United States Premiere of Haviva Reick Film
Photo, left: Mirka Molnar Lachka, producer of Return to a Burning House, and Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, director of Remember the Women Institute, participate in the panel discussion. On the table in front of them is the book Haviva Reick by Tehila and Zeev Ofer. Photo, right: Participants at the event to honor Haviva Reick are, left to right, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in new York; Dr. Rochelle G.Saidel, director of Remember the Women Institute; Judith C. Siegel, Director of Academic and Public Programs, Center for Jewish History; Hon. Jana Trnovcova, Consul General of the Slovak Republic in New York; Dr. Thomas Ort, Assistant Professor of History Queens College; Mirka Molnar Lachka, producer of Return to a Burning House. The two Consuls General spoke about Haviva Reick before the screening of the film. Afterward, the other participants were part of a panel discussion. Photos by Karen Shulman
Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute and Remember the Women Institute
and the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York NY
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Haviva Reick in her British Army uniform.
Return to a Burning House, a new Slovakian feature documentary (with English subtitles) portrays the life of heroine Haviva Reick (1914-1944), an activist during the Slovak National Uprising, a member of British Intelligence and the Palmach, and a passionate Zionist leader. Haviva left her beloved native Slovakia to found a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in British Mandate pre-Israel Palestine. After joining the Palmach strike force of pre-Israel's army, she was recruited by the British military in 1944 and sent back to Slovakia to rescue Allied airmen and help the remnant of the Jewish community. Using interviews with people in Slovakia, Israel, and Great Britain, some of whom knew Haviva, as well as archival material, the film tells the story of a compelling and inspiring woman.
After the film, there was a discussion by Mirka Molnar Lachka, producer of the film; Thomas Ort, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Queens College; and Rochelle Saidel, Director of Remember the Women Institute. A reception followed.
More information on Haviva Reick and the film.
Remember the Women Institute featured in Times of Israel article about Haviva Reick.