Thursday, 6 September 2018

No Asylum UK Premiere: Anne Frank's Stepsister Holds a Q&A at Screening of Holocaust Documentary

Eva Schloss and Paula Fouce answer questions during the Q&A session after the screening (Photo: Eric Schloss)
London - 6 September 2018 - On Monday 3rd September 2018, "No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story" was screened in the UK for the first time, at Conway Hall, London. The Holocaust documentary shows the desperate attempts by Otto Frank (Anne Frank's father) to get his family out of Europe to safety and save them from the Nazis.

This remarkable documentary came to be, following an incredible discovery at YIVO, the Institute for Jewish Research, by a volunteer who was sorting through some Holocaust archives when she came upon lost letters written by Otto Frank.

Otto and his family - his daughters, Anne and Margot, and his wife Edith - were refused entry by country after country around the world. The film documents the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees and suggests global anti-Semitism as one of the reasons for this. 

Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's posthumous stepsister who appears in the film, and Paula Fouce, the film's producer, attended the premiere and, together, held a Q&A session after the screening. Also in attendance was John Wood, son of Bergen Belsen liberator, Leonard Berney who gives his account in the film of liberating the concentration camp in 1945 in which Anne Frank perished, aged only 15.

The screening-and-talk event was hosted by the mind body spirit events company, Alternatives, and Malcolm Stern, Alternatives' founder, acted as MC. Click here for the Facebook Live Broadcast of the Q&A with Eva Schloss and Paula Fouce:
Malcolm Stern hands the mic to a member of the audience (Photo: Eric Schloss)

Eva Schloss, Malcolm Stern and Paula Fouce (Photo: Eric Schloss)
"I have seen this documentary many times, but each time, I am really shocked...I mean, I went through it but I can't believe this really did happen. This should be a wake-up call; we should show it in every in Parliament for all the MPs everywhere in the world because they really should change their selfish policies," said Eva during the Q&A session.

Paula Fouce: "This film is so relevant at this particular time in our history because there are many similar conflicts and genocides wiping out populations today. Also, the current refugee crisis wreaking havoc in Europe mirrors that which happened during World War II."

No Asylum is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu and XBox.

About Eva Schloss
Eva and her mother miraculously survived Auschwitz when it was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945. Eva's mother married Otto Frank in 1953. Today, Eva (89) who lives in London, works tirelessly in the field of Holocaust education. She is co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. A hologram of Eva is now installed as a interactive display in several museums around the world, where she "personally" gives answers to almost every conceivable question she could be asked about the Holocaust and about her world-renown stepsister.

About Paula Fouce
Paula produced and directed No Asylum. A critically acclaimed author and filmmaker and President of Paradise Filmworks International, Paula’s films include Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama (PBS stations), Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies (PBS stations), Naked in Ashes and Origins of Yoga.

About No Asylum
Released in 2015, No Asylum, produced by Paradise Filmworks International in association with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, co-produced by Stephen A. Kollins, M.D. and Elayne Kollins, The Kollins Family Limited Partnership, The Pinnacle Gardens Foundation and Michael Flores, and directed by Paula Fouce tells the story of Anne Frank’s father, Otto, who struggles to obtain visas to save his family from the Holocaust. This unknown chapter of Anne’s life is revealed through Otto’s letters that show how the world turned its back on the Franks, and millions of other families in the same situation. The full length of the film is 75 minutes, but a shorter educational version that contains less graphic content, currently being translated into several languages, is available.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Memorial Park Bench for Nicky Hopkins "Rock's Greatest Session Man" to be Unveiled in London

Fans now have a chance to be one of 340 names listed on the world's only Nicky Hopkins memorial for a pledge of £100. 

London - 17th May 2018 - Nicky Hopkins (1944-1994), considered by many to be one of the greatest session rock musicians of all time, will be honoured with a memorial park bench at his birthplace of Perivale, Ealing, London. At 12 noon on Saturday 8th September 2018 in Perivale Park, the bench will be unveiled by his widow, Moira Hopkins in the presence of the Mayor of Ealing.

