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October 25, 1974 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-10-25

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Simon Wiesenthal's Courageous Role Tracking Down Nazi Criminals Shown in 'Odessa File'
Nazism is not ignored as past is not forgotten, the

a menace to mankind, the criminals are being hunted,
and the concern over the
dangers that may yet remain
NOW OPEIt
as a legacy from the Hitler
era are active as hunters of
SUNDAYS
the Nazi criminals.
S p.m. to 12 Midnitt
The remainder and the
evidence of the hunting is
emphasized in a most mov-
ing film, "The Odessa File,"
now showing in a number of
Detroit theaters.
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world suffered from in the
1930s and 1940s.
"The Odessa File" is filled
with action, drama, realism,
displaying.. the. courage_ of
those who would avenge the
years of the Holocaust.
Jon Voight plays the role
of Peter . Miller, a young
journalist who, reading the
diary of a survivor who had
just committed suicide, is
moved to become a Nazi
hunter. The film, in all its
realism, shows the back-
ground of the Nazi terror in
occurrences in Hamburg in
1903, which dramatize the
search for Nazis, and the
battle to end the Odessa
Nazis' plots to revive anti-
Semitism and Hitlerism.
Peter Miller is determined
to locate the villainous SS
General Edward Roschmann
who was responsible for the
murder of 80,000 Jews in the
Riga Ghetto, that tale of
tragedy having been reveal-
ed to him in the diary of the
suicide, Solomon Tauber,
who described the Rosch
mann cruelties.
The viewer learns towards
the end of the film that
Peter Miller was in a large
measure motivated in his de-
termination to hunt down the
SS general because Rosch-

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mann was the murderer of
his father.
Tauber had seen Rosch-
mann only three weeks be-
fore his suicide, as a friend
of his, another survivor, told
Miller, but the police refused
to act. That caused his loss
of faith and the ending his
life.
That's when Miller learn-
ed that the Odessa organiza-
tion was composed of former
SS men who were set on re-
viving Nazism in Germany.
The film also reveals that
Roschmann h a d become
wealthy in the manufacturing
business, that he was creating
a weapon to be turned over
to Nasser for Israel's destruc-
tion.
Israeli intelligence forces
were on the job seeking to
expose the Odessa group, and
Miller, risking his life, suc-
ceeded in securing the
Odessa File, with the names
and photos of the culprits,
which were turned over to
the Israelis and to Simon
Wiesenthal.
The plot to destroy Israel
is foiled, the Roschmann fac-
tory is burned while the Is-
raeli underground intelli-
gence men are watching and
Miller's father's death is
avenged.
The role of Wiesenthal is
played by Shmuel Rodensky.
The film takes the viewer to
the Wiesenthal office in Vi-
enna where Miller had gone
in search for material about
the Odessa terrorists. His
mission as hunter of Nazis
becomes significantly e v i •
dent. It gives realism and
historicity to the movie.
Wiesenthal's comments, his
display of the records, his
explanations of the Nazi
roles and his mission to hunt
down the murderers, the co-
operation he gives Miller—
provide revelation of the
tragic era of the SS and
Nazism and an emphasis on

the need to hunt down the
criminals. There is also the
revelation of obstruction to
the searchers for the truth
and for the Nazi beasts, with
groups like the Odessa aim-
ing at a restration of the bru-
tal era. Major roles are
played by Maximilian Schell
and Maria Schell.
The Odessa story and the
avenging of the Riga Ghetto
crimes are reminiscent of the
Adolf Eichmann trial, the

capture of the mass murderer
thanks to the expose of the
Nazi who directed the ex-
termination policies for Hit-
ler by Wiesenthal.
Thus, a very dramatic film
becomes part of history and
of current tasks to prevent ,
recurrence of the worst in
mankind. Fiction becornes as
vital as history, and drama
is superb in "The Odessa
File."
P. S.

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