10 2024

Film screening and discussion of “How Saba Kept Singing”

6:30PM - 8:30PM  

Congregation Etz Chayim 3853 Woodley Road
Toledo, 43606

Film screening and discussion of “How Saba Kept Singing”

with Avi Wisnia, filmmaker and award-winning singer/songwriter


Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Congregation Etz Chayim
FREE - includes kosher desserts
RSVP link: https://form.jotform.com/jewishtoledo/JCRC-events


The award-winning documentary film, How Saba Kept Singing, shares the story of Cantor, Holocaust Survivor, and Military Veteran, David “Saba” Wisnia z’’l, who spends his later years traveling with his grandson and musical accompanist, Avi Wisnia, sharing the story of how he survived the Holocaust through music which the duo perform together. For years, Cantor Wisnia’s story centered around the belief that he survived Auschwitz mainly by using his beautiful singing voice to entertain his Nazi captors. These performances in the death camp gave him status as a ”privileged prisoner.” However, when David takes his family back to Poland for one last performance, Avi starts asking questions and they discover that someone else had a hand in Saba’s survival. A powerful and uplifting story about music, faith, family and resilience, proving love can grow and take hold in even the darkest of places.


Special Toledo connection: David Wisnia’s son, and Avi Wisnia’s father, Cantor Eric Wisnia z’’l, was Assistant Rabbi at Temple Shomer Emunim from 1974 to 1977. While Avi is in Toledo, he will speak at local schools about his grandfather’s story.


Contact Daniel Pearlman with questions: daniel@jewishtoledo.org.