Historical Film Suppressed in The United States Still Relevant Today

Carey Center for Global Good’s discussion panel on government censorship and today’s world

Rensselaerville, NY – The Nuremberg Trials was a direct result of the war crimes against humanity, genocide and crimes against the peace. The lessons of the Nuremberg Trials still resonate today as you find government censorship on human rights around the world, from the imprisonment of the Pussy Riot in Russia to the recent attacks on young teenage Pakistani girls who are fighting for their rights to education.

TheCarey Center for Global Good is hosting a screening and panel discussion of the historical film “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today [The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration],” Friday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Guggenheim Auditorium, 63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville. The panel discussion will touch on the government censorship during the Nuremberg Trials, the Cold War era and the role government has in today’s world. The award-winning panel includes, Sandra Schulberg, restoration producer and filmmaker’s daughter, Lance Morrow, an award-winning journalist and essayist for Time Magazine and Josh Friedman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.Lance Morrow, is available for a preview interview next week, leading up to the film screening on Friday, November 2. All the other panelists will be available at the film-screening event.

The screening is the first in a film forum series titled Censorship: Why You Should Care. The film gives insight to the Nuremberg Trials held by the International Military Tribunal between 1945 and 1946. Made for the U.S. Department of War to document the prosecution of top Nazi officials for crimes against humanity, the film was widely shown in Germany but was suppressed in the United States. Much of the original footage, evidence of the historic legal precedent, was either lost or destroyed.

“Nuremberg, a film about the first Nuremberg trial, was commissioned by the federal government, shown in Germany and then banned from being shown here at home.  Why? And is it happening today?” questions Carol Ash, President of the Carey Center for Global Good. “After the screening, panelists will lead a discussion about the significance of the film and its restoration, Government censorship of the screen and what kind of censoring happens today.”

The film also features Albany resident Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, who served as Chief U.S. Prosecutor alongside allied prosecution teams from Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. Jackson wanted the original film to serve as evidence of Nazi crimes against peace and pressed the US Government to release the film for American audiences.

Originally directed by Stuart Schulberg and commissioned by Pare Lorentz, the negative was struck from the best quality extant print, borrowed from the German National Film Archive, and restored under Sandra Schulberg’s direction. The restoration team reconstructed the film, making no changes to any picture frame. Its musical score was restored by Josh Waletzky and Liev Schreiber re-recorded its narration.