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Never Forget (1991)

Unrated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 8 April 1991
A dramatization of a holocaust survivor who confronted a holocaust denial organization's lies in court.

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Mel Mermelstein
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William Cox
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Jane Mermelstein
Paul Hampton ...
Richard Fusilier
Jason Presson ...
Bernie Mermelstein
Juliet Sorci ...
Edie Mermelstein (as Juliet Sorcey)
Nicholas Fee ...
David Mermelstein
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Kenny Mermelstein (as Ben Gregory)
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Elsie Smolena
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Rabbi Hier
Thomas Bellin ...
Rabbi Cooper
Tracy Brooks Swope ...
Ms. Teitler
Leslie Morris ...
Schorr
Beverly Hope Atkinson ...
Lorraine
Thomas Keena ...
Judge Johnson
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This film tells the story of Mel Mermelstein, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who was angered and horrified at the gall of the Institute for Historical Review, a neo nazi organization dedicated to claiming the Holocaust never happened. Although itching to challenge them, he is initially disuaded by the fact that the organization's standard tactic is to post a reward to anyone who can prove the Holocaust's occurance, then ignore all petitioners and claim that no one has presented any proof, thus ensuring themselves publicity and credibility. That reluctance is removed when a friend notes that this kind of lying represents a breach of contract, leaving the organization open to a lawsuit. Using this bold legal strategy, Mermelstein presents his proof, the IHR takes the bait and Mermelstein takes them to court. Now, Mermelstein must battle the neo nazis not only in court, but outside as well as they try to intimidate him to drop a case that would lead the legal recongition of the ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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His memory is the last link between murder and justice.

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After Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), this was the second time that Carl Steven played a younger version of a character played by Leonard Nimoy. See more »

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Ms. Teitler: I'm afraid there's no help we can give you.
Anti-Defamation League man #2: There is no way for you to get satisfaction, Mr. Mermelstein.
Mel Mermelstein: Satisfaction? What I want is justice.
Anti-Defamation League man #2: Any legal satisfaction. This letter is not actionable, which means there are no means to take them into court. Of course, ah, I mean a real court, a United States court, not their kangaroo court.
Ms. Teitler: Let me tell you something you probably already know: Now, the Institute for Historical Review is part of an ongoing germ; it's a network of professional liars ...
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This film was created after a $17 million lawsuit alleging "injurious denial of established fact." The IHR settled out of court, and signed an apology. The apology was to Mermelstein, for extending the IHR gas chamber reward offer to him in full knowledge that Mermelstein was traumatized by the Concentration Camp.

The IHR gas chamber reward (which requires hard evidence) was never pursued by Mermelstein. The IHR gas chamber reward is no longer offered, since it proved to be more of a lawsuit magnet than PR tool.

The judge ruled: 'Under Evidence Code Section 452(h), this Court does take judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland during the summer of 1944,' and 'It just simply is a fact that falls within the definition of Evidence Code Section 452(h). It is not reasonably subject to dispute. And it is capable of immediate and accurate determination by resort to sources of reasonably indisputable accuracy. It is simply a fact.'

In 1988 Mermelstein brought another suit against IHR, which he lost.


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