Greenhorn: A Story of Friendship in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
GREENHORN: A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE HOLOCAUST, a film adapted from the novel of the same name and distributed with Public Performance Rights by TMW Educational Media Distributors in DVD, Digital Download, and Digital Streaming. GREENHORN is a powerful film that gives human dimension to the Holocaust. It poignantly underscores our flawed humanity and speaks to the healing value of friendship. GREENHORN is based on the true story of an 11-year-old Holocaust survivor.
Director Tom Whitus with actor Giorgio Poma at the New York premiere of GREENHORN at the Museum of Tolerance on October 23, 2014. Before the screening, Giorgio performed a composition he wrote for the cello to commemorate Holocaust victims. Photograph by Tanya Beers.
Silver Hills Pictures presents GREENHORN with Leo Hojnowski, Giorgio Poma, Tim Borowiec, Zaki Sky, Zane Beers, Matt Oliva, Lee Look, Robert Hatfield, and Manny Lieberman. Based on the book GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger. Cinematography by Andrew Walton, Steven Clark. Edited by Scott Irick. Music by Kinny Landrum. Executive Producers Sandra and Harris L. Cohen. Produced by Tom Whitus and Anna Olswanger. Directed by Tom Whitus. Poster by Andrew Finnie and Michele Anenberg Poma…
In Anna Olswangers Greenhorn, a young Holocaust survivor arrives at a New York yeshiva in 1946 where he will study and live. His only possession is a small box that he never lets out of his sight. Daniel, the young survivor, rarely talks, but the narrator, a stutterer who bears the taunts of the other boys, comes to consider Daniel his friend. The mystery of whats in the box propels this short work, but its in the complex relationships of the school boys that the human story is revealed…
GREENHORN first appeared as a miniature book, published by Anna Olswanger. Paula Koz illustrated the scene of Hershel taking Daniel's box: "Hershel grunted as he slammed the box down on the rebbe's desk and flicked up the lid. All the guys moved closer. 'That's not candy in there,' Irving said. Hershel shook the box from side to side. 'Hey, Daniel, are you crazy? You out of your mind? You been walking around with a rock.'" Three copies of this edition exist. www.olswanger.com/greenhorn.shtml
This second miniature edition of GREENHORN contains an illustration by Harold Eckstein of the same scene: "Hershel grunted as he slammed the box down on the rebbe's desk and flicked up the lid. All the guys moved closer. 'That's not candy in there,' Irving said. Hershel shook the box from side to side. 'Hey, Daniel, are you crazy? You out of your mind? You been walking around with a rock.'" Anna Olswanger printed 495 copies of this edition. www.olswanger.com/greenhorn.shtml
"Rabbi Ehrlich sat beneath a Land of Israel wall calendar compliments of Goldberg’s Delicatessen. He stared out the window at the playground between the yeshiva and South Second Street. Without turning his head, he pulled a wadded-up handkerchief from his pants pocket and wiped his eyes. 'The rebbe didn't like the boiled onions we had for lunch,' a guy in the back row said. Rabbi Ehrlich cleared his throat." From GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger, illus. by Miriam Nerlove. www.greenhornbook.com
"One of the twenty boys from Poland stood outside the room I shared with Ruben and Bernie. Ruben nudged the boy through the doorway. 'The rebbe says you'll be sleeping in here, Daniel.' Bernie and I tried to shake Daniel's hand, but he wouldn’t let go of the little box in his right hand. 'My m-m-mama's got a tin box like that,' I said. 'She keeps b-b-buttons in it.' Ruben stepped in front of Daniel." From GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger, illus. by Miriam Nerlove. www.greenhornbook.com
"Most of the twenty guys from Poland were talking English after a couple of weeks, but not Daniel. He talked only Yiddish—if he talked. 'You want to play a game of Chinese Checkers?' we asked him. 'Nayn.' You want to arm wrestle?' 'Nayn.' 'You want to look at a Captain Marvel joke book?' Daniel sat on his bed and held his tin box." From GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger, illus. by Miriam Nerlove. www.greenhornbook.com
“'Go, read,' the rebbe said. Daniel read the line in Aramaic. Without looking up, he read the next three lines, translated all the lines into Yiddish, and read the corresponding lines in Hebrew from the commentaries that ran along both sides of the page. Ruben's and Bernie's eyes popped open like the tops of soda bottles. Irving poked me in the shoulder. 'Hey, he's even better than you!' From GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger, illus. by Miriam Nerlove. www.greenhornbook.com
"From that morning on, Daniel talked only English with us, even when my Uncle Max took me, Ruben, Bernie, and Daniel to see Moishe Oysher movies in Yiddish at the Marcy Theater. We all sat in the front row and ate licorice pom-poms. 'Hey, Daniel,' Ruben said the night we watched Moishe chant Kol Nidre in his little synagogue up on the screen and then drop dead. 'Did Bernie and me ever tell you about our kid sister? You listening up?'" GREENHORN, illus. by Miriam Nerlove…
"I threw off my blanket and inched my way in the dark over to Daniel's bed. 'I think m-m-maybe you dropped your little box,' I whispered in Daniel's direction. When I took a few steps closer, I saw the tin box on the floor. Something had fallen out. 'Daniel,' I said when I picked it up, 'what have you g-g-got here? It looks like a rock or something. You collecting r-r-rocks?'" From GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger, illus. by Miriam Nerlove. www.greenhornbook.com
"'C'mon," he said to Daniel, 'gimme that box!' Daniel backed away from Hershel, but two other guys pushed him to the floor. 'I said, gimme that box, you nutty greenhorn!' Hershel squatted on Daniel's chest and pried his fingers one by one from the little box. 'S-S-Stop it!' I said. 'If it really is Milky Ways,' Irving said, 'we get evens, right, Hershel?'" From GREENHORN by Anna Olswanger, illus. by Miriam Nerlove. www.greenhornbook.com