WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Lucille Smith | 69 min
Sunday, May 123:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Monday, May 138:20 PM 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 Lucille Smith and Lady Irene Hatter.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lucille Smith and Lady Irene Hatter
Lucille 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.
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