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PAGE 12 HERITAGE FLORIDA APRIL 4, of survival, 'The ,' scores upset at By Tom Tugend LOS ANGELES (JTA)-- The Pianisi, a searing film of one Jew's survival in War- saw during the Nazi occupa- tion, scored a major upset when it won three Oscars this week. The film, which is based on a memoir by Wiadyslaw Szpilman, garnered Academy Awards for director Roman Polanski, actor Adrien Brody and screenwriter Ronald Harwood. Nowhere in Africa, which depicts a Jewish family that resettles in Kenya after being forced to flee Nazi Germany, won for best foreign film. Most American critics had predicted the three winners for The Pianist would be dis- taut also-rans in the Oscar voting. Hear Better With AMERICA'S CHOICE HEARING CENTER, INC. "Hearing Aids Custom Made" Hearing aid Humana Provider Quality Care Competitive Prices Hearing Aids Video Ear Scans ~ Complete Care repair overnight Senior Specials CONSTANCE I. JONES Audioprosthologist Specialists in Computer Programmable Hearing Aids 5924 S" Orange Avenue" Orland ' FL 32809 855-9799 Their victories illustrated of the sadness and the dehu- once again the enduring hold manization ofpeopleattimes of the Holocaust on the imagi- of war," he said. nation and sentiments of the Dustin Hoffman, who had film industry, earlier introduced abriefseg- Polanski,whoescapedfrom ment of "The Pianist," de- the Krakow Ghetto as a 7- scribed the film's theme as year-old boy, was not present "the triumph of the human at Sunday evening's 75th an- spirit and of the transform- nual Academy Awards. He is ing power of art." The Pianist officidl y a fugitive from the got off to a slow start by miss- United States for having en- ingoutinthreelessercatego- gaged in unlawful sexual re- ries for which it had been lations with a minor, nominated. It also ceded the The statuette was ac- best picture Oscar to the mu- cepted on behalf of the di- sical Chicago, whose direc- rector by presenter Harrison tor, Rob Marshall, had been Ford. Polanski had been pre- considered the odds-on favor- viously nominated for his iCe to win in his category. films Tess, Chinatown and Less of a surprise was the Rosemary's Baby. Loud up- Oscar for Nowhere in Africa plause greeted the an- as the top foreign film. nouncement of Polanski's AnotherHolocaust-themed win. film, Prisoner of Paradise, Brody, in his first major about a Jewish entertainer starring role, portrayed pin- whodirectsaNazipropaganda nist Szpilman, one of a hand- film, failed to win in the docu- ful of Jews to survive the mentary feature category. photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films L Silas Kerati, left, as Jogona and Karoline Eckertz Regina in a scene from the movie 'Nowhere in Africa.' quesl ehild doomed uprisings of the Also outside the winner's Custom Windows and Doors" [ ghetto and city of Warsaw circle, in the documentary Verse. during the five years of Nazi short subject category, was tObel: Will your windows weather the next storm? I military rule. The Collector of Bedford idet oql An obviously stunnedStreet,'thestoryofadevelop- r Brody exceeded his allotted mentallvdisabledJewishman Energy efficient replacement [ windows I acceptance speech time. in New York who collected photo by on th "Myexperiencesofmaking morethan$125,000formedi-Adrlen Brodg, in his Oscar winning performance Our cl this film made me very aware cal charities, man PolansM's 'The Pianist.' " Gutters and down spouts I Seard I "Screen encl sures I:latll [ Siding 11 Isra li d el 1 h i,Tall: Soffit and facia ] e stt ents s e norma c3 at sc c S. Klein Contractors I y Matt ew Gutman her commanding sense of pressed. Over 80 percent of travel agent, was a yoO Portar i Por I calm, presided over the 31 students living in the "dan- mother with two toddlerS*' dren Financing m TEL AVIV (JTA)--Clutch- kindergartners, ger zone",the greater Tel the time. . aSked Avmlable [ ink one drooling infant to her "What is there to be her- Aviv area - attended school. "I had to put my baby '3k'hy hip and racing after her Cod- vous about?" she asked a re- The superintendent of Is- something that most re;The u, I bag' 2478 Tahoe Circle Steve Klein dler, Shirli Shaked notedthat porter, raeli elementary schools, Eti sembled a big plastic ;. ! gOod I Winter Park, FL 32792 407-657-0158 during the 1991 Persian Gulf "If something should hap- Helmer, told JTA in an inter- just remember the way ] S rts ar, "I went to 'end of the pen, which it won't, I have view at Tel Aviv's A.D. would scream and yell. ~ [ friencL World' parties. Now I'm chasi: this list of parents prepared Gordon School that the 20 must she"- the baby w ,nl1 II I ve rr O O O O O O O O O ink after leaking diapers, to come help, and we'll move percent stillabsent"werejust months old at the time-' l SPell L0111Ig felt being stuffed int a PlaSU/ ( extending an already" long the children to the bomb shel- DO Standing outside the Thau " kindergarten in Tel Aviv, ter," she said, pointing to a weekend."Enrolimentwould bag by this strange creaW | Shaked, who in1991hadjust squat, triangular concrete soon be full again, she pre- wearing a gas mask?" sJJ ] GI finished her military duty, structureoutsidethewindow, dicted, asked. | O AT I1 qlh 0 said that this time she hadn't Israel's Education blinistry But not everyone shared Whatwasworse, Algom ;1 OO prepared a sealed room or has tried to take every pos- Helmet's confidence. As a fe- alone. Her husband waS' ,1 OO " Congregation Beth Am gotten gas masks for her fam- sible precaution, while fos- male classmate ruffled his signed to a special I'I l ily, teringasenseofcaimbyurg- blue mohawk, Roy, 14, spoke Front Command unit What s the point? she ingparentstosendtheirchil- candidly, assessed whether incorn|t,The O Announces a half-off deal! asked."The chances anything dren to school. "Frankly, this whole thing Scuds had been armed will happen are so small - and If you have been unaffiliated The ministry reiterated scares me. The thought of nonconventional weap . ,t| besides, I honestly don't be- Sunday that all education fa- missiles with chemical weap- Algom claims thatbotlat t [ to shal O with any central Florida lieve" the masks "will help if, cilities would carry on oper- ons falling in my back'yard is children carry emoti01w,| larse O Synagogue for 12 months or more O God forbid, Scuds begin to aCing as usual, despite the pretty stressful," he said. scars from the 1991 war itho O You can now join our fall." Inside the kindergarten U.S.-led war against Iraq. Roy stayed at home late last sound almost comical: | O Beth Am family at half orice things were different, as per AtthepeakoftheScudmis- week, during the peak of the have an overwhelming l ," - Education Ministry orders, sile scare on March 19, hours threat. He returned to school people in masks, espeCli I' / For the first year Cardboard boxes containing before the war began, Fatuca- this week because he missed clownS.nflW a en Algom, a |ll gt And 25% off the second year the "bubble suit" gas mask tion Minister Limor Livnat his friends, he said, and be- u llappablethird-gen OO In all categories used by children rested in neat defiantly announced that all cause "staying at home with squares above the children's Israeli schools would reopen myparentswasprobablymore resident of Tel Aviv, d" | O For more details boots, coatsandassortedblan- March20,followingthethree- stressful." Shiri, a female ered after the war that l / CALL the Beth Am office kets. day Purim holiday, classmate whose hand was protective units for toTr ' 407-862-3505 Kindergarten teacher llana Barely half the pupils in conspicuously interlocked were unsafe, she OO tO tOOOO t /O tO tOOOOOO Schtibel, whose bun of un- the greater Tel Aviv area withRoy's, noted that for her, never to suffer that [ 15th ruly, dyed-blond hair belied heeded her call the next day, "an alarm would be the most ence again. i however. Attendance for kin- frightening. That is when the This time she wash| dergartensplummetedbytwo hysteria would start." With ink any chances, AlgO . [ thirds, andjusthalfofelemen- every hour of the American She booked her farnily', 0 I tary and high schoolstudents campaign in western Iraq, the take near the Dead Sea] [ showed up. only area from which Iraqi Gedi, and arrived shoro . | In Haifa, attendance was missiles could hit Israel, the fore the first bomb slaO,[ slightly less than 65 percent, likelihood of an Iraqi missile into Saddam Hussein| Sparking the mass absten- attack on Israel decreases, ace in Baghdad on the i tions were reports that lsraeli Consequently, the emer-ink of March 20. ! schools were under-prepared gency instructions issued by According to | Presented by Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday, April 12 & Sunday, April 13, 2003 Held on the Shores of Beautiful Lake Lily (17-92 and Maitland Avenue) Juried Art Festival with Over 225 artists Award Ceremony - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Artist's Party in the Civic Center. City displays; food; children's activities. Sponsors: Progress Energy, Sprint, City of Maitland. Media sponsors: WLOQ and the Winter Park-Maitland Observer. for war. There was insufli- the Education Ministry at the other travel agents, cient space in bomb shelters, start of the American attack of customers inqu many of which had been con- have beenalteredslightly. On escaping vertedtostoragefacilities, and Sunday, classes were held in theTouris schools were short of both schools with prefabricated a boost of about 15 theplasticsheetingandmask- structures that are difficult ing tape needed to seal class- to secure against nothing like the rooms, nonconventional weapons, some had predicted. The result was that many For those few residents of Back in the parents were loathe to send Tel Aviv who sought refuge in garten, Schtibel their children to school, one of Israel's southern cities a trash bin a Several municipal parents' or resort towns, the impetus that she had associations lambasted the for flight was not so much the government for opening fear of death by Scuds as "I remember schools without consulting memories of the panic and who tried to kill us, them. trauma of life in sealed rooms dergartne By Sunday moming, nerves in the 1991 war. "It was Haman the AI a Tel Avivbut he als