holocaust Education, Tulsa City-County Library, Circle Cinema, Northeastern State University, and NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The commemoration is free and suitable for adults and youth in sixth grade and above. Contact the Jewish Federation of Tulsa at 918-495-1100 for more details.