"J'Accuse" - screening of documentary in Melbourne - A March of the Living Australia event in conjunction with The Lamm Library Australia
March of the Living Australia and The Lamm Library Australia together with the J'Accuse Oz are pleased to invite you to the screening of the world acclaimed documentary J'Accuse! a film by Michael Kretzmer, which focuses on Jonas Noreika, unearthing Holocaust denial and exposing official cover-up by the Lithuanian government which resulted in an internationally-followed lawsuit. This special screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Michael Kretzmer, Grant Gochin an American philanthropist, journalist, politician, and activist and Silvia Foti, Noreika's granddaughter, author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee whose goal is to upend Lithuania’s narrative that Lithuanians had nothing to do with killing Jews, that it was all done by German Nazis.
Jonas Noreika, a Nazi collaborator, signed orders that led to the massacre of approximately 14,500 Lithuanian Jews in conditions of unimaginable cruelty and despite compelling evidence of his atrocities, this murderer is hailed as an heroic patriot in Lithuania to this day. J’Accuse! has become a powerful tool in the world to inform genocidal murderers that they will be held to account. J’Accuse! has put into effect the words “Never Again”.
Bulawayo born Kretzmer left for England in 1976 and became a journalist and film-maker, writing for the London Sunday Times and producing many documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4 and other international broadcasters. He built a small media company which he sold in 2010 allowing him to retire. His first trip to Lithuania in 2019 had a profound impact on him and led to him making this film. He now lives on a tiny farm in the English countryside where he grows vegetables and entertains recalcitrant chickens. He is a father and grandfather and likes motorbikes, travel and a bit of Torah study.
Gochin was forced to leave South Africa after being detained for his anti-Apartheid activities. Now living in California, Gochin works as CEO/Wealth Advisor and Certified Financial Planner. Gochin has investigated and worked to prosecute more than a dozen Lithuanian leaders who participated in or were complicit in Lithuanian Holocaust activities, seeking to strip them of state honours. After applying for Lithuanian citizenship and being denied because of his Jewish ancestry, Gochin pursued multiple lawsuits to prove he was eligible. He wrote "Malice, Murder and Manipulation" documenting the persecution of his Litvak family.
Foti, author of the memoir "Storm in the Land of Rain: A Mother's Dying Wish Becomes Her Daughter's Nightmare" is an award-winning investigative journalist in Chicago and a high school literature teacher. She holds Master’s degrees in journalism, education, and creative non-fiction. Foti made a deathbed promise to her mother to write a book about her famous, WWII hero grandfather. Silvia’s grandmother begged her not to write about her husband: “Just let history lie”, she whispered. Silvia had no idea that in keeping her promise to her mother, her discoveries would bring her to a personal crisis, challenge her Catholic faith, unearth Holocaust denial, and expose an official cover-up by the Lithuanian government.