A pair of veteran filmmakers
finds a new niche in preserving voices and
traditions as an intergenerational gift.
Assistant Managing Editor
When Howard Fishman wanted to preserve the struggles and triumphs of his father, Jack, a scientist whose wartime travels took him from Krakow to Siberia to Shanghai to, eventually, the U.S., he turned to his friend and Upper West Side neighbor, Andrew Suhl, who had a long history of working in film and television.
The result was several hours worth of video, shot three years ago, that Suhl and his partner, Walter Schlomann, intended to present more like a documentary than a monologue or storytelling session at a family gathering.
Thanks to Steven Spielberg and others, visual testimony of the Shoah has been recorded for posterity, with footage of more than 50,000 survivor interviews housed under the auspices of the famed director’s Shoah Foundation.
But what about firsthand accounts of the other major event in contemporary Jewish history, the creation of the State of Israel?