While Israeli Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Tuviah Friedman was alive, Susan Chodakiewitz and I had promised to try to get a feature film made of his ultimately successful quest to find the Nazi Adolf Eichmann — the architect during World War II of the systematic murder of 6 million Jews and countless others.
For 15 years Tuviah persisted in his search until Eichmann was finally captured in Argentina and brought to Israel to stand trial. Even in the face of personal, financial and political obstacles, Tuviah never gave up his quest.
Susan and her husband first met Tuviah in 2000 in Beverly Hills where he had come to sell some of his original Nazi documents in order to obtain more operating funds for his Nazi Documentation Center in Haifa. Over the years of his ongoing visits to Beverly Hills Tuviah shared with Susan his Nazi hunter story as well as his desire for a feature film project based on his Eichmann quest.
Many years ago Susan and I met at a Shotokan dojo while doing karate and became writing and exercise partners. In 2007 we invited Tuviah to Los Angeles to meet film producers, and this began our saga of trying to get a feature film produced.
Tuviah died in 2011. We were unable during his lifetime to produce the movie we promised. Yet this year in 2016 we are moving forward. Inspired by Tuviah’s life work and personal example of perseverance, we have just completed this project’s feature film screenplay, which we have titled THE RED LETTER.
The title THE RED LETTER refers to the letter in red ink that Eichmann wrote to Tuviah while Eichmann was in prison awaiting execution after a lengthy trial. Although Tuviah was forced to sell the