This Is Your Life: Holocaust Survivors
Axel Gruenberg, Richard Gottlieb (U.S., 1953, 1955, 1961)
Introduction by Julie Kohner, the daughter of Hanna Bloch Kohner and the founder and CEO of Voices of the Generations, a non-profit organization to preserving the memory and personal stories of Holocaust survivors.
Hosted by the effervescent Ralph Edwards, This Is Your Life presented tributes to notable people on NBC from 1952 until 1961. Among those people were three exceptional women, all survivors of the Holocaust, which at the time was a fresh and horrific memory. Culled from three episodes, this program presents the lives of these courageous women: Hanna Bloch Kohner, the first Holocaust survivor to share her story on national television, who as a young woman survived Auschwitz and was reunited with her pre-war fiancé; actress Ilse Stanley, who before her forced exit from Germany, effected the release of over four hundred people from Nazi concentration camps; and Dutch housewife Sara Veffer, who spent eighteen months hiding in a twelve-foot square Amsterdam attic with her husband and six children.
“Hanna Bloch Kohner” May 27, 1953. Directed, written by Gruenberg, 30 mins, B&W, DigiBeta, Permission Ralph Edwards Productions.
“Ilse Stanley” November 2, 1955. Directed, written by Gruenberg, 30 mins, B&W, DigiBeta, Permission Ralph Edwards Productions.
“Sara Veffer” March 19, 1961. Directed by Gottlieb. Written by Gruenberg, 30 mins, B&W, DigiBeta, Permission Ralph Edwards Productions.
• Total running time: 90 mins
Preserved in cooperation with the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation from 35mm picture and soundtrack negatives and 16mm kinescopes. Preservation funded by Righteous Persons Foundation and the Ronald T. Shedlo Preservation Fund.
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