Baruch Liber, a Chazaan (cantor) and Sofer (religious scribe who can write and repair Torah scrolls, Mezuzah scrolls, etc.) was born in 1874.

He was the oldest son of Chana Beilah and Rabbi Labe Meir Lieber. He taught his brother, David, to also be a Chazaan and Sofer. David was seventeen years younger than Baruch, and Mitchell Lieber's grandfather.

In the film, viewers learn what Mitchell Lieber learns about Baruch Liber and his life, and the lives of other Jews from Latvia.

Chana (neé Klubinov) Liber, wife of Baruch Liber, was born in 1878. Chana is the daughter of the Vitebsk (a city in Belarus) Sofer (a religious scribe who can write and repair Torah and Mezzuzah scrolls and other sacred parchments), Baruch's teacher. [She should not be confused with Chana Beila Liber, her mother-in-law.]

In the film, viewers learn what Mitchell Lieber learns about Chana (neé Klubinov) Liber and her life, and the lives of many other Jews from Latvia.

Moshe Liber is the son of Baruch and Chana Liber and was born in 1909 . This means he is a first cousin of Mitchell Lieber's father. After this photo was taken Moshe matured, started a clothing business, married and had a daughter.

In the film, viewers learn what Mitchell Lieber learns about Moshe Liber and his family and their life, and the lives of many other Jewish families from Latvia.

The Riga Ghetto which was in existence from 1941-1943. The sign warns, in both Latvian and German, that those who attempt to enter the Ghetto or contact its inhabitants will be shot.

Created in August 1941, the Riga Ghetto initially held only Latvian Jews. Beginning in December 1941 it also housed Jews from Germany and other European countries and had outposts such as Kaiserwald and Lenta.

In the documentary, viewers learn - in detail - about the fates of Lieber family members and of other Latvian Jews taken to the Riga Ghetto.

Rumbula Forest, outside of Riga Latvia, is 8 kilometers from the Riga Ghetto. This forest played a pivotal role in the Nazi liquidation of the Riga Ghetto's Latvian prisoners.

In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Rumbula Forest became a gathering place for young Jews who cleaned up the site and marked the mass graves. A series of memorials were erected at Rumbula over the years, some of which only stood for one day. The history of Rumbula and its memorials illuminate the environment in Latvia for Jews under the Nazis, Soviets and after Latvian independence. The Soviet era memorial stone at Rumbula Forest is believed to be the first official Holocaust memorial in the USSR.

In the documentary, viewers learn about Rumbula Forest's history and contemporary role. After seeing the film, viewers will have more than one answer to the question, "What is Rumbula Forest?" More importantly, viewers may ponder the question "Why Rumbula Forest?"

The generations in this 1951 wedding photograph link Mitchell Lieber to Chana Beila Liber. The wedding couple is Mitchell's parents, Herbert & Suzanne. To the left of the groom is his father, David Lieber, son of Chana Beila. Immediately in front of David is his wife Rose, who is Herbert's mother.

Mitchell Lieber knew David and Rose well, and David was his link to Chana Beila, although grandfather David and his wife Rose never spoke of their family in Russia (Latvia).

An older offspring of Chana Beila and Rabbi Labe Meir Liber is also in this photograph. The groom's Uncle Reuben Lieber is just to the right of the young boy seen in the left portion of the photo.

In the documentary, viewers learn how Reuben, then young David and eventually Rose leave Latvia for the U.S. amidst intense life challenges.

Mitchell Lieber holds his newborn daughter in 1998. Naming her for great grandmother Chana Beila Liber, a rebbitzen (rabbi's wife) from Latvia, led to his search for information about her as well as her place, time and family. This genealogy story is the narrative device that brings viewers to the film's main story of Jews in Latvia.

In 2001-2002, the fruits of this genealogy research moved Lieber to create the web site The history that he continued to learn led to this documentary. Those who see the film will understand why. Some may investigate their own family connection to history.

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Production of Rumbula's Echo is being funded by large and small contributions from individuals, organizations, family funds and larger funding entities. The Rumbula's Echo community literally spans the globe from the U.S. to Israel to Australia.

All supporters will be gratefully acknowledged on the film's web site, in its full theatrical credits, and invited to special preview screenings of Rumbula's Echo. Click here for a contribution form (pdf) with examples of the part of the film your support funds, for amounts ranging from $50 all the way up to $10,000. If you can contribute more than $10,000, please contact us for more information about support opportunities at 312-602-3302.

