At a time when most countries had shut their doors to Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust, one of the only options for escape was a Caribbean island – Cuba. Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels reveals the little-known story of the Jewish refugees who survived by fleeing to Cuba, and how diamonds become the currency that sustained them and merged two distinctly different cultures. Among the 6,000 Jewish refugees taken in by Cuba were hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters and their families, who initiated a diamond polishing industry and, for a few years, turned the small tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers. Boasting an original soundtrack that blends the pulsating music of Havana and Jewish melodies, this fascinating documentary features first-hand accounts from some of these Jewish refugees as they recall their escape to Havana and life in an exotic and unfamiliar land. Their voices now bring this colorful and uplifting piece of history to light at a time when refugees fleeing conflicts around the globe are again being turned away from safe shores.
Sunday, November 5th at 2:45 PM
Proudly co-sponsored by the
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA