Doniphan Blair

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Friday, 18 February 2022 01:28

New Book

Love at the End of the World:
Stories of War, Romance and Redemption

by Tonia Rotkopf Blair


A few years after Tonia Rotkopf Blair was filmed for “Our Holocaust Vacation” in 1997, she dedicated herself to writing. Although she had already written a few stories, she enrolled in a writing class and began pouring her most poignant memories into precise stories in a provocative teenage voice. A few stories cover events in the movie, others her years in South America and New York but almost all grapple with the Holocaust as experienced by a young woman.


Although her entire teen years were under the Nazi boot suffering immense horror, she didn't let that stop her from practicing kindness, learning about romance, and developing intense relationships, some of which saved her life. From falling in love with a young man while jammed in a cattle car to chaste flirting with a German pilot and other liaisons, she kept her heart and dreams alive and inspired others.


Indeed, the book includes an essay by her son, Doniphan Blair, also its editor, which revisits Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” as “survival of the lovingest."


"Love at the End of the World” is available at most book sellers and lists at:


Kindle $4.95 (US)
Paperback $12.95 
Hardback $26.95


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.

Friday, 22 April 2011 20:24

One Hour OHV 57:50

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!

Monday, 18 April 2011 06:46

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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

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Be Happy Poster with text by Michelene Maurel

This striking 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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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 09:29

Observations in May

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"

Since the film is about healing from terror, that is appropriate.  I applaud what is now happening in the Arab democracy movement, but for it to flourish, its members will have to normalize thinking about Israel.  A good way to start would be to recognize the history of the Holocaust and its healing.

This is not to compare suffering but to understand history as pre-natal psychology.

Our Holocaust Vacation was supposedly accepted by the Tehran International Film festival but we didn't submit it because we didn't receive an upper level administrator's OK.  Nevertheless, we are very interested in communicating with Iranians, Arabs and Muslims about the Holocaust story, people's right to flee terror and the subsequent land swap with Arabs and the conflicting narrative of the Jews as only Zionist colonialists.

Art and story telling is the way to allow these two competing narratives to heal and move the Middle East culture towards acceptance of Israel as well as its own democracies.

Monday, 11 August 2008 22:13

Transcendence in the Holocaust

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.

Saturday, 09 August 2008 07:49

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