Although Kleinman's film records his particular legacy trip -- a return to his roots with his father, mother and younger sister -- it's a universal home movie. The message of the film is that every Jew survived the Holocaust.
I sat on a pillowed bench in the Catskills. It was mid-July in the mountains: the trees were ridiculously green; the hummingbirds sipped sugar water. The prospect before me -- attempting Millie's experience at Auschwitz -- it seemed simply absurd.
A sad story approached a sad conclusion last week when a rabbi pleaded guilty to fraud for falsely selling what he claimed were Torah scrolls rescued from the Holocaust to synagogues and Jewish communities.
For survivors, of course, the memories and scars never fade. But there's another side of the story: In the aftermath of the Holocaust, an extraordinary drama of resiliency, rebirth and renewal took place in Austria and Germany: the creation of the Displaced Persons camps.
The memorial is about remembering the Holocaust and the evils perpetrated against the Jewish people and others. It is also about remembering the events and circumstances that led to that horrific event.
Louis de Wind, a Dutch Jew, then quickly puts the two-page letter into an envelope, addresses it to his wife and, through a slit in the door of the train, pushes the letter out of the wagon, hoping that someone will find it.