Special Screening of "There Was Once"

Washington, DC - To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman will host a screening of the documentary film “There Was Once,” on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Ambassador Mike Kozak will deliver introductory remarks.

“There Was Once” tells the story of Gyöngyi Mago, a Catholic high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary, who discovers the history of a Jewish community in Kalocsa that was lost in the Holocaust. Ms. Mago engages her students as she teaches tolerance and fights prejudice in the face of an emerging cultural and political right-wing reality in present-day Hungary.

Following the film is a question and answer session with Gabor Kalman, the film’s director, and Ms. Mago, the teacher, who will join via digital video conference from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. There will be an opportunity to interview Mr. Kalman after the program.

This event is open to the public and the press.

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