December 31, 1908 -
- September 20, 2005
March 04, 2008 | National Jewish Book Award
Hannah Heer, director of the documentary "The
Art of Remembrance", contributed an essay, "Searching
for Simon" to the book "Antisemitism,
The Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal",
which won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award
in the category "Best Anthology and Collection".
The National Jewish Book Awards were presented at the Center for
Jewish History in New York City, on March 4th, 2008.
October 07, 2005
Wiesenthal Larger Than Life on Screen
by Robert David Jaffee, Contributing Writer
Simon Wiesenthal, whose dogged persistence led to the capture
of approximately 1,100 accused Nazi war criminals, was the quintessential
larger-than than-life figure filmmakers crave. While there were
some less-than-distinguished films made about him over the years,
they were outweighed by fine documentaries, such as
“The Art of Remembrance,” Oscar-nominated
features such as “The Boys From Brazil” and several
thoughtful telepics . . .
-- The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
The Art of Remembrance: Simon Wiesenthal,
by Hannah Heer and Werner Schmiedel, is a documentary about a
man revered as one of the great Jewish humanitarians of the 20th
century. Raul Hilberg and other intellectuals also perceive him
as a philosopher, although his primary work for many decades was
the investigation of Nazi criminals. In a society which, since
the Holocaust, has largely accepted repression of its own history,
remembering appears as an art, as an ever-repeating necessary
process which permanently borders on social taboo.
Thus Simon Wiesenthal, in his capacity as survivor, describes
his mission in relation to those murdered as "remembering
as a duty"; he gives his life to the service of truth. For
"anyone who denies the crimes and genocide of the past is
opening up the way for the murders of the future".