By Mark Meirowitz

Some call them the Turkish Oskar Schindlers for what they did to rescue Jews of Turkish origin.

Necdet Kent was consul general in Marseilles, France, and Selahattin Ülkümen was a consul in Rhodes during the Second World War. Their courageous actions saved the lives of many Jews during the Holocaust.

On January 17, 2010, at 6:30 pm, the film “Desperate Hours” will be shown in Manhattan (Details are below).

We will also have the privilege of having present the distinguished filmmaker Victoria Barrett.

“Desperate Hours”, filmed in five countries, tells the little known story of Turkey’s rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. Turkish diplomats put their lives at risk to save Jews being shipped to concentration camps, and as Germany began excluding Jews from university and professional positions, Turkey welcomed them.  The film also explores how Archbishop Angelo Roncalli, Apostolic Delegate in Istanbul during the war, who later became Pope John XXIII, worked with future leaders of Israel in rescues. Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council, which issued Nostra Aetate.

Desperate Hours reveals these stories of Muslims, Christians and Jews co-operating in saving lives during the Holocaust. The film has already been shown nationally in the US on PBS, and has received many awards and recognitions.

Desperate Hours is based on authoritative scholarship by American, Israeli, Turkish, and Italian historians as well as interviews with survivors, former diplomats and clergy in Israel, Italy, Turkey, Austria and the United States.

At a time when millions were murdered before the eyes of an indifferent world, there were some men, and at times, some governments, who dispelled the myths that people were powerless to resist the Nazis.

Please join us to participate in this important event and to give recognition to the heroism of these Turkish diplomats.

Adress: Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, 125 East 85th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, Manhattan

Date: Sunday evening, January 17th, at 6:30 pm

There is no charge to attend this event. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required.

For further questions: Contact Mark Meirowitz at, or call 212-918-0645.