Dordt College News

Schaap to speak, The Reckoning shown during Tolerance Week

April 3, 2008

SchaapA “Tolerance Week” observance at Sioux City April 7-10 will include an Orpheum Theatre presentation of the prize-winning documentary, The Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance, and a guest appearance by Dr. James Calvin Schaap, who wrote the original script for the film.

The Reckoning will be presented Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre. This showing is free, with no advance reservations necessary. In attendance will be Diet Eman (World War II Dutch resistance and concentration camp survivor featured in the film), John Knight (also featured in the film); Corey Niemchick and John Evans (Storytelling Pictures president and creative director) and Schaap.

The Reckoning features the Resistance stories of six Dutch survivors, men and women who came to the aid of Jews during Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. It was the second place documentary at the New York International Film Festival this year and has won or become an official selection at the Hollywood, Waterfront, and Washington film festivals.

Dr. Schaap will speak on his involvement in telling the story of WW II’s Dutch Resistance on Thursday, April 10, 2 p.m., at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in the Stanley Evans Auditorium at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. A professor at Dordt College, Schaap says, “Part of our mission as educators is to insure that important stories and events are discussed and analyzed, not only in our classrooms, but in the broader context of the community.”

This is the third year the Gerald L. and Kathleen A. Weiner Foundation has sponsored Tolerance Week, with events coordinated by G.R. Lindblade & Co. A movie trailer, movie reviews, and other information about the documentary are available at For more information, contact Lou Ann Lindblade at 255-4346.

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