The Day – Grant awarded for locally produced Holocaust film


Connecticut Humanities awarded a $24,999 Implementation Matching Grant to the Garde Arts Center in New London to support the production of the documentary film “Henny and Hannover”.

The film will highlight the life of the late Henny Simon, a Holocaust survivor and refugee from Hanover, Germany, who came to America and, shortly after arriving in America, purchased a chicken farm in Colchester, Connecticut. After years of silence, Simon began speaking in public schools, colleges and universities about his experience, often doing so with his end-of-life companion Ben Cooper, a World War II veteran who helped liberate Dachau concentration camp.

The film will be produced by Southeast Connecticut resident Jerry Fischer, who produced the 2017 CPTV film “Harvesting Stones,” and will be co-directed and filmed by the National Geographic photographer, documentarian and cinematographer. , Todd Gipstein.

The film will premiere in 2023 at the Garde Arts Center and will air on CPTV.

Tax-deductible donations in support of the film can be made to the Garde Arts Center with a note “dedicated to Henny and Hanover” by mail to the Garde Arts Centre, 325 State St., New London, CT, 06320, or online at Indicate in the additional comments that the donation is for Henny and Hannover. More information can be obtained on the film’s website or by writing to


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