Australian Premiere Screening: “The Paper Brigade”

Australian Premiere Screening of “The Paper Brigade” (52 mins) Belgium. Directed by Diane Perelsztejn.

The moving story of how a small band of Jewish poets and writers saved priceless collections of Jewish books and manuscripts from destruction during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania, and then again during the Sovietisation of the Baltic states. Includes rare archive interviews in Yiddish with members of the Paper Brigade, including Avrom Sutzkever, Shmerke Kaczerginski and Avram Zeleznikow (founder of iconic Melbourne restaurant “Scheherazade”).

“Just as we need weapons today, we shall need our cultural treasures tomorrow, and if not us, then those who remain after us.” – Szmerke Kaczerginski, Yiddish poet, partisan and member of the Paper Brigade.

JIFF presents this one-off Australian Premiere screening, with introduction and post-screening Q&A with director Diane Perelsztejn.