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Story of the Holocaust to Be Presented by Wiesenthal Center

July 9, 1980
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies of Yeshiva University in Los Angeles will present a multi-media production titled “Genocide,” making use of slides, film clips and sound to tell the story of the Holocaust in terms of those who perished and those who survived, it was announced today by Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean of the Center and Yeshiva University here.

Budgeted at $3 million and employing the most advanced audio-visual equipment and a 40 by 23 foot screen, the production is designed for presentation in theaters and other facilities throughout the country. It is scheduled to Premier on the East and West coasts in the late fail of this year, Hier said. Arnold Schwartzman, one of Britain’s leading graphics designers, will produce and direct the 90-minute presentation, based on a script by Martin Gilbert, biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles have donated their time to serve as narrators.

Taylor will narrate 13 personal stories of heroism and suffering. Welles will present the historical background of the Holocaust which took the lives of six million Jews and five million non-Jews. Wiesenthal, who heads the Nazi war primes documentation center in Vienna, will introduce the production. Original music will be scored by Elmer Bernstein.

Hier said the material for the production was gathered by Schwartzman and his associates during 15 months of research in Eastern and Western Europe and Israel. Much of the film footage and stills have never been seen, Hier said.

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