Helise Lieberman accepts the 2016 Camera of David Award on behalf of Tad Taube.
On November 21, the opening night of the 14th annual Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Tad Taube was honored with the 2016 Camera of David Award in recognition of his support of the revival of Jewish culture in Poland. The award honors a director, actor, artist or individual whose work and activities have made a significant contribution to Jewish culture. Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, accepted the award on Mr. Taube's behalf.
The Festival's opening night took place in the POLIN Museum's Kulczyk Auditorium. Among the 400 guests were: Shigeo Matsutomi, Japanese Ambassador to Poland; Ruth Cohen-Dar, Israeli Deputy Head of Mission to Poland; Anna Ben Ezra, Israeli Cultural Attache to Poland; and Agata Rakowiecka, Director of the JCC Warsaw, which serves as one of the Festival's sponsors.
The ceremony was followed by a screening of Persona Non Grata, a 2015 Japanese-Polish production depicting the life of Japanese diplomat Chiune (Senpo) Sugihara, who served as the vice-consul and later a consul in Lithuania from 1939-1940. He and his wife, Yukiko, and their small consular staff provided more than 2,000 transit visas, saving the lives of thousands of Jews. 40,000 people now living around the world owe their lives to Sugihara.
L to R: Helise Lieberman, Director, Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland; Cellin Gluck, Director, Persona Non Grata; Magdalena Makarczuk, Co-Director, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival; Ignacy Straczek, Publicity Coordinator, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.