Baruch College to Host Defiance Film Screening

Free – Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30pm


NEW YORK, NY-September 16, 2016 – The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College presents a free screening of Defiance,  a 2008 film starring Daniel Craig, Live Schreiber, and Jamie Bell, on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the public.

Based on the true story, the World War II drama/thriller is set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film tells the dramatic story of a group of Jews in Belarus who successfully defied the Nazis, hid in the forest, and maintained a self-contained society while losing only about 50 of their approximately 1,200 members.

After the film screening, Aron (Bielski) Bell will share his personal story and answer questions. Only a preteen when the Nazis stormed his farming town in Belarus, Bell, now 89, was the youngest of the Bielski partisans who led the resistance effort and provided a safe haven for vulnerable Jews who managed to flee into the forests.

The film Defiance chronicles these rescuers, the largest armed resistance of Jews by Jews during World War II.


WHAT:           Defiance– starring Daniel Craig, Live Schreiber, and Jamie Bell

Q & A:  Aron (Bielski) Bell

Free and Open to the Public – Registration is required.


WHEN:           Wednesday, September 21, 2016

6:30 pm -8:30 pm


WHERE:        Baruch College – Newman Vertical Campus

55 Lexington Avenue

Engelman Recital Hall




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to



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