Film team

The Film Team

An Extraordinary, Award-winning Team

Charlene Y. Stern, Producer & Director


Charlene is an accomplished businesswoman. After successful careers at Levi Strauss & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank, she founded her own company. For over 15 years, she led multiple strategy and creative teams for hundreds of business clients worldwide, to achieve extraordinary business results. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Charlene is deeply committed to individuals and organizations preparing the next generation everywhere for a life of personal commitment and responsibility.

Charlene committed herself long ago to being a lifelong student. Making this film with the help of award-winning experts, she has earned her a second advanced degree, now in filmmaking, through this humbling and powerful experience.

Vivian Kleiman, Creative Producer

Vivian Kleiman

Vivian is a veteran documentary filmmaker known for tackling challenging subjects and filmic approaches. Her work received the George Foster Peabody Award, Organization of American Historians’ Erik Barnouw Award, International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and National Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Research. She holds the distinctive record as producer or executive producer of eight co-productions with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), created by the U.S. Congress to produce programs by independent filmmakers for national public television. For nine years,Vivian taught at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film Production.  Vivian was Executive Producer of the 2016 Oscar nominated Last Day of Freedom.

Wendy Slick, Editor

Wendy Slick

Wendy is an experienced film director, producer and editor. Wendy’s creative visual style and comfort with “riding the edge” was featured in Ripe for Change, a PBS program in the California Dreaming series. As a documentary filmmaker, Wendy’s keen eye and insatiable curiosity are the driving force in all her filmmaking work. Her commitment to finding the truth that lurks beneath the surface — to help real people tell their true stories — has inspired exceptionally crafted work. She brings enormous creativity; an edgier approach and a fresh new look into the editing room.

Drew Eckmann, Director of Photography

Drew Eckmann

Drew brings more than 15 years of experience in film production, including work with camera, sound and as crew in commercials, short subjects TV and film. His credits include Nova PBS, National Geographic and Discovery Channel, Frontline, Fox sports documentary division, HBO Real Sports and HBO documentary, The Big Picture.





Archival Research
Blanche Chase

Motion Graphics Design & Photo Animation
Sylvia Roberts

We Remember Holocaust Memorial Project, Original Art
Robert Sutz

Original Music Composer
Evan Schiller

    “Bullets to Nazis”
    “Hitler Invades Poland”
    “Warsaw Ghetto”
    “Burying Father”
    “Majdanek Death Camp”
    “Auschwitz/Dr. Mengele”
    “Living and Dying/boys on Wire”
    “Death March”
    “DP Camp”
    “Marriage/Going to America”
    “Birth of First Child”
    “End of Skokie”

Additional Music
Jami Sieber

    Composed and performed by Jami Sieber
    Lush Méchanique Music (BMI)
    Courtesy of Out Front Music

    “The Burning Dawn”
    Composed and performed by Jami Sieber
    Lush Méchanique Music (BMI)
    Courtesy of Out Front Music

    Composed and performed by Jami Sieber
    Lush Méchanique Music (BMI)
    Courtesy of Out Front Music

Assistant Editors
Kwame Wade
Tory Jeffay

Color Grading
Gary Coates

Additional Writing
Helaine Lasky Schweitzer
Mark Page

Website, DVD Design
Barbara Oplinger

Legal Advisor
Ed Ruttenberg

Sound Consultant
Daniel S. Irwin

Sound Design
James LeBrecht

Audio Postproduction Facility
Berkeley Sound Artists

Rerecording Mixers
James LeBrecht
Dan Olmsted

Dialogue Editor
Erik Remiers

SFX Editor
Bijan Sharifi

Development Co-Directors
Helaine Lasky Schweitzer
Joanne Backman

Location Audio
John Behrens

Assistant Director of Photography
Marshall Potter

Film Production Support
Rom Rosenblum

Location Shoot
Point Beach Productions

Production Assistant
Adi Kauf-Stern

Post-production Technical
Mario San Miquel
Evan Andrews

Music Research
Moira Peckham

Film Interns
Danielle Rinat
Jake Stern
Nalani Gensler


Archival Photographs Courtesy of

    A&E Television Networks
    War Archive/Alamy
    © Bettmann/Corbis
    © dpa/Corbis
    The New York Public Library
    Stern Family
    Raz Steinhart
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bildarchiv Preussischer
    Instytut Pamieci Narodowej
    Panstwowe Muzeum na Majdanku
    Richard A. Ruppert
    Yad Vashem (Public Domain)
    Zydowski Instytut Historyczny imiena Emanuela Ringelbluma
    Yad Vashem

Archival Footage Courtesy of

    Archive Films/Getty Images
    John Boguta

Budget Films Stock Footage

    Classic Images Stock Footage LLC
    eFootage, LLC, Used By Permission
    Pavel L Photo and Video/
    Rick Ray/
    Thomas Palazzolo
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of the Gasul Family

Special Thanks To Fiscal Sponsor: Catticus Corporation
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Michael Berenbaum

Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer and teacher consultant in the conceptual development of museums and historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University. He is former President and Chief Executive Officer of Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, and Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and oversaw its creation.  He is the author and editor of 20 books, scores of scholarly articles and hundreds of journalistic pieces.

Menachem Creditor

Founder and Co-Chair of Rabbis Against Gun Violence, Menachem is a published author, musician, teacher and activist who has spent time working locally and in Ghana, and as a Trustee of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), and in the White House to amplify the prophetic Jewish voice in the world.  Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel.  Among his many books, Creditor edited and published a collection of rabbinic voices as “Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence,” which has been distributed by interfaith organizations around the United States.He serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA.

Michael McBride

Michael is a national leader working to restore calm while achieving justice, through his work with the police and the community in Ferguson, Missouri and in other cities across the country. Pastor Michael is currently the Director for the national Lifelines to Healing Campaign with the PICO National Network, a campaign that is committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color. He is deeply committed to empowering urban communities, families and youth, Michael is a graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, and holds a Master of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy.

Peter Dale Scott

Peter is the co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former Canadian diplomat and English professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a writer, poet and history researcher. His life focus is on the idea that “building international public opinion, when it becomes powerful enough, will become the most effective restraint to the excesses and follies of particular governments.”

Arthur Shostak Ph.D.

American sociologist and futurist; Arthur is a former professor of sociology at Drexel University, where he taught the effects of technology, industrial and urban sociology, and race and ethnic relations. A prolific author of numerous books and articles, he writes on a wide range of topics, including childhood and adolescent education, war and peace. His latest book, which will be published in early 2017, focuses on stealth altruism, or the courageous acts of kindness shown to others and received by Jewish prisoners in the concentration camps of the Holocaust in an effort to resist the Nazis and preserve human life.

Susan Wengraf

Susan is an experienced, award-winning documentary filmmaker, best known for her film Love It Like A Fool, about the late Berkeley songwriter and singer Malvina Reynolds. Susan acted as visuals editor for the Emma Goldman Papers at the University of California, Berkeley, which recently published the first two volumes of Emma Goldman, a Documentary History of the American Years.  Currently, Susan is a Berkeley City Council member and founding Co-Chair of the Berkeley Annual Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration.