DOCUMENTARY

Die Kunst des Erinnerns - Simon Wiesenthal

The Art of Remembrance - Simon Wiesenthal

This film by Hannah Heer and Werner Schmiedel represents a homage to a man revered internationally as one of the great 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".
Technical Data
Running time: 99
Format: 16 mm
Sound: Werner Schmiedel, Roger Pietschmann; Music: John Zorn
Language spoken: English/German
Subtitles: German subtitles
Production year: 1994
Credits
Director(s):
Writer(s): Hannah Heer, Werner Schmiedel
Cinematographer(s): Hannah Heer
Key cast: Simon Wiesenthal, Carl Achleitner, Tanja Golden, Joshua O. Haberman, Efraim Zuroff, Zwi Werblowsky, Sylvie Corrin-Zyss, Stanley Robbin, Raul Hilberg, Mark Weitzmann, Richard R. Seibel
Producer: Johanna Heer, Werner Schmiedel
Producers: Hannah Heer, Werner Schmiedel