My Opposition: The Diaries Of Friedrich Kellner
Two Wars, Two Men, One Weapon
A documentary of courage and devotion
A Canadian documentary that explores the horrors of the past to illuminate the dangers of the present will have its American premiere on September 26 in the theater of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Produced by Abella Limited and CCI Entertainment of Toronto, “My Opposition - the Diaries of Friedrich Kellner” tells the story of two courageous and determined men: a German patriot who fought the Nazis in the 1930’s and then recorded their evil deeds in a secret diary; and his American grandson, who uses that diary today as a weapon against terrorism and fanaticism.
Friedrich Kellner was a German justice inspector who campaigned against the Nazis and continued to oppose them even after Hitler came to power. Through reenactments and archival footage, the dramatic film shows Kellner struggling to stop the mindless rampages of Kristallnacht and, as a consequence, being brought before a tribunal and threatened with imprisonment in a concentration camp. He continues to resist against the Third Reich as he distributes Allied leaflets and risks his life to compile a thousand pages in a secret diary to alert coming generations to the dangers of totalitarianism and intolerant ideologies.
Within the film is also the remarkable story of Friedrich Kellner’s grandson, Dr. Robert Scott Kellner, who grew up in an orphanage in America, joined the navy at the age of seventeen, and while traveling through Germany went AWOL in order to search for his grandparents. He assumed his grandfather had been a Nazi, but instead discovered these remarkable diaries. Following the example of his courageous grandfather, Scott Kellner uses these historical writings to counter those who would deny history. He has challenged the President of Iran to renounce his fanatical interpretation of Islam and to endorse the sanctity of human life and individual liberty.
The documentary is 65 minutes long, filmed in Germany and the United States, produced and directed by Arnie Zipursky and Fern Levitt, and distributed by CCI Entertainment Ltd., Toronto.
My Opposition received the 2007 Creative Excellence Award from the U.S. International Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles.
In 2005 the Friedrich Kellner diaries received their first public showing in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Now the Museum is proud to be a part of the premiere of this important documentary.
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The Bush Museum Issues Forum strives to present leading experts in their respective fields. The forum also provides a vehicle in which the local community can be engaged in discussion concerning topics and issues that face our nation. In the past, the Museum Issues Forum has addressed a wide variety of topics including terrorism, LBJ, Central Europe, and the role of intelligence in national security.
"My Opposition – the Diaries of Friedrich Kellner" was produced in association with Global Television, a division of CanWest MediaWorks Inc and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit, the Government of Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, and the Rogers Documentary Fund.