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When Memory Comes: A Film About Saul Friedländer 2013


Distributed by Icarus Films, 32 Court St., 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 800-876-1710
Produced by Frank Diamand
Directed by René Mendel
DVD, color, 88 min.

High School - General Adult
Jews, Jewish Holocaust 1939-1945, History, World War II

Date Entered: 07/01/2015

Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

This film is a personal look into the work, thought, and life of Holocaust survivor and historian Saul Friedländer. Currently a professor at UCLA, Friedlander relates to the viewer his autobiography in the context of the Holocaust and his own research into and writing of its origins. We see various images of his family or other photos or film that illustrate his narrative. It can be somewhat disturbing to see the images and to hear of his own fate as well as the fate of his family. Technically, the film is outstanding. Jewish studies and Holocaust collections would benefit the most, as would also those collections that deal with historiography.