By Larry Luxner written for The Times of Israel
New Release: Available Now for Film Festival & Event ScreeningsUnder Gen. Fulgencio Batista, Cuba Took In Some 6,000 Jewish Diamond Cutters And FamiliesCuba’s Forgotten Jewels explores the little known story of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found a safe haven on the Caribbean island of Cuba.
Watch the TrailerCuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
Directors: Judy Kreith
& Robin Truesdale
USA, 2017, 46 minutes, In English
Exhibition formats: Dcp, Blu-ray, DVD
A Tropical Story of Diamonds and Holocaust Survival
in ‘Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels’
New film explores the forgotten era when the Caribbean island became a temporary gem hub after opening its doors to thousands of European Jews fleeing the Nazis.
— Times of Israel, August 14, 2017
After a wave of Jewish refugees emigrated in the 1920s and 30s, Cuba shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the ship the St.