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Rumbula's Echo has been supported by grants from:

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Support has also been provided by:
Herman and Vera Hertsberg
Rozansky Family Foundation – Phil Rozansky
Mitchell Lieber
Sia Hertsberg
Sheila Johnson Robbins
Anna and Mark Hertsberg

Anshe Emet Congregation - Debby Lewis, Ritual Director & Rabbi Michael Siegal
Leah and Rudolph Baron
Sue and Irvin Belzer
Frumie and David Burns
Jacob Lake
Professor George Schwab
Jeffrey and Judith Silverman

William Sherlock
Donna and Ronald Meibach
Michelle and Sandy Blechman
Susan Shapiro
Am Yisrael Congregation – Rabbi Debra Newman-Kamin
Samuel Dorevitch and Vivien Eisenberg
Gerald Elbin
Jewish Survivors of Latvia – Gerta Feigin
William Obrien
Dina Obolsky
Sara Rabito and Erwin Erdoes
Honorable Ilana Rovner

Additional support provided by:

Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel Bella Solo
William Siskel Robert and Jocelyn Sharlet
Leo, Helen, and Jeff Kaushansky Tanya Segal
Ann and Robert Avery Nina Mahkinson
Judy Belzer-Weitzman and Mark Weitzman Victor and Natasha Lichtenberg
Michael and Janice Welbel Dale and Pamela Kaufman
Lora B. Skevin Carol Been and Daniel Freedman
Igors Semetovs and Jevgenija Starostina Jacqueline and Anthony Greis
Judy Rosenbaum Aimee Solo
Paula and Robert Lieber Alex Kor
Norm and Cynthia Goldring Fran and Alan Mendelowitz
James and Susanne Wiesen Semyon Margolin and Tatyana Margolina

Jakov and Frida Bek Jewish War Veterans of USA - North Shore Post 29
Eric Benjaminson Vivian and Marshall Kahn
Lyndon Clemens Miriam and Sam Kraemer
Richard Cohen Barbara and David Lansing
Lionel Dredze and Diane Kagan Sidney Lubitsch
Edythe Elfman Lilian Malt
Regina Farber Charles and Bea Schutz
Dorren and Philip Feitelberg Susan Schwartz
Charlotte Glass Roger Weinberg
Stephanie Hayes Anonymous
Michael Hertsberg  

Richard and Corrine Allegretti Estelle and Wayne Ruderman
Hillel at Northern Illinois University - Robert Carolyn Sacks and Judith Ruttenberg
Tarragano Morton and Marianne Schreiber
Frances and Steven Shapiro Cantor Stuart Simon and Bonnie Simon
Jo Ellen Kerwin Mark and Mae Spitz
Al Dorevitch Susan Schaff
Richard and Jennifer Bauer Toby Frankel
Cheryl and David Chatroop Sandra and Stuart Horwich
Robert and Kathleen Cieslak Irving Kaplan
Daniel and Maxine Frankel Margie Oppenheimer
Alan and Ruth Greenthal Luisa Orchow
Grady and Lora Sue Houser Barbara and Jack Blumberg
Mary and Dominick Ignoffo Edward and Maria Chupack
Rebecca Israilevich Fayvish and Polina Dimanshteyn
Lawrence and Elissa Rubinstein Chad Guenther
Sarah Small Benita and Marc Haberman
Janet A Svatos Larry Goldstein
Michael Zimmerman Laura Lambrecht
Lisa Ginsburgh Efrat Rebish
Vivan Handel Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Shaffer
Roman Kahn Arlene Shirman
Marcia Pruchno Lawrence Karen Weiss
Yonit Hoffman Anonymous (6)
Dorit Weinberg Ana Bensinger
Lev Yaroslavskiy Bernard and Marylee Farber
Anita Scheindel Daniela Herman
Stephen and Louise Cohn Maria Kaplan
Julie and Raul Diaz Rachelle and Alan Miller
Ina Grodzin Anonymous (8)
Laurie and Jeffrey Hecht  

In kind support for this documentary provided by:
Addicott Web (web design)
Edward Anders
DSG Consulting LLC (accounting)
Foley & Lardner
Lieber & Associates
Mark Ziner, Creative Director and Graphic Artist

Hotel and Restaurant assistance provided by:
Arlington, VA: Highlander Motel
New York City: Holiday Inn GW Bridge Fort Lee, NJ
San Francisco: Doubletree Hotel - San Francisco Airport
Riga: Reval Latvija
Daugavpils, Latvia: Park Hotel Latgola
Liepaja: Hotel Kolumbs
Skokie, IL: Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-North Shore/Skokie

Washington, D.C: The Cosi Cafe of Rosslyn, VA
Liepaja: Kolumbs Restaurant
Riga: Restaurant Menora
Chicago area: The Bagel


Web site creative consultant, logo design and photo assistance: Marc Ziner

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