Never Give Up: 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper


FREE Monday April 26, 6pm

Never Give Up: 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper
Written and Directed by Terry Sanders
40 Min, NR, Oscar Nominee

The extraordinary story of Vienna born musician and conductor Herbert Zipper who survived Dachau, Buchenwald, and a Japanese concentration camp to become one of the great music educators of the world, continuing at 92 to bring music to the inner city schools of America.  In Dachau, Zipper organized secret concerts using makeshift instruments. He learned the lesson that music and the arts are essential to the very existence of life. For the last half of the 20th century, Zipper has pioneered in bringing professional orchestras into America’s inner city schools.

Awards & Honors
Academy Award® Nomination, Best Documentary Short Film, 1996
U.S. Holocaust Museum, Special Screening
Golden Spire, San Francisco Film Festival
Gold Award, Charleston Film Festival
Silver Apple Award, National Education Media Network
Chicago International Film Festival
International Documentary Congress Selection
Hawaiian International Film Festival
The Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Best Documentary Short, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
David Wolper Documentary Film Prize, Wine Country Film Festival

“We see in the attentive eyes of his pupils that Herbert Zipper teaches more than music. Never Give Up is an elegant tribute to the indomitable character of this 92 year old composer and conductor”
– Katty Kavanaugh, San Francisco International Film Festival

The Council for Holocaust Education has arranged for Jack Zanerhaft to host the film and both introduce it and lead a short discussion following.  Jack Zanerhaft is a Tulsa attorney, son of Holocaust survivors, rabbi to a congregation in Bentonville, Arkansas and member of the Holocaust Council.  He brings a solid knowledge of Holocaust history, as well as personal experience as a child of survivors to the discussion.  Jack will present a short introduction and be on hand following the showing of the film for conversation and questions.

In addition, the Council for Holocaust Education will be selling two relevant books:  The Inextinguishable Symphony written by Martin Goldsmith about his parents who were musicians in Germany when Hitler took power.  Mr. Goldsmith shares the story of how his parents maintained their profssion as musicians with the Kulturebund in Germany and eventually escaped to the United States.

“Through Eva’s Eyes” is the second book which will be on sale.  Written and illustrated by Phoebe Unterman of Kansas City, it is the story of her grandmother Eva Unterman who as a child survived the Holocaust.  Eva Unterman, a Tulsa resident and Chair of the Council for Holocaust Education will be on hand to sign the book and answer questions as well.

The film about Herbert Zipper is a preliminary program to the annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration sponsored by the Council for Holocaust Education, a committee of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa.  On May 6 Robert Elias of the OREL Foundation will join Barry Epperly of the Tulsa Signature Symphony to present a program entitled Captive Melodies:  Musical Voices from the Holocaust, which will be held at 7 p.m, at Temple Israel 2004 East 22 Place.  This year’s topic of suppressed music and musicians during the period of the Holocaust will bring attention to Jewish composers and musicians, as well as other artists, who were not allowed to practice their profession during the Holocaust.  Many of these people ultimately died in camps and ghettos, while a few eventually escaped to other countries.

This Interfaith program is free and open to the community.  For further information contact David Bernstein at the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, 495-1111.

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