Juci Scheiner -- Love On A Motorcycle

Această poveste se petrece în oraşul transilvănean Târgu Mureş, numit Marosvasarhely în limba maghiară sau Neumarkt în limba germană. În timpul celui de-al doilea război mondial, Transilvania de nord a fost ocupată de fasciştii maghiari, care au deportat în 1944 circa 150,000 de evrei spre Auschwitz. 

Juci Scheiner, care provenea dintr-o familie înstărită, a fost unul dintre cei deportaţi. Ea şi fratele ei Andras au reuşit să supravieţuiască, s-au întors acasă, iar Juci a redeschis salonul ei de coafură. A câştigat o motocicletă la loterie, apoi la Balul Motocicliştilor l-a întâlnit pe viitorul ei soţ, Jeno Schoenbrunn şi s-au îndrăgostit. Jeno abia revenise dintr-un lagăr de muncă sovietic.
 
Din cauza timpului petrecut de Juci în lagărele de concentrare, nu a putut avea copii. Jeno a murit în urma unei suferinţe îndelungate, iar după multă vreme Juci s-a recăsătorit cu un alt supravieţuitor al Holocaustului, Aladar Scheiner, preşedintele micii lor comunităţii evreieşti. Juci l-a pierdut şi pe Aladar, dar ea, chiar la o vârstă înaintată este implicată în viaţa comunităţii evreieşti din ce în ce mai mică şi mai îmbătrânită. Acest film se încheie cu un omagiu pentru Joint Distribution Committee, care ajută bătrânii supravieţuitori ai Holocaustului în Europa Centrală şi de Est.

This story is set in the Transylvanian city of Targu Mures, or Marosvasarhely in Hungarian.
During the Second World War, northern Transylvania was occupied by the Hungarian fascists, who deported 150,000 Jews to Auschwitz in 1944. Juci Scheiner, who hailed from a well-to-do family, was one of them. She and her brother Andras survived and returned home, where Juci re-opened her beauty parlor. She won a motorcycle in the lottery and, during a motorcyclists' ball, met and fell in love with her future husband, Jeno Schoenbrunn. Jeno himself had only recently returned from Soviet labor camps.

Juci's time in concentration camps saw to it she could have no children of her own. Jeno died after an extended illness. After a long time, Juci married another Holocaust survivor, Aladar Scheiner, president of their small Jewish community. Juci also lost Aladar. Well into her nineties she stayed involved with her smaller and aging Jewish community. This film ends with a tribute to the Joint Distribution Committee, which, among other things, helps care for elderly Holocaust survivors.

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PREWAR ROMANIA

Juci comes from the city Targu Mures, located in north-central Romania in the historical region of Tran

JEWISH LIFE

The existence of Jewish life in Transylvania can be traced back centuries. The earliest record indicates Jewish presence during Roman times.

HOLOCAUST

As Juci explainds, only 800 of the prewar Jewish population Targu Mures returned after the war.

With right-wing military officer Ion Antonescu’s ascension to power in 1940, Romania formally joined the Axis alliance. Antonescu initiated violent measures against Jews in Romania and in the areas re-annexed from the Soviet Union known as Transnistria. Romanian authorities established their own ghettos and two concentration camps in Transnistria. Antonescu was overthrown in 1944.

POSTWAR ROMANIA

Following WWII, Romania was occupied by the Soviets and after elections in 1946, communism was established as the dominant political force. In 1947, the People’s Republic of Romania was established.

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Juci Scheiner: Foundations of Halacha and Aggada

Religion / Ethics

In this lesson about the "Foundations of Halacha and Aggada", Students will engage in a unit exploring various definitions of Jewish community. They will study both classical (Biblical and Rabbinic)...