The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will host two special screenings of “No Place on Earth,” a 2012 documentary, Friday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 18, at 1 p.m. The Friday event will be introduced by local photographer Peter Jones.

The remarkable true story of “No Place On Earth” starts out as a mystery. While exploring some of the longest caves in the world in southwestern Ukraine in the 1990s, American caver Chris Nicola stumbled onto unusual objects including an antique ladies shoe and comb, old buttons and an old-world key. Was the vague rumor true, that some Jews had hidden in this cave during World War II and, if so, had any survived to tell their tale?

“No Place on Earth” brings to light the untold story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived the Holocaust by living those caves for 18 months, the longest-recorded sustained underground survival. Sixty-seven years later, Nicola leads four of the survivors back to Ukraine to say “thank you.”

Building upon interviews with them and with Nicola, documentary filmmaker Janet Tobias filmed the present-day return visit to Verteba and Priest's Grotto caves. Complete with dramatic reenactments, “No Place on Earth” is an extraordinary testament to ingenuity, willpower and endurance against all odds. Jones has been exploring and photographing the underground world for 44 years and will provide insight into Nicola's discoveries a decade ago of the artifacts that led to bringing this story to light.

This film is not rated. Tickets are $8.50, $7.50 for students and senior citizens. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or