WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hosted their first official screening at the White House on Thursday.
The Bidens featured HBO’s “The Survivor,” in honor of Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance Week, at the White House cinema on the ground floor of the East Wing.
The film tells the story of boxer Harry Haft, who risked the lives of his fellow concentration camp prisoners to save his own. The film dramatizes Haft’s experience at Auschwitz, a central part of the Nazi extermination camp system.
An estimated 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland and at least 1.1 million died, according to its museum and memorial website.
Director Barry Levinson, actor Ben Foster, who plays Haft, the film’s producers and representatives of the American Jewish community were invited to attend, the White House reported.
HBO premiered “The Survivor” on Wednesday to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film honors the 6 million Jews who died as part of the mass murder of European Jews in Nazi Germany.
The White House movie theater dates back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had a locker room in the East Wing turned into a theater, where he saw newscasts, including World War II battles in Europe and Asia.
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Bidens will show ‘The Survivor’ for Holocaust Week
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