Providence, R.I. (WLNE) — When Roger Lyons met holocaust survivor Steve Ross many years ago he knew the now 90 year olds life story needed to be told.
“All I really knew about him was that he was the founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, but after a two hour phone conversation and in my pre–interview with him I realized his story was just so deep and complex, inspiring and just amazing,” said filmmaker Roger Lyons.
The two teamed up to create the documentary ‘Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross.’ It follows Ross’ remarkable journey from being a Nazi concentration camp prisoner to becoming a Boston social worker. At the center of the film is a brief encounter Ross had with a US Army Lieutenant that changed his life. That soldier gave a then 14-year-old Ross food, a hug and a small American Flag.
“He searched for 67 years to try and find that solider that helped liberate him from Dachau and showed him that act of kindness,” explained Lyons.
That search eventually brought Ross to Rhode Island.
“He and a family from Saunderstown connected in some way that is almost a miracle– and I don't want to spoil the story, this film, but that was really the turning point in the film,” said Lyons.
Lyons says the connection to the Ocean State makes the Flickers International Film Festival the perfect place to debut the piece. He hopes the audience gets as much out of it as he has.
“Steve's lesson basically is if you are strong enough and feel strongly enough about something you can over come anything,” said Lyons.
The world premier is Sunday, August 13th at 2:20 pm. It will air at the Woodman Family Community and Performance Center on the Moses Brown Campus.