Student-produced documentary ‘Vital Passage’ to be screened Sept. 23 in Elkhart

The feature-length documentary “Vital Passage,” filmed and edited by Goshen College students and faculty last year, will be shown at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. This screening is free, but seats must be reserved through The Lerner.

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The film chronicles the amazing story of David Plaut and his son, Sidney, Jewish merchants in Goshen, who risked their business and livelihood to provide a passage for Jews escaping the Holocaust.


“Vital Passage” chronicles the efforts of a Goshen family to sponsor and relocate 28 Jewish refugees amid mounting German persecution during World War II. The discovery of a lockbox hidden in the basement of the former Plaut’s Dry Goods store on Main Street in Goshen unlocked a 75-year-old family secret: the Plaut family’s readiness to risk their business to provide safe passage for others.

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For the past four years, a team of faculty and students from FiveCore Media, the Goshen College Communication Department’s video production company, has been developing this extraordinary story that, up until now, was not public.