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Golden Oldies

A shameless plug here for our annual Senior Citizens' Luncheon. We love hosting this each year, and while attendance numbers have dwindled, the heart to share and participate has grown! We love our "Golden Oldies" and have a wonderful afternoon in store for all.

This year we will be watching the movie "Woman in Gold" starring the wonderful Helen Mirren. This movie is a fairly new release (2015) and is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, and issues of restorative justice.

"Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures."

In the first big attack by Nazi Germany against Jews in 1938, Joseph Goebbels called for organised violence against Jews, their homes, ­businesses and synagogues. One of the homes raided belonged to Maria Altmann’s wealthy family, who owned a sugar refinery and befriended Sigmund Freud and many of the other leading Austrians of the day. Their precious paintings, jewellery, and a prized Stradivarius cello were all looted by Adolf Hitler’s troops. Most valuable of all was The Woman in Gold, a remarkable 1907 gold leaf painting by celebrated artist Gustav Klimt . It was not just a masterpiece, it was a portrait of Maria’s aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, which was of priceless personal value to the family.

Read more about the true story behind the movie in this article in the Mirror. You can also read more on Wikipedia.

Apart from the lunch and the movie, we are planning a few "golden oldies" songs and nostalgic music.

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