Nicky recorded and performed with many of the world's most well-known artists of the 1960s to the 1990s including the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Garfunkel, The Kinks, The Who... the list goes on and on.

Celebrating Nicky's life, the seat of the bench will look like a large piano keyboard while the backrest will display photographs of Nicky, his biography, the top 20 tracks he played on as chosen by his fans, as well as a quote from Bob Harris.

The bench is being crowdfunded through PledgeMusic, the online direct-to-fan music platform. From 12 noon BST on Monday 21st May 2018, for a pledge of £100 via, Nicky Hopkins fans can be a part of the world's only Nicky Hopkins memorial by having their name listed on the reverse side of the backrest, for posterity. Their pledge will also allow them to put forward, via PledgeMusic's Update tab, their favourite Nicky Hopkins tracks to be considered for the Top 20 Tracks that will be listed on the bench. The Nicky Hopkins page on PledgeMusic will go live at 12 noon BST on Monday 21st May 2018.

Pledging will end at 12 noon BST on Saturday 30th June 2018 or when all 340 name places are taken. Once the bench and admin costs are covered, all proceeds will go towards funding a music scholarship at London's Royal Academy of Music. Nicky himself won a scholarship at the Royal Academy in the 1950s.

The decision to honour Nicky in this way was that of Gray Levett, Nicky's former personal manager, and John Wood, a devout Nicky Hopkins fan.

Gray Levett: "It's unbelievable to think that Nicky won no awards for his stellar contribution to the music industry. Many fans feel, as do I, that he is the ultimate unsung rock hero and that he definitely deserves to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We hope this memorial will go some way towards acknowledging Nicky for his extraordinary talent. We're hoping that his bench will find its way onto London's rock tourist circuit, attracting fans from all over the world."
Nicky Hopkins
© Ossi Baumeister

The wording to be inscribed on the bench (manufactured by Furnitubes International Ltd and designed by Jesse Wilson of Beyond Media) is as follows:

Nicky Hopkins, born Nicholas Christian Hopkins in Perivale, Middlesex (February 24, 1944 - September 6, 1994) was an English pianist and organist. He received a scholarship to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London; though classically trained at the Academy, it was his discovery of rock and roll, and Chuck Berry in particular, that led him to develop his own sense and style of boogie technique. He recorded and performed on some of the most significant British and American popular music recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, and is widely regarded as one of the most important session musicians in rock history, perhaps even the most important. It is an almost impossible act to quantify his near-immeasurable contribution to songs and albums so many of us know and love. Indeed his performances are part of the fabric of classic rock itself. His almost magical ability on the keyboards enabled him to weave just the right sequence of notes, which Mick Jagger acknowledged when he said, “Come on, Nicky, give us some Diamond Tiaras!”. Diamond Tiaras were, of course, what Nicky always produced.

Central section:
This bench celebrates the life of Nicky Hopkins, with love from his fans • Saturday 8th September 2018

"When Nicky sat at the piano, each take would be breathtaking and each one different from the last. He was a truly creative and dedicated musician, modest, quiet, wonderful to work with and never given to overstatement... all his work had an indefinable magic that shines out of the grooves."
- Bob Harris

Created by Gray Levett and John Wood. Designed by Jesse Wilson. With special thanks to Moira Hopkins, Furnitubes International Ltd and Ealing Council.

Top 20 tracks section:
Top 20 tracks featuring Nicky, as chosen by his fans

(The list that will finally appear here on the bench will be announced after pledging ends at 12 noon BST on Saturday 30th June 2018. The list of tracks shown in the artwork above is for illustration purposes only).
The Official Nicky Hopkins Twitter account and Facebook Page:

For more information, please contact:

John Wood
+44 777 152 0001