The Lerner screens a film about a Goshen family’s efforts to rescue Jews in the Holocaust – South Bend Tribune

Posted By on September 22, 2021

Tribune Staff Report| South Bend Tribune

ELKHART The Lerner Theatre presents a screening of Vital Passage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at 410 S. Main St.

The documentary tells the Holocaust rescue story undertaken by Goshens Plaut family, which came to light with the discovery of a lockbox hidden in the basement of the former Plauts Dry Goods store.

The papers inside revealed that in the late 1930s, David Plaut and his son Sidney witnessed firsthand the mounting persecution of Jews in Germany.

They decided to sponsor and relocate 28 Jewish refugees to immigrate to the United States. This documentary chronicles their nine-year quest as they risked their business and livelihood to provide a vital passage for Jews escaping the Holocaust.

The film was made by Sidney Plauts grandson, Steve Gruber, and Goshen College Communication Department (FireCore Media).

Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved.

For more information, call 574-293-4469 or visit thelerner.com or fivecoremedia.com/vitalpassage.

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