Saul Friedläder

When memory comes

a documentary by Frank Diamand

About this website

Does one have to justify why one makes a website. In general the answer is No. But sometimes there is a reason to say something about it. When we - we the producer and the director - set out to make this film we decided that all of the material of the interviews with Friedländer and the lecture that he would give for the film about the historiography of his book Nazi Germany and the Jews and about what had incited him to try the almost impossible to write an integrated history of the extermination of the Jews of Europe from A to Z, would be made available in a website. It fortunately does not have the limitation time wise that a film has, for who would broadcast or show a documentary of some hours these days? 

Now some five years later – that was the time it took from idea to finished film – this website goes on air which will contain the many hours of material from which the film was created. It is made available to historians, students of history or other people really interested in the subject as it by far too rich to throw it away. The American filmmaker Saul Landau, in a time that film was real film material 16mm or 35mm, wrote a book that was never published. Its title The truth lies on the cutting room floor. This site offers the rare possibility to check whether this is the case with our film ‘When memory comes’.


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October 25th

Different Screenings


May 18 Saul Friedländer will receive the DAN DAVID AWARD, something comparable to a Nobel Prize for History, with a one million dollar cheque attached. He shares the award with the French historian Pierre Nora and the Polish social activist and theater producer Kryztof Czyzewski. In the framework of Friedländer being one of the laureates 'When memory comes' will be screened at Yad Vashem ( the ‘World center for Documentation, Research, Education and Commemoration of the Holocaust’) in Jerusalem and the University of Tel Aviv. A Hebrew version of the film is in the offing.

In the Netherlands the film was shown at several  Universities and in January 2013 it had a screening at the University of Wolverhampton where the director Frank Diamand had been invited to give the Holocaust Memorial Lecture. It was selected for the Jewish Film Festival Jerusalem 2013 had a screening February 13, 2014 in London at the Wiener Library, the world's oldest institution devoted to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies.

Next summer the film will be part of a nine-day residential workshop for PhD students the Holocaust Research Centre at  the Royal Holloway, University of London will be running.