Documentary Tells the True Story of a Holocaust Survivor’s Daughter’s Search to Learn Her Father’s Story
Holocaust Museum Houston to Screen “Berlin Calling”
HOUSTON, TX (May 21, 2014) – Holocaust Museum Houston will present an extraordinary documentary film this June that starts in pre-war Berlin, spans three generations – including that of a Houston-area survivor of the Holocaust – and concludes in the dark and sweaty rock n’ roll clubs that line the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

The documentary film “Berlin Calling” follows Kastle Waserman, who grew up in Houston, on a journey of discovery through five cities – Berlin, Prague, Paris, Los Angeles and Houston – to unearth the details of her father's time in Adolf Hitler's Germany and in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The film concludes with a return visit to Berlin during which Benjamin Waserman meets Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit. This amazing true account of one family in the big shadow of one of history’s most harrowing times reveals the emotional impact that is handed down through generations.

The film will be screened Thursday, June 12, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater in the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

As a child growing up in suburban Houston, Kastle Waserman always knew a dark cloud hung over her family, but her father never talked about his past. Later in life, she uncovered what happened to him and his family during his childhood in the dark days of Berlin and the Holocaust.
Jakob Waserman (born Wassermann) was a master tailor who lived in Berlin, making fine clothes for the stores along the fashionable Ku’damm. Arrested and deported to Buchenwald Concentration Camp, he was murdered by the Nazis in 1941.
Benjamin Waserman (born Wassermann) was a young teenager in war-torn Berlin. After his father’s murder, and with no papers, he went into hiding before being captured by the Nazis in 1943 and sent to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. After years of fearing for his life and living in the squalor of the disease-infested ghetto, he was liberated by the Russians and went to America to start anew.
Kastle Waserman was born in Houston and knew early on she wanted to be a writer. Her defiance against her father’s wishes to lead a “normal” life led to a stormy relationship. At age 19, she fled to Los Angeles and navigated through its famous nightclubs, alive with music and lights, which led her down the road to self-discovery.

In “Berlin Calling,” she suspects her father’s history as a Holocaust survivor and her teenage rebellion are somehow intertwined. She confronts her father about his life running from the Nazis and embarks on a journey that will take her from Los Angeles to Berlin, where she searches for her grandfather’s grave and visits the villa where Hitler’s “Final Solution” was hatched, before reaching Theresienstadt where she is finally able to examine the defining elements of her youth.
The film is produced and directed by award-winning director Nigel Dick, and received a Gold Remi Award at the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival in April.

Benjamin Waserman will introduce the film and take questions afterward.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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