THE ABSENCE describes how The Final Solution was implemented. It presents meticulously researched recreations of Mass Graves, Death Trucks, and Death Camps such as Sobibor, Belzec and Treblinka, where no one was expected to survive. The re-enactments were performed by the community, men, women and children, young and old, who dressed in old garments and revived what occurred, to re-create the systematic destruction as part of the educational project.
Artistic illustrations with musical and theatrical scenes bring messages throughout the film in
which present and past are intertwined, contrasting liberty vs. captivity.
THE ABSENCE is a historical legacy for present and future generations in which students and teachers will contribute in preserving the memory of The Holocaust.
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, one of the most recognized Holocaust scholars in the United States, did the historical revision and additions to the film and the study guide.
He kindly worked pro-bonno to ensure the historical validation and enrichment of The Absence.
The main advantage of the film is that it encompasses a complete out view and correlation of the Holocaust, in an attractive fashion for the students to follow and identify themselves with the content. The testimonies of the survivors are elocuent, orderly, and concrete.
The film presented in a DVD format is marked with chapters that are described in the Study Guide.
This 60 min version of the film with study guide does not contain graphic material and is designed
for the students of Middle School and High School. Other versions of the film are for college students, adults and for Holocaust courses..
The Absence-La Ausencia has been distributed by The United Nations Holocaust Programme world wide to their offices in 80 countries. It has been screened in the UN office in México on January 27, 2012 with ambassadors of many countries as well as representatives of the education system. It obtained an award as best international documentary feature film be the Wake-up festival of the United Nations Organization 2011.
It has been distributed by the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center - Museum in Florida by its director Rositta Kenisberg.
It is distributed by The Holocaust Teachers Institute/University of Miami through its director Dr. Miriam K. Kassenoff
to thousands of educators yearly.
The Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) shared the film online to their Members and Affliates worldwide
by it's President Dr. William L.Shulman.
The Absence- La Ausencia has been shown since 2011 at Michael Krop Senior High School Auditorium to all the Social Studies Students, as well as many high schools around the nation, and it reaches schools and institutions in remote places of the world.
As you open the CD of the Study Guide, you may choose the version compatible to your computer, English or Spanish, version for the classroom, or version for students which is the same but in less pages in case you wish to print it.
The Study Guide describes the essence of the film with pictures and captions.
In the Study Guide you will find a Questionnaire with sections of historical content, research, insight questions and creative writing, with a humanitarian perspective, which will allow the students to participate in the project, by expressing their thoughts, insights and feelings.
The Survivors who entrusted their legacy, their message and their hopes in The Absence- La Ausencia, will forever be grateful to institutions such as yours, and to the educators who instill the best of their knowledge to each generation, as you shape the conscience of the youngsters for them to dream, expect and create a better future.
With my greatest appreciation,
I wish to thank you for your vision, wisdom and open heart for the possibility of implementing “The Absence” as an educational tool designed for teachers and their students.
The Absence - La Ausencia