Forgotten Soldier

Dir. Lucille Smith | 69 min
Documentary United Kingdom 2018
English US Premiere

Sunday, May 127:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre

Tuesday, May 1412:20 AM E Street Cinema

When Lady Irene Hatter was a little girl, she remembers strangers running up to her father, Sally Noach, to thank him effusively for saving them during WWII. He’d politely, but firmly, dismiss all comers with a tossed off, “forget about it,” and they’d be on their way. During his post-war life, Noach maintained this stoic demeanor, and kept a tight lid on his truly incredible deeds in the wake of the “Grande Exode,” when he joined some six millions refugees fleeing the Nazi advance, eventually finding his way to Lyon, capital of the Resistance.

Now, forty years after his death, Lady Hatter is determined to discover the truth about her father’s wartime heroism.

Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lucile Smith and film subject Lady Irene Hatter, moderated by JxJ Council member Dina Gold.

Co-presented by 3GDC – Washington DC Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors AJC Global Jewish Advocacy, Washington


Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lucile Smith and film subject Lady Irene Hatter, moderated by JxJ Council member Dina Gold.

Lucile Smith’s previous credits include the BAFTA-winning centennial anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and over seventy Holocaust testimonies from Britain’s last living Holocaust survivors, interviews which will be housed for posterity in a new Holocaust Learning Center in the United Kingdom. Forgotten Soldier is Lucile’s feature directing debut.

The inspiration for Forgotten Soldier, Lady Irene Hatter galvanised the outstanding research by her brother Jacques, and went on a journey to discover the truth behind her father Sally’s wartime exploits. The only daughter of Sally Noach and Annie Visser, she was born in Holland but moved to London in her early twenties. She is married to the industrialist Sir Maurice Hatter, and together Lady Irene and Sir Maurice have devoted over thirty five years to an extraordinary range of philanthropic work, primarily in education. In particular, they have made an enormous contribution to ORT, the world’s largest Jewish eductional and vocational training charity, specialising in technology. They have also been long-standing patrons and donors to the University of Haifa in Israel, where they have endowed buildings, scholarships and educational programs. Forgotten Soldier will ultimately be included in the curriculum of the University of Haifa’s M.A Program of Holocaust Studies, an international centre of excellence for Holocaust research and education. Irene lives in London and has two sons, Daniel and Elliot, and two grandchildren Zak and Lola.

Dina Gold was born and raised in the UK and is now an American citizen living in Washington, DC. She is on the board of the Edlavitch DCJCC, a council member of the JxJ (Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals), and a senior editor at Moment, the largest independent Jewish magazine in North America. She began her career at the Investors Chronicle in London as a financial journalist after postgraduate studies at London University and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She later worked as an investigative journalist and television producer at the BBC.

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