One Survivor Remembers

February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment


Year: 1995 (68th) Academy Awards
Category
: Documentary (Short Subject)
Film Title
: One Survivor Remembers (It’s a 1995 documentary short film by Kary Antholis in which Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein recounts her six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty, including the loss of her parents, brother, friends, home, possessions, and community) 
Winner
: Kary Antholis (accompanied on stage by film subject Gerda Weissmann Klein)

Oscar Acceptance Speech
GERDA WEISSMANN KLEIN:
Kary, Sheila, Sandy, Michael, my beloved husband and my family. I have been in a place for six incredible years where winning meant a crust of bread and to live another day. Since the blessed day of my liberation I have asked the question, why am I here? I am no better. In my mind’s eye I see those years and days and those who never lived to see the magic of a boring evening at home. On their behalf I wish to thank you for honoring their memory, and you cannot do it in any better way than when you return to your homes tonight to realize that each of you who know the joy of freedom are winners. Thank you on their behalf with all my heart.

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