Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

November 24, 2008 08:30 ET

Media Advisory: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Hosting Reception and Canadian Premiere of 'Against the Tide'

Movie produced by two-time Academy Award winning Moriah Films exposes the inaction of the American government during the Second World War

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2008) - The Canadian Premiere of the movie "Against the Tide" is being screened by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts at 7:30pm this evening. The movie is narrated by Dustin Hoffman, and is a compelling, factual film that documents the story of what happened in the United States and Canada during the Holocaust.

This sold out screening is a fundraiser for FSWC and will bring together more than 800 guests, including notable members of the community. Jeremy Freedman and Trevor Cohen are the event co-Chairs; and Alex and Simona Shnaider are the lead sponsor.

What: Canadian Premiere of "Against the Tide"

When: Monday, November 24, 2008

Time: VIP Reception from 6:00 - 7:00pm; Screening at 7:30pm

Where: Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts; 5040 Yonge Street (just north of Sheppard)

Who: Mr. Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC, will be available to the media for interviews


Against the Tide highlights the struggles of a young activist, Peter Bergson, who challenged the Roosevelt Administration, demand that the rescue of Europe's Jews become the American Jewish community's top priority. Bergson, through a never before seen 1977 interview, gives a first-hand account of what occurred.

Against the Tide juxtaposes the events in America with heart-wrenching heroic stories of the doomed Jews of Europe and the leaders of Polish Jewry who had faith that their powerful brothers and sisters in North America would be able to save them.

Throughout the film, we are reminded about what can happen as we sit idle while horrific acts are taking place. Against the Tide is especially meaningful as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, while once again witness the rise of evil tyrants around us.

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. It has 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. The Center is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe. With over 400,000 members of all faiths around the world, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking justice for the war criminals. Visit:

Note to Editors:

- This event provides media photographers, camera crews and reporters with photo and interview opportunities. Please contact Jodi Echakowitz at 416-271-7250 to coordinate media assignments.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center
    Jodi Echakowitz
    (905) 709-9600 or Cell: (416) 271-7250