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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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Bernie Mermelstein: Goin' into the Nazi huntin' business, hey dad?
Mel Mermelstein: What's that supposed to mean?
Bernie Mermelstein: Isn't that what they do at the Anti-Defamation League?
Mel Mermelstein: They're involved in a lot of other things over there as well. Like keeping track of groups like this.
[briefly showing the letter from the Holocaust denier group he received]
Bernie Mermelstein: Don't you think you're kind of over reacting about a dumb letter? There's a lot of nut cases running around shootin' their mouths off.
Mel Mermelstein: Yes. And sometimes people listen to them.
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Terrifying, depressing view of one man's war for truth
1 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this drama on television and was numb afterwards. You hear of flat-Earthers and 'lunar landings were fake' conspiracy theorists and just say to yourself "well - they pays their money... that's their beliefs and they're entitled to them..." Then 'Never Forget' shows you, through drama, the lengths the stuck minds and morally blind will go to to deafen themselves and others to the truth. We have our own paranoid denialists in Northern Ireland, who only see the wrong done them never the wrong they've done. They spout the kindred of the poison Mel Mermelstein had to put up with. A good portrait of a man driven by his convictions: Leonard Nimoy certainly deserves praise for telling Mel Mermelstein's story, let alone turning in a fine performance in the lead. Despite any dramatic licence taken I'd set this TV movie as course text for history at Ordinary Level: it is quite clearly still needed.


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