April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
In May 1940 a young Dutchman by the name of Sally Noach escaped from Belgium just days before the Nazis occupied the Low Countries. He joined some six million refugees, flooding down through France in a desperate attempt to escape the Third Reich. It was called the “Grande Exode”, and many of those on the run would later be rounded up, interned and sent to concentration camps. Sally disappeared in Lyon, the so-called “Capital of Resistance”. Later he surfaced in Lisbon, then London and after the war led a quiet life in Holland.
Why was he so reluctant to talk about what he did during World War II? Was he, as some claimed, a profiteer, running the Black Market in Vichy France? Why did he come to the attention of Queen Wilhelmina of Holland and fall out with the Dutch political elites? What is the meaning of the hundreds of letters from survivors around the world claiming he saved their lives?
Now, nearly forty years after his death, his daughter Lady Irene Hatter has decided to retrace his steps and uncover the truth behind her father’s wartime exploits.
The 70 minute film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Lady Irene Hatter and the Director, Lucile Smith.
Lady Irene Hatter
Lady Irene Hatter was born in Holland and moved to London in her early twenties. She is married to the industrialist Sir Maurice Hatter and together they have devoted over 35 years to a range of philanthropic work, primarily in education and in particular to ORT. They are long standing patrons and donors to the University of Haifa where they have endowed buildings, scholarships and educational programmes.
Lucile’s previous credits include the BAFTA-winning centennial anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and over seventy Holocaust testimonies from Britain’s last living Holocaust survivors, interviews which will be housed for posterity in a new Holocaust Learning Center in the United Kingdom. Forgotten Soldier is Lucile’s feature directing debut.