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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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Mel Mermelstein: [looking at IHR literature] What the hell is this?
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Terrifying, depressing view of one man's war for truth
1 September 2005 | by NumptyBSee all my reviews

I watched this drama on television and was numb afterwards. You hear of flat-Earthers and 'lunar landings were fake' conspiracy theorists and just say to yourself "well - they pays their money... that's their beliefs and they're entitled to them..." Then 'Never Forget' shows you, through drama, the lengths the stuck minds and morally blind will go to to deafen themselves and others to the truth. We have our own paranoid denialists in Northern Ireland, who only see the wrong done them never the wrong they've done. They spout the kindred of the poison Mel Mermelstein had to put up with. A good portrait of a man driven by his convictions: Leonard Nimoy certainly deserves praise for telling Mel Mermelstein's story, let alone turning in a fine performance in the lead. Despite any dramatic licence taken I'd set this TV movie as course text for history at Ordinary Level: it is quite clearly still needed.


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