December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum applauds the selection of “One Survivor Remembers,” a documentary co-produced by the Museum about Gerda Weissmann Klein’s story of survival during the Holocaust, for addition to the National Film Registry. The film was produced by HBO.
“Gerda’s powerful story of survival resonates for people from all walks of life. This national recognition speaks to the enduring relevance of the Holocaust and the lasting impact she and other survivors have had on American society,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield.
Each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. The films must be at least ten years old.
“One Survivor Remembers” is based on Gerda Klein’s testimony that is featured in the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition and is currently being shown during the Museum’s 20th Anniversary National Tour. Gerda was liberated by the U.S. Army in May 1945. She met her husband, Kurt Klein, when he and his troop liberated her and other women. In February 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has also served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the Museum’s governing board.
“We would also like to thank our partners at HBO, Kary Antholis and Sheila Nevins, as well as Raye Farr, Director of the Museum’s Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, and former Museum Research Institute Director Michael Berenbaum,” continued Bloomfield.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org