Holocaust Memorial Council Documentary is Nominated for an Academy Award

A U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council documentary, “The Courage to Care,” has been nominated for an Academy Award in the best documentary short subject category. Elie Wiesel, chairman of the Council, narrates the film, for which Sister Carol Rittner of Detroit and Sondra Myers of Scranton, Pa., were the executive producers. Robert Gardner was the producer/director of the documentary which was made possible by a grant from Mutual of America in New York City.

“The Courage to Care” is about those people who, at great risk to themselves and their families, helped save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. Specifically, it focuses on the experiences of four rescuers and two survivors.

The rescuers, all of whom have been honored by Yad Vashem, are Marion Pritchard (The Netherlands) of Vershire, Vermont; Irene Opdyke (Poland) of Orba Linda, Calif.; Magda Trocme (Le Chambon, France) of Paris; and Nelly Trocme-Hewitt (Le Chambon, France) of St. Paul, Minn. The survivors who recount how they were rescued are Odette Meyers (France) of Berkeley, Calif., and Dr. Emanuel Tanay (Poland) of Grosse Point, Mich.

“The Courage to Care” will be shown nationally by the PBS Network. The showing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 7. Free copies of a viewer’s guide to the film are available from the International Center for Holocaust Studies of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith at 823 United Nations Plaza; New York, New York 10017, (212) 490-2525.

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