MOUNT VERNON – Most people recognize the movie title “Schindler’s List.” Some know it won Academy Awards; some that Steven Spielberg directed it and others might remember the way the Nazi’s treated the Jews of Poland. But who is Schindler and why is what he did important?
This coming Thursday, July 30, the Chautauqua Series invites you to meet Oskar Schindler as portrayed by Ken Hammontree. Hammontree, a Chautauqua Series favorite, has portrayed over 30 different historical first person living history characters over his 40 year career and brings to life people he feels need their stories kept alive to audiences all across the United States.
Oskar Schindler is important, not only because they made a movie about him, but as Ken tells us, “this German Industrialist initially protected his Jewish workers from the Nazi’s extermination camps for profit, changed over time and dedicated himself to saving as many of his Jewish workers as he could. Because of his efforts there are over twice as many descendants of his list living in Poland today  as opposed to the number of Jews left after the Nazi’s tried to irradiate the Jews in Poland.”
The event will take place at ThePlace@TheWoodward [120 S. Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio] on Thursday, July 30. Doors open for this program at 6 PM and the program starts at 7 Pm with a selection of Jewish Klezmer music presenter on accordion by Marian Funk. Oskar will be speaking to you as if you were his workers and the announcement of the Allies coming is being made. Oskar will be asking for questions from you the audience as his workers] and then open up to any questions about the War, Schindler or any other questions you might have for Ken.
This donation based program is sponsored by Elixir and rent is paid by a generous grant from the Ariel Foundation. All donations go directly to the presenters of the program. For information on this and upcoming programs visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-3018. If you would like an email the Sunday before each program as a gentle reminder, contact Mike Petee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 6, Mike Petee will be presenting a program about the Donner Party tragedy that has a very interesting and very important Mount Vernon, Ohio connection. Come and find out what that connection is.