Some of you know that I recently left my job to pursue a personal goal. I'm going to write a book.
For years now I have wanted to "make a difference" in the world by doing something that would encourage current and future generations to understand those around them and in far flung places. Not necessarily agree with those people, but tolerate their right to think differently from us, agree to disagree to avoid wars, and, genocide. In October last year I discovered a video of my grandfather being interviewed by American Filmmakers a few days after the American liberation of Dachau concentration camp. The sound was garbled and so I started a desperate search to find the transcript or a version of the film with sound. Finding the video of my Grandfather shocked me into action. I knew I had to do something now.
After I ended my fulfilling 6 years at a fast moving internet company, I began to unearth incredible discoveries and have been introduced to special people who are already making a difference. It's a contrasting world from the rapid paced lets-build-online-businesses than I have been used to, but, it's oh so rewarding. In the first few days after I left my job, I discovered that the Wall St Journal published an article with part of the transcript from my Grandfather's video.
..And in a rare piece of footage accompanied by sound, Mr. Stevens interviews survivors at Dachau. "We have no place to go back," says a man identified as Mr. Dortheimer. "We are beggars with no homes."
It was a timely discovery - finally I found the video with sound! It is part of an exhibition in NYC at the Museum of Jewish Heritage of American Filmmakers.
..Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller who entertained audiences with American cinema classics like The Grapes of Wrath, Shane, and The Big Red One. But their most important contribution to history was their work in the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Services, filming the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps."
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