PORTLAND – “I Have Never Forgotten You – The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)” is the featured film in the sixth annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Day) Film Project put on by the Maine Jewish Film Festival to remember the Holocaust, to honor survivors and to remember the millions lost.

Director Richard Trank’s powerful documentary looks at the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Nazi hunter and humanitarian who spent over half a century tracking down Nazi war criminals in a quest to deliver justice for the victims of Hitler’s terror. Now, a little more than a year after his death, a new film looks back on his amazing journey from concentration camp survivor to world-renowned super-sleuth, examining the charismatic and controversial man behind the headlines.

The screening will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Hannaford Lecture Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St. Free bagels and coffee will be offered at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 831-7495 or visit www.mjff.org.

Trank uses interviews with longtime Wiesenthal associates, government leaders from around the world, and friends and family members – many of whom have never talked on camera before about Wiesenthal – to help illuminate the man and his mission. Previously unseen archival film and photos also highlight the film.

New to The Yom Hashoah Film Project this year is a community showcase titled “Beyond Anne Frank,” presented by seventh-graders at Lyman Moore Middle School. The heartfelt art installation is the culmination of a 10-week study unit that introduced students to the difficult subject of the Holocaust and genocide. Lyman Moore teachers David Hilton, founder of MJFF’s Yom Hashoah Film Project, and Fiona Hopper worked with the Holocaust Human Rights Center on the project. Students and faculty will be present.


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