Holocaust in the Balkans: "A Question of Survival" Screening and Discussion - in person


Thursday August 19

Time (Eastern Time)

5:00 PM  –  6:30 PM


A Question of Survival (55 minutes, English, subtitles available) is an eye-opening portrait of three Bulgarian Jews—Chaim Zemach, a cellist; Robert Bakish, an engineer; and Misha Avramoff, a social worker on Manhattan's Lower East Side—as they struggle to place their unusual experiences during World War II into the more common narrative of the Holocaust.

Chaim, Robert, and Misha were children and young adults when Bulgaria's pro-Nazi regime planned, and then cancelled, the deportation of the country's 48,000 Jews. The film explores the complex legacy of the Holocaust in the Balkans through their eyes and through their questions about the term "survivor." 

Join the Museum for a special screening of A Question of Survival followed by a discussion with the film's director Elka Nikolova. The screening and discussion will occur both virtually and in person in the Museum's Edmond J. Safra Hall.