The Story Of Lina Kantor (Amato)


Filmmaker, Johnathan Andrews, presents the true story of Lina Kantor (Amato), one of the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust now residing in Cape Town, South Africa.

This extraordinary documentary film explores the rare account of how the interventions of the Turkish Consul-General on Rhodes Island in Greece, Selahattin Ülkümen, saved 42 Jews from deportation by the Nazis to Auschwitz during July 1944 - World War II.

Lina speaks from the heart as she guides viewers through the history of her time spent on Rhodes Island as a child, and how her family was saved through the efforts of Selahattin Ülkümen. Yad Vashem ultimately recognised him as “Righteous Among The Nations” in 1989.

The Story Of Lina Amato is an honest and unforgettable story in commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day - 27 January.

Lina Kantor (Amato) - Holocaust survivor.
Richard Freedman - Director of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation.
Elif Çomoglu Ülgen - Turkish Ambassador in South Africa (2017).

Mehmet Ülkümen... Son of Selahattin Ülkümen.
Girolamo & Bianca Sotgiu... Amato family friends.
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Turkish Embassy in Pretoria.
Cape Town Holocaust Centre.

48 minutes

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27 January 2018 - Film Premiere Announcement

Attend a screening of the film!

The film premiere took place on 27 January 2018 - it was an exclusive single event in collaboration with the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria and the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival.

The next public screenings of the film will take place during July 2018 for Rhodes Deportation Commemoration.


The events are free to attend and limited seating available.

12 July 2018 ... CAPE TOWN

17 July 2018 ... DURBAN

24 July 2018 ... JOHANNESBURG

26 July 2018 ... PRETORIA

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