Film: Once in a Lifetime

A dedicated high school teacher is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, proves to be more difficult than expected.

Undaunted, she tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazis.

The project is met with extreme resistance until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor dramatically changes the students’ attitudes. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens begin to see one another –  and themselves – in a whole new light. Based on a true story, this drama demonstrates the enduring impact of Holocaust education in transforming future generations.

The film screening will be followed with remarks by Steve Heisler, a former Highland Park High School teacher and child of survivors. Mr. Heisler has given talks about the Holocaust to teens of all faiths and backgrounds throughout the New York metropolitan area.

The film screening and talk are open to the public at no charge (an $8 donation is suggested). The film runs 105 minutes and is in French with English subtitles. Click to see the trailer.


  • Sat, Mar 3, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm