Doniphan Blair

Doniphan Blair

May is the cruelest month, my mother still tells me, even though she was liberated May 7.  I went to a ceremony honoring the Jewish partisans at a synagogue in Oakland and watched 'Defiance' last night.

Imagine Irena's surprise when she realizes that not only is the family vacation back to Europe with her grandmother to learn about the Holocaust but her father and uncle are making a movie about it.  Welcome to "Our Holocaust Vacation," a documentary about family, loss, atrocity and even having some fun!

Our Holocaust Vacation DVD 58 min

This new, one hour version of "Our Holocaust Vacation" has been playing PBS stations across the country since the spring of 2011.  Focusing a bit more on the teenage character and with strong music cues, it rocks more than the 84 minute version.  For private use only.

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Our Holocaust Vacation DVD 84 min

This standard length movie includes an introduction about the family, a closing dinner, where family discusses the Holocaust and the teen character displays important developments, and a wrap up of the survivor's travels after the war.  For private use only.

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OHV Institutional Copy and Curriculum Guide -  2 DVDs + 26 page curriculum guide

The Institutional/Curriculum Package includes both the 58 and 84 min. DVDs and is licensed to be shown multiple times to large groups.  It also includes a 26 page Curriculum Guide that lays out OHV alternative view of teaching and understanding the Holocaust.  Some of the subject covered are • The Women's Side of War • Healing from the Holocaust • Mysticism Post-Holocaust • Alternative Reading • And More

$290.00 + $9.99 Shipping/Handling TOTAL $299.99

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Be Happy Poster with text by Michelene Maurel

This sqe9vdking and moving poster is of the survivor from "Our Holocaust Vacation" in Auschwitz.  From a photo by Tonia's husband, Vachel, using a text by Michelene Maurel, and with design by filmmaker Doniphan Blair, "The 'Be Happy' Poster is the most succinct analysis of how to heal from the Holocaust I know," noted Blair.

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Be Happy Fine Art Seriograph

This is fine art version of the "Be Happy" poster.  A three-color seriograph on archival paper, and signed by the artist, this is worth the added cost for anyone thinking of a quality framing.  An example of thought-provoking and healing "Holocaust art," the "Be Happy Poster" is appropriate for any synagogue, Jewish services office or progressive Jewish or non-Jewish home.

$270.00 + $29.99 Shipping/Handling TOTAL $299.99

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Ironically, one the same Sunday, May 1, that Osama bin Laden was killed, PBS was showing "Our Holocaust Vacation" up and down California. We got this post from a viewer in Simi Valley.

"Amidst all the joy about the death of Osama Bin Laden, at 11pm, I was flipping through the channels and came upon the beginning of 'Our Holocaust Vacation' and instead of watching anything about Osama, I spent the hour with you and your family, still blown away about the strength of your mother and the journey of your whole family on that 'vacation.' Peace, Jeffrey"

As much as studying the Holocaust is about horror and tragedy, it is also about the romantic belief in the goodness of man.  First of all, if anti-Jewish sentiment did prevail, we would not be here talking about the history.