Special Screening of The Prime Ministers Part II to Honor the Memory of Ambassador Yehuda Avner
A special screening of The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers, the second of a two-part documentary based on Ambassador Avner’s bestselling book, will be held Monday evening, June 8, 2015 at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, whose film division, Moriah Films, produced the film, is sponsoring the screening in memory of Ambassador Avner, who passed away in March. The film is narrated by Ambassador Avner, and stars the voices of Michael Douglas as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Christoph Waltz as Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Marvin Hier, and members of Ambassador Avner’s family will be in the audience to pay tribute to Ambassador Avner.
For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance NY website.
For further information on The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers, please visit this website’s Films Page.
Ambassador Yehuda Avner was an Israeli former diplomat, and prime ministerial advisor. He was born in Manchester, England in 1928, and arrived in British Mandatory Palestine in 1947. He fought in the 1948 War of Independence, and was among the founders of Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. During a lengthy diplomatic career, he served in positions at the Israeli Consulate in New York, and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, and as Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia. Ambassador Avner served as speechwriter and secretary to Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, and as advisor to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Ambassador Avner was the author of The Young Inheritors: A Portrait of Israel’s Children (1984), and The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (2010), which became an international bestseller, and was made into a two-part documentary film. In 1995, the Yehuda Avner Chair in Religion and Politics was established at Bar-Ilan University. Ambassador Avner was a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and a member of the Ambassadorial Appointments Committee. He passed away in March 2015.