Order of AHEPA Bergen Knights Chapter 285 hosted the New Jersey Premiere of “My People,” a feature documentary by Anna Rezan on January 29, to honor the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
“My People” is the story of the Jews of Greece during the Holocaust, the Axis occupation, the great Greek resistance and the role of the Greek Orthodox clergy. “My People” is a hymn to love and courage as it is discovered by a young woman in her quest to uncover her Greek Jewish family’s history. The film is produced, written & directed by Anna Rezan along with Academy Award winners Mitchell Block and Kim Magnusson. Eleni Purgioti, Pantelis Kodogiannis and Zafeiris Haitidis serve as executive producers.
Prior to the film, a short video produced in 1985 was shown highlighting the Order of AHEPA’s role during World War II. Entitled “The Ripples Will Never Cease” it highlighted AHEPA’s condemnation of Fascism, Communism and the Nazis treatment of Jews in 1938, the first organization of its kind to do so in the United States; the half-billion dollar AHEPA United States War Bond effort; the Greek War Relief Effort; and the 5 million bushels of wheat AHEPA delivered to Greece.
The showing was followed by a reception and a Q & A session with Anna.