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IndieCollect’s Sandra Schulberg featured in new documentary
at Queens World Film Festival

Written & directed by Jean-Christophe Klotz

Special Guest Eli Rosenbaum
U.S. Counselor for War Crimes Accountability in Ukraine
U.S. Department of Justice

Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7pm

Queens World Film Festival
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 

Seating Limited / Please Purchase Tickets Now

Read more at the new website launched today!

Filmmakers for the Prosecution (60+ minutes) is the thrilling story of how brothers Budd & Stuart Schulberg — serving under movie director John Ford in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) — tracked down the films used to convict the top Nazis after WWII, a startling example of the power of the moving image to change hearts and minds and to indelibly shape our collective memory of the Holocaust. Newly-discovered footage depicts where they found secret caches, including in salt mines and haystacks. The films they compiled were presented at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, the first time in history that motion pictures were introduced as legal evidence in a court of law.

Filmmakers for the Prosecution features jaw-dropping first-hand accounts by Budd Schulberg, head of the OSS search team; Niklas Frank, son of Nuremberg defendant Hans Frank; and French jurist Yves Beigbeder, assistant to French judge Henri Donnedieu de Vabres. It includes fascinating reveals by scholars Sylvie Lindeperg, Axel Fischer, Alexander Zöller, Victor Barbat and Stuart Liebman.

Stuart Schulberg (right) & Hitler's photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann (center), 1945

Join Special Guest Eli Rosenbaum, Lead Investigator into War Crimes in Ukraine
The story is carried by Eli Rosenbaum, former chief of the U.S. Office of Special Investigations, the Justice Department bureau created in 1979 to find former Nazis and extradite them to stand trial. He explains in the film how the Nuremberg principles still underlie all attempts to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity..

Eli Rosenbaum is now U.S. Counselor for War Crimes Accountability with the mandate to investigate "grave crimes committed in the wake of Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.” Join us for a fascinating on-stage dialogue with Mr. Rosenbaum after the film.

Director Jean-Christophe Klotz and Eli Rosenbaum at US Department of Justice, December 2019

Nuremberg and the Cold War
After the trial, the War Department commissioned Stuart Schulberg to make the official U.S. documentary, Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today. It includes a lot of the damning evidence the OSS team assembled for the courtroom. In the new documentary, Sandra Schulberg illuminates why the U.S. government suppressed its own film about the trial soon after its completion in 1948. As reported at the time in The Washington Post, with the Cold War underway it was time to “forget the Nazis and concentrate on the Reds.” 

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today was shown in American theaters for the first time in 2010 after she and Josh Waletzky restored it, premiering at the New York Film Festival and then opening at the Film Forum. 

Marine Corps Sergeant Stuart Schulberg (Schulberg Family Archive)

Stay Tuned for Kino Lorber’s Release
Distributor Kino Lorber plans to release a double bill of Filmmakers for the Prosecution and Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today in U.S. theaters in early 2023.

Production Credits
Filmmakers for the Prosecution was adapted by Jean-Christophe Klotz from Sandra Schulberg’s eponymous monograph published in 2014. Schulberg co-produced the new film with French partners Céline Nusse and Paul Rozenberg and the support of ARTE and the Mémorial de la Shoah. The French & German versions were broadcast by ARTE in January 2021 to great acclaim and it has won numerous awards in France during the past year.

The American version features English narration by Jessica DiSalvo. KC Schulberg reads the letters of his father, Stuart Schulberg. Benn Schulberg reads the letters of his father, Budd Schulberg. The American soundtrack was created by Sandra Schulberg & Josh Waletzky with sound recording & editing by John Bowen.

Navy Lieutenant Budd Schulberg at OSS headquarters in Washington DC, 1945 (Schulberg Family Archive)

Special Thanks
Jean-Christophe Klotz and I are extremely grateful to Michael Berenbaum, Raye Farr, Annette Insdorf, Nancy Schreiber, and Jon Schulberg for their help in the production of Filmmakers for the Prosecution

I also wish to acknowledge and thank John Barrett, Karen Cooper, Leon Constantiner, Ben Ferencz, Don Ferencz, Whitney Green, the late Whitney Harris and his widow Anna Harris, the late Maurice Kanbar, Dieter Kosslick, Rachel Levin, the late Ronny Loewy, Greg Peterson at the Jackson Center, Sybil Robson, Steven Spielberg, Heikelina Verrijn-Stuart, Helen Zukerman, and the Claims Conference. All of you were there from the beginning.

I look forward to seeing you at the Museum of the Moving Image on November 3 or at a future screening. 

Thank you so much for spreading the word!
Sandra Schulberg

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