I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)

“A Jew must believe in miracles. If a Jew doesn’t believe in miracles, he’s not a realist.” – Simon Wiesenthal

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life work of Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I came across by accident and knowing some of the story of Simon Wiesenthal’s life, I was intrigued to see what it was all about.

The film is able to give the viewer such a comprehensive look at how he came to become the world’s most renowned (and feared by enemies) Nazi Hunter.

The film has lots of archival interviews with various colleagues, family and friends of Wiesenthal, but the most riveting interviews are the ones with Wiesenthal himself which are quite powerful and poignant to watch.

His life story is so fascinating to take in and it is such an inspiration for everyone in finding ways to take tragedies in life and find ways to turn them into something that can become so much more empowering.

The film discusses his role in the numerous tracking missions of former Nazis and how he brought them to justice through the media and ultimately in court.

His humble tone and outlook on his life’s work helps make his so unique because his goal was never to do anything for himself, yet rather help speak for the millions who couldn’t speak for themselves.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Wiesenthal became an avid stamp collector after the war, following advice from his doctors to take up a hobby to help him relax. In 2006 his collection of Zemstvo stamps sold at auction for EUR90,000 after his death. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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