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    Sunday, April 14, 2024

    An impactful life: Henny Simon celebrated in new documentary

    “Henny: A Legacy of Hope” premieres Thursday at the Garde Arts Center. (Submitted)

    A new documentary about the life and influence of Holocaust survivor Henny Simon premieres Thursday at the Garde Arts Center.

    The movie, titled “Henny: A Legacy of Hope,” is by Jerry Fischer and Todd Gipstein.

    The event isn’t just a screening, though. It’s also a concert honoring the late Simon and boasting world-renowned pianist Emanual Ax. He will perform Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique and Schoenberg’s Three Pieces for Piano, Opus 11. In addition, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with choirs from Colchester and New London, will perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy featuring pianist Eva Virsik.

    Henny Simon was a native of Hannover, Germany, and didn’t speak about her experiences during the Holocaust for a long time afterward. She immigrated to America, living on a farm in Colchester. Eventually, with antisemitism and Holocaust denial increasing, she felt compelled to speak out about what happened to her and what she saw. She talked to students and adults around the state and beyond.

    “Henny: A Legacy of Hope,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; tickets $26 to $125 plus fees; $125 tickets include a tax-deductible donation & acknowledgment; gardearts.org, (860) 444-7373.

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