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Never Forget (1991)

Unrated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 8 April 1991
The story of Mel Mermelstein, an American holocaust survivor who confronted a Holocaust denial organization's lies in court.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

Ronald Rubin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Nimoy ... Mel Mermelstein
Dabney Coleman ... William Cox
Blythe Danner ... Jane Mermelstein
Paul Hampton ... Richard Fusilier
Jason Presson ... Bernie Mermelstein
Juliet Sorci Juliet Sorci ... Edie Mermelstein (as Juliet Sorcey)
Nicholas Fee Nicholas Fee ... David Mermelstein
Benji Gregory ... Kenny Mermelstein (as Ben Gregory)
Hanna Landy ... Elsie Smolena (as Hanna Hertelendy)
David Margulies ... Rabbi Hier
Thomas Bellin Thomas Bellin ... Rabbi Cooper
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Ms. Teitler
Leslie Morris Leslie Morris ... Schorr
Beverly Hope Atkinson Beverly Hope Atkinson ... Lorraine
Thomas Keena Thomas Keena ... Judge Johnson
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Storyline

Mel Mermelstein is a Jewish survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who is angered and horrified at the gall of the Institute for Historical Review, an organization claiming the Holocaust never happened. Although itching to challenge them, he is initially dissuaded by the fact that the organization's standard tactic is to post a reward to anyone who can prove the Holocaust's occurrence, then ignore all petitioners and claim that no one has presented any proof, thus ensuring themselves publicity and credibility. However, a lawyer 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 to the Holocaust's occurrence being declared a legally incontestable fact. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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His memory is the last link between murder and justice.

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Drama | History

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Condanna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Little boy in the group of children visiting Mel's Holocaust survivor art display: Why did the Nazi's do all of this, Mr. Mermelstein?
Mel Mermelstein: Ah, that's a good question. You see, this is an old political trick. If you can find a scapegoat, somebody you can blame for all of the problems, and if you can get people to believe that their lives would be better if those people were gone, then that's a way of getting power.
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8 December 2005 | by net3431See all my reviews

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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