I Have Never Forgotten You - The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
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How did a man trained as an architect hunt down some of the world's worst war criminals? Discover the life and legacy of legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in this stirring work from the Academy Award®-winning creators of Genocide and The Long Way Home, narrated by Nicole Kidman. Born in the Ukraine, Wiesenthal lost at least 89 family members during the Holocaust. Imprisoned at the Mauthausen concentration camp, he was spared death when it was liberated by Allied forces. He began his fight only three weeks later, volunteering to help the American War Crimes Unit in their search for camp officials. “There is no freedom without justice,” he decided, and embarked upon a remarkable campaign of truly global proportions. With no formal training as an investigator, he helped bring to justice more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals, including the commandants of the Treblinka and Sobibór camps, as well as the Gestapo official who arrested Anne Frank. Shot on location in Austria, England, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the Ukraine and Israel, as well as North and South America, I Have Never Forgotten You combs the world as painstakingly as Wiesenthal, even unearthing previously unseen archival materials. The story of a great man's determined fight for justice, the film provides insight into what drove his search, and what kept him going. “When my life is over, and I meet up with the six million,” he explains, “I will be proud to say to them, I have never forgotten you.” With this film, director Richard Trank and his colleagues guarantee that Wiesenthal's own legacy will never be forgotten.
Director's Statement Collapse
When I was growing up in the 60s, Simon Wiesenthal was a hero to me. He was the only person I was aware of who was fighting for justice on behalf of my grandmother and my uncle who perished in the death camps during the Holocaust as well as for those in my family who were fortunate enough to survive. I never imagined then that one day I would not only meet him but that I would be in regular contact with him for the better part of half my life. I certainly never thought that one day I would be making a film about him. Trying to distill any persons life into 90 minutes is not a simple thing to do. And distilling an amazing life like Simon Wiesenthals was incredibly difficult. Fortunately, a tremendous amount of archival material about Mr. Wiesenthal existed. And we were lucky that colleagues and family members were generous in sharing their recollections about this amazing individual. Our goal with I Have Never Forgotten You was to create a documentary that would do!
justice to his memory and his work. We wanted to be able to help future generations not only appreciate his contributions to the cause of justice for all people who have been victims of genocide but inspire others to follow in his example.
Film Information Collapse
[IHAVE] | 2006 | 105 | Documentary Feature
Foreign Title: (I Have Never Forgotten You - The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal)
Language: English, German
Premiere: North American
About the Director(s)Collapse
Since 1990, Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and director RICHARD TRANK has produced and directed a number of documentaries in collaboration with fellow producer and writer Rabbi Marvin Hier. Among them are Ever Again (2006), examining current day European anti-Semitism in, and its connection to, international terrorism; the short subject Beautiful Music (2005), about the relationship between an Orthodox Jewish music teacher and her blind and autistic Palestinian student, which won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival; Unlikely Heroes (2004), narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, chronicling seven extraordinary people who either resisted or defied the Nazis during the Holocaust; and In Search of Peace (2001), an exploration of the first decades of Israel's existence. In 1998, Trank and Rabbi Hier won Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Feature for producing The Long Way Home (1997), narrated by Morgan Freeman.