Who will tell the story when the last survivor is gone? As we approach the end of the generation of Holocaust survivors, the world is confronted by this haunting question.
Who will tell the story when the last survivor is gone? As we approach the end of the generation of Holocaust survivors, the world is confronted by this haunting question. My Survivor takes a unique look at this by exploring the life-changing experiences of some of the five hundred University of Miami students who learned about the Holocaust through the intimate relationships they forged with members of this remarkable, but rapidly disappearing population.
The film takes the viewer on a journey, revealing the powerful bonds that developed between this diverse group of students and the survivors they came to love and respect. Woven together with in-depth interviews, dramatic news footage and unforgettable location filming, My Survivor reveals how college students came to be a strong voice against Holocaust denial and hate, embracing the survivors’ pleas that the memory and the lessons of the Holocaust live on – when the last survivor is gone.
About the Director
An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, investigative reporter and anchorman, Jerry has been the recipient of more than sixty national film and television awards since 1982, including the coveted Columbia University duPont Award.
Jerry’s signature storytelling style is known for its emotional sensitivity and cinematic technique. Beyond producing, directing, and shooting, he’s an expert editor who worked with Avid’s engineers as they began developing digital, non-linear technologies in the 1980s.
Jerry began honing his long-form filmmaking instincts as a correspondent for Post-Newsweek’s national documentaries unit. He anchored WPLG’s weekend 6 & 11pm newscasts, morning cut-ins, Daybreak, and Eyewitness News Magazine. His integrity is also well known in Miami where he was a popular investigative journalist – The 10 Troubleshooter.
In 1992, Jerry began producing humanitarian advocacy films, broadcast documentaries and private family projects for accomplished leaders, philanthropists and entertainers, including: Martin Sheen, Miriam & Sheldon Adelson, Michael Douglas, Larry King, Norman Braman, Brett Ratner and Romero Britto.
Jerry’s Jewish fund raising films have helped raise hundreds of millions for humanitarian organizations worldwide. His Chanukah Live telecasts in the 1990s were broadcast live on more than 200 PBS stations,
His award-winning documentaries include To Never Know Twenty, The Smell of Money, Israel’s Forgotten Heroes, Still Waters Run Deep, Windows To The Soul, Generations In The Sun, Inspired, Inspired Too, Addicted Nation, and Echoes of the Holocaust.
Senior Executive Producer
Dr. Mindy S. Hersh
Dr. Helen Sachs Chaset
Maxine E. Schwartz
Consulting Creative Producer