It is the sacred duty of the generation of – Auschwitz and Belsen and of
those born in the wake of the dread cataclysm, to bring all to mind, to it
fullest depth, and to pass it on to~ future generations. New words, new ideas a
new vision of the world we live in, a different attitude towards our fellow men,
a different nostalgia of God and Man, will take root form the prodigious
mutation of the human species which we have witnessed.
This hope and this
aim is embodied in the~ ‘ Remembrance Award” for excellence and distinction in
Awarded to Professor Jacob Presser Distinguished Scholar and Historian
In recognition of his major
work on the History of the Holocaust “ The
Destruction of the Dutch Jews.”
The film “The Past that Lives” was given the award for the most important film of the 19th International Filmweek Mannheim. The Jury considered it especially important in respect of the new wave of worldwide racism.
The Jury of Roman Catholic films in Germany has awarded a honourable mention to the film “The Past that Lives” by Philo Bregstein.
Mannheim Filmweek 1970,
In the film the Amsterdam historian, Professor Jaques Presser, describes his life from 1900 to the present. By means of documentary material this subjective account illustrates very vividly the history of the Dutch Jews. The film is actually a lesson for present and future.