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No Time Like the Present

As the Jewish New Year, 5769, is celebrated, I learn “The Nuremberg Interviews” film is coming to the U.S. Sometimes it takes a long time. The “interviews” were largely unexamined for more than 50 years. Dr. Leon Goldensohn’s book (Random House) was first released in hardcover in 2004, and in trade paperback in 2005. The author was a psychiatrist for the U.S. Army who recorded conversations in jails with dozens of the fiends who were responsible for the Holocaust. Goldensohn died in 1961. Robert Gellately made the recordings available to the public. He is a professor at Florida State U. and is also the author of “The Gestapo and German Society.” The names of those interviewed are all too familiar — Hans Frank, Hermann Goering, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Joachim von Ribbentrop, etc. The reviews for the book praised its powerful contribution to history. 

Hollywood producer Eddie Kritzer, realizing the importance of the material in the book to be seen as well as read by generations to come, bought the film rights to “The Nuremberg Interviews” and Roche Productions of Paris bought the foreign rights and has made a film. Kritzer is now seeking a U.S. distribution.deal — maybe in time for Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement, starting the evening of Oct. 8.