By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were scheduled to hold their first official White House movie screening on Thursday.
The Bidens will present HBO’s “The Survivor” in honor of Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance Week, in the White House Movie Theater on the ground floor of the East Wing.
The film tells the story of boxer Harry Haft, who endangered the lives of other concentration camp prisoners to save his own. The film depicts Haft’s experience at Auschwitz, a central part of the Nazi death camp system.
An estimated 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland and at least 1.1 million died, according to its museum and memorial website.
Director Barry Levinson, actor Ben Foster, who plays Haft, the film’s producers and representatives of the American Jewish community were expected, the White House said.
HBO launched “The Survivor” on Wednesday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film pays tribute to the 6 million Jews who died as part of Nazi Germany’s massacre of European Jews.
The White House Cinema dates from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had a dressing room in the east wing converted into a theater, where he watched newsreels, including World War II battles in Europe and Asia .
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