The Bush Library played host to the premiere of an award-winning documentary just a couple years after its subject was on display there as well.
"My Opposition: The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner" is the story of a German justice inspector during the Hitler era, and how he campaigned against the Nazis despite threats to his life. Kellner was brought before a tribunal and was told he would be sent to a concentration camp for his actions.
However, Kellner continued to resist, passing out Allied information. His secret diary talked of totalitarianism and its dangers.
Kellner's grandson, Scott, discovered the diaries while travelling through Germany. He grew up in an American orphanage and joined the Navy, but went AWOL to try and find his grandparents. Instead, he found the diaries, this after he at first believed Friedrich had been a Nazi as well.
"My grandfather took a stand -- a physical stand as well as an intellectual stand -- against the Nazis," Scott said at the premiere. "People need to realize that we all must unite against any terrorists of our own time.">
The diaries themselves were part of a World War II exhibit at the library in 2005.
"My Opposition" won the Creative Excellence Award at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles this year. The 65-minute documentary was filmed in the U.S. and Germany and distributed by CCI Entertainment Ltd. out of Toronto. The producer and director are Arnie Zipursky and Fern Levitt.
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