Public screening of Every Face Has A Name on Nov 1st at 10 am:
8350 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34243
Director Magnus Gertten and Protagonist Elsie Ragusin will attend.
Elsie Ragusin was born 1921 in New York, USA with Italian roots. Elsie and her father went to Northern Italy in 1939 to visit her ageing grandparents. One day they were taken away by the occupying German forces. Elsie and her father were falsely accused of spying and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in a boxcar. Elsies father died in Auschwitz. Like many other prisoners Elsie was exposed to medical experiments. As a strong Christian believer she was offering another prisoner to give some of her food in exchange for a Bible. Elsie was moved to Ravensbrück and from there rescued by the White Buses mission, which arrived in Malmö, Sweden, on April 28, 1945. She stayed at the Malmö Museum and was then taken care of by a Swedish-American family living outside Malmö. She stayed with them for nine months before being re-united with her family in USA. Today Elsie lives in Orlando, Florida.