Weekend Open Thread: Premiere of Holocaust Documentary with Survivor

It’s a week for notable days of honor and remembrance.  This past Tuesday, April 22, was Earth Day.  Today, April 25, is Arbor Day — OK, not in California, but in some states — a good day to visit OC’s parks, such as the copse of redwood trees up in Carbon Canyon.  Sunday, April 27 is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  (For some of us, the day actually starts at sundown.)  Timed to honor the latter is the “premiere screening” of a new documentary, “3½ Years Without a Toothbrush: Growing Up in the Concentration Camps of Nazi Germany,” with an appearance by Walter Lachmann, a man who did so as a young boy.  He is the subject of the film to be shown at the Frida Theater (Santa Ana’s new art theater) as a fundraiser for Congregation B’nai Tzedek.

Without a Toothbrush

To crib from and paraphrase the flyer:

Walter was 13 when he and his Grandmother were resettled from Berlin to the Riga Ghetto in Latvia. She was shot the first week. Walter’s story is told with archival photographs and the actual film footage of the British Army as they rolled through the gates of Bergen Belsen April 15th 1945.

The premiere is Saturday, April 26th at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, 305-100 East 4th St. Santa Ana, CA 92701.  There is a parking garage behind the theater ($1.00/hr.)

The doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Rabbi David N. Young will conduct Havdalah (a prayer marking the end of the Sabbath) at 7:15 p.m; the 50 minute documentary will start at 7:30 p.m.  Walter Lachman will speak and answer questions following the film.

Tickets available at the door and at: http://tinyurl.com/toothbrushfilm.

The event is a fundraiser benefiting Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Walter’s name.  The suggested donation is $10.00.  Come share in Walter’s message of Tolerance, although the documentary is not likely suitable for children under 12.

This is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about that, or whatever else you want, within reasonable bounds of discretion and decorum.

And, for those of you who have somehow missed it (or just want something lighter), here’s our lumberjacking video of the week:


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)