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REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

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Rolf and Leni Weil, both long-time Wilmette residents and among the founders of Chicago's Selfhelp Home, tell their story in a documentary to be screened in the Auditorium.


REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home is a film about the last generation of Holocaust survivors in Chicago and a small group of German-Jewish refugees who came together right before the war to begin Selfhelp. REFUGE, which is interwoven with archival footage, reaches back 70 years to tell the story of this last generation. Little more than a dozen survivors and refugees remain at Selfhelp.


Dr. and Mrs. Weil, as well as the film's director Ethan Bensinger, will be part of the discussion afterwards. Dr. Weil is remembered as the former president of Chicago's Roosevelt University.

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