Beloved: Children of the Holocaust

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Greenville Jewish Film Festival, Greenville Jewish Federation and the Peace Center were please to host the exclusive screening of, Beloved: Children of the Holocaust. This is the incredible story of an untrained artist, Mary Burkett, who creates a living memorial to children lost in the Holocaust.

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About the Movie

Beloved: Children of the Holocaust is the incredible story of Mary Burkett, an untrained artist, who was inspired to draw a picture of a boy she found online – a boy who turned out to be Hersch Goldberg, a five-year-old killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Hersch was the first of what would become a collection of 27 “beloved children” who have now inspired millions across the globe and their message of love and tolerance.

November 9 -10 is called Kristallnacht. We chose the date in memory of those that endured The Night of Broken Glass. In 1938, Nazi leaders unleashed a series of pogroms against the Jewish population in Germany and recently incorporated territories. The night is also known as The Night of Broken Glass due to the shattered glass that littered the streets after the vandalism and destruction of Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes. Together we will remember this tragic night and the atrocities of the Holocaust while stepping out of the darkness to work together to unite and bring awareness to the Holocaust Memorial of Greenville.

The program begins with Arielle Nakdimon, President of the Greenville Jewish Federation, sharing the local impact of the Holocaust Memorial of Greenville. Caroline Warthen, Co-Chair of the Greenville Jewish Film Festival, will read a Holocaust survivor’s recollection of Kristallnacht. Mary Burkett will be available before and after the film for Q&A.

About Mary Burkett

Mary is just an ordinary person called to extraordinary circumstances. She is a retired nurse, wife, mother, and grandmother. Having had no artistic training, in January 2017, she began to create a living memorial to precious children killed in the Holocaust. In seven short months, Beloved: Children of the Holocaust, a collection of 27 beautiful portraits, was complete. Since that time, Mary has gone on to draw more than 100 portraits in five different collections, and her work has been viewed millions of times and recognized in the United States Congressional Record. A select number of Burkett’s pieces will be displayed in the lobby before and after the film screening.