Alliance protests Holocaust documentary
KEITH MORELLI of The Tampa Tribune
Long Way Home," an award-winning
documentary about the Jewish migration to
Israel between 1945 and 1948 drew 800
viewers to Tampa Theatre on Tuesday night,
some of whom were survivors of the
Holocaust who cheered at the film's end.
also drew a handful of protesters outside
who said the message in the film was one
of hate. "We are standing up against the
Jews," said Vincent Breeding, with
the Tampa Unit of the National Alliance.
held a poster that said, "Keep Your Hate
Out Of Tampa." "We consider this a hate
movie. And we don't appreciate them
showing this film in our historic Tampa
Theatre," he said, as many of the film
viewers filed past him after the showing,
curiously reading his placard.
Long Way Home" documents the struggles of
the Jewish people of Europe after World
War II and their efforts to establish a
homeland in Palestine.
won an Academy Award in 1997 for best
Marvin Hier, the film's producer,
was surprised to see the protesters. "I've
been to many screenings of this film, and
this is the first time I have ever seen
people demonstrating outside the theater,"
Breeding handed out literature that
questioned the existence of the Holocaust,
some survivors of that period in European
history took exception.
Gross, 72, of Tampa, a survivor of two
Nazi concentration camps, didn't pay much
attention to the protesters. There was a
time Gross may have confronted them.
no more, said the man who was recruited to
liberate Palestine for the Jewish state
before Israel was formed in 1948.
all grow up," he said, saying he chooses
to ignore the confrontations nowadays.
"They know what they are," he said, "and I
know what I am."