Dear Friends: As millions have observed Pesach and Easter around the world, freedom from societal and personal enslavement, and renewal of hope and spirituality, we have a multi-faith, multi cultural event and a remembrance captured on film worth noting.
The 1976 documentary “The Memory of Justice” is newly restored and premiering on HBO this month, on the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, or April 24, 2017. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Marcel Ophüls’ nearly five-hour film uses the Holocaust, Vietnam and other human tragedies to explore the notion of collective versus individual responsibility. The thesis: Any group in power is capable of war atrocities.
Inspired by Nuremberg prosecutor Telford Taylor’s book Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy, “The Memory of Justice” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and earned a glowing New York Times review. “’The Memory of Justice’ is long but it rivets the mind and the emotions so consistently that I can think of a dozen ninety-minute movies far more difficult to endure,” critic Vincent Canby wrote.