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Narrated by Nicole Kidman
Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Nicole Kidman, the feature length documentary examines the life of Simon Wiesenthal. It features interviews with longtime associates, government leaders, friends and family members, many of whom have never discussed the legendary Nazi hunter on camera. What drove him to pursue this dangerous and thankless task? What kept him going when for years the odds were against his efforts? What is his legacy today?
In May 1945, when Simon Wiesenthal was liberated from Mauthausen Concentration Camp he weighed less than 100 pounds but he was determined to live. Before the war, he had planned his future as an architect but as he stumbled out of the death camp he said, "Who is there left to build homes for?"
In the days after liberation he decided that he must bring those who committed such unspeakable crimes to justice. Throughout his own journey through the ‘kingdom of death’, he had compiled a list of the murderers he and his fellow inmates had encountered. Simon volunteered to help the American War Crimes Unit and submitted that list to the U.S. Army War Crimes Committee on May 25, 1945, less than 3 weeks after being liberated. At the time he assumed that his wife, Cyla had been amongst those who perished. It would be months before they discovered they had each survived.
Simon Wiesenthal never trained as an investigator but he made up for it through his sheer determination to bring Nazi murderers to justice, not for vengeance, but as an insurance policy to protect future generations from such crimes. In the early years, few supported him and he was virtually a one-man office. Before books and films began to appear on the Shoah, he was the keeper of the Flame of Remembrance. He helped bring to justice more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals including the commandants of the Treblinka and Sobibor, and the Gestapo official who arrested Anne Frank. "He would often tell me," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, "All the Nazis, even those who were never caught, slept less because they knew I was out there and that maybe one day the knock would come on their door."
Simon Wiesenthal was not a religious man but he strongly believed in G-d. He would always say, "When my life is over and I meet up with the 6 million, I will be proud to say to them, I have never forgotten you."
Director Richard Trank, Moriah Films Executive Producer, and his crew traveled throughout Europe, Israel, North and South America, to film new interviews and obtain new and previously unseen archival materials to tell the complete Wiesenthal story.