HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR OF PARIS ROUNDUP TO SPEAK WITH AUDIENCES
AT TWO SHOWINGS OF LA RAFLE MARCH 15 AT MOVIES OF DELRAY
Rosette Goldstein, a Holocaust survivor who was only 5 years old when French police rounded-up her father and sent him to Buchenwald death camp in 1942, will answer questions posed by audiences on March 15 after the 4:00pm showing of the movie LA RAFLE at Movies of Delray. In addition, Goldstein will intro the 7:00pm showing at the same venue which is located at 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (phone: 561-638-0020). All tickets are $5.00 before 5:00p.m.; tickets after 5:00p.m. are $5 for seniors and children, and $7.00 for adults.
LA RAFLE which made its theatrical debut at South Florida theaters on February 17, tells the gripping story of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup through the eyes of the children and families taken to the Winter Velodrome in Paris on July 16, 1942 during the Nazi occupation of France. Over 13,000 Jews in Paris were detained in the city's Velodrome before being sent via the railroad to Auschwitz and Buchewald.
Goldstein, now 73 and a resident of Boca Raton, managed to survive the Roundup along with her mother. "The film is absolute truth," said Goldstein, who watched LA RAFLE (or The Roundup) this past November during a Boca Raton
fundraiser for the Holocaust organization March of the Living. "They arrested all the Jews on the outskirts of Paris and brought them to the Velodrome d'Hiver. There were many French who were for the deportation of Jews. It was a bad time – very, very bad (taken from a story by Phillip Valys, Sun-Sentinel).
With a meticulously constructed script based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, LA RAFLE (The Roundup) received the Audience Award for Best film at 15 festivals, including both Miami & Palm Beach Jewish Film Festivals,
and became a major box-office hit in France, with audiences that included thousands of young people who came to learn about a dark chapter in their country’s history.
Until recently, little was known about this event in history. Although the subject has been touched on by a few films, LA RAFLE is the one film based on real characters, eye-witness accounts and real events that took place that summer of 1942 in Paris.
Written and directed by Rose Bosch a former investigative reporter who, over a ten year period, researched and managed to find and interview eye-witnesses (firemen, nurses, a child survivor, families and children who were saved by non-Jewish members of the French community, among others) involved during the roundup, at the Veldrome and at the French-run internment camps in Pithiviers and Beaune-La-Rolande. The film tells the story of their executioners, those who organized the roundup, those who believed they would be safe, those who fled and those who resisted. All the characters in this film are real. All the events in the film really took place in that summer of 1942