Why did The New York Times--a Jewish-owned newspaper--bury reports of The Holocaust during World War Two?
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"All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
We all know about The Holocaust. We all know of the more than six million lives that ended as a result of the Nazi’s campaign against Jewish Europeans. But what many of us don’t know is that countless American businesses and leaders looked the other way as The Holocaust took place. The New York Times was one such bystander.
Inspired by Laurel Leff’s award-winning book, Buried By The Times, this film explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust during World War II. It also explores why The Times—a Jewish-owned newspaper—buried more than one-thousand articles in its back pages. Was it simply an oversight? Or did the publishers and editors fear an American Anti-Semitic backlash?
Through interviews and testimony of Holocaust survivors, historians, journalists, and American citizens who lived through World War II, Reporting on The Times encourages audiences to re-evaluate America’s place as “The Great Liberator.” The film also asks viewers to consider the power of the press in creating change.
WHO’S IN THE FILM
Laurel Leff, Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University. She is the author of Buried By The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper.
Alex Jones, Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer on the Press and Public Policy and Director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. He is the author of The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times.
Henry Feingold, Historian of American Jewish History. He is the author of The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust and Bearing Witness: How America and it’s Jews responded to The Holocaust
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun of New York City. He is the author of Were We Our Brother’s Keepers?
Rabbi David Posner, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of New York City.
Natalia Aleksiun, Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Hacia Diner, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. She is the author of We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and The Myth of Silence after the Holocaust.
Marion Kaplan, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. She is the author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany.
Esther Peterseil, Holocaust Survivor. She is a resident of New York, NY.
Estelle Laughlin, Holocaust Survivor. She is a resident of Lincolnshire, IL.
Max Glauben, Holocaust Survivor. He is a resident of Dallas, TX.
Jean Benson, American living during WWII, She is a resident of Chesterland, OH.
Gladys Debuccio, American living during WWII, She is a resident of Queens, NY.
Jay Moss, Jewish American Soldier in WWII, He is a resident of The Bronx, NY.
WHO’S MAKING THE FILM
Emily Harrold, Director/Producer
Emily is a senior at New York University majoring in Film Production and History. She is a member of the history honors fraternity Phi Alpha Theta and was recently selected to take part in the Emerging Jewish Artists Fellowship at NYU’s Bronfman Center. To see samples of past work visit www.emilyharrold.com.
Jake Holm, Co-Producer
Jake is a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has produced everything from animated sniper dramas to raunchy comedic web series. He is currently the festival director for NYU’s First Annual Jewish Student Film Festival and is interning at Cinetic Media.
Megan Abell, Co-Producer
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and TV Production from New York University. She is also an actress and esthetician. She works at Ark Media in Brooklyn, NY and Dermatology and Cosmetic Skin Care in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lloyd Moss, Composer
Lloyd Joseph Moss is a film composer with a degree in film scoring from UCLA. He plays guitar, piano, bass, and ukelele, among other instruments. Indie Slate Magazine featured Lloyd in their Fall 2011 issue. Lloyd is currently scoring a romantic comedy feature entitled Last Man on Earth. To see samples of past work visit: http://gallery.me.com/rockpiano
Parrish Tigh, Editor
Parrish is an NYU alumna with a specialization in documentary editing. She has worked for such companies as Colbert Report and BBC America and many independent film projects. If she is not editing in a small, dark room, she is baking for the masses!
Nicki Doyamis, Cinematographer
Nicki graduated from The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in May 2011. An aspiring cinematographer, Nicki shoots both narrative and documentary. Her work as played at such festivals as The Boston International Film Festival.
Nayantara Parikh, Cinematographer
Nayantara is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently works as a freelance cinematographer and camera assistant, living between New York City and New Delhi, India.
Evan Johnson, Assistant Editor
Avital Siegel, Assistant Editor
Rupeshi Shaw, Assistant Producer
Lucy Ross, Assistant Producer
Madeline Wall, Art
OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM
We want as many people as possible to see the film. Although the film focuses on how The New York Times under-reported the events of the Holocaust, we believe the film has a far-reaching message. Starting with film festival screenings across the country, we hope to connect with audiences and begin conversations about the role of the press—whether it be in print or online—in creating change. This film also aims to create discussions on how America can take an active role in preventing genocide. One of the things about history is that we can learn from our mistakes to shape a better future. Americans may have been bystanders to the Holocaust, but that doesn’t mean we have to by bystanders to today’s injustices.
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Reporting on The Times is simultaneously in production and post-production. More than 90% of the film has been shot, but we are still completing interviews. Currently, we are in search of Jewish Americans who may have read The New York Times in the 1930s or 1940s or who remember hearing of Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II. We are also in the beginning stages of editing the feature film. Our goal is to have the film finished is Summer 2012.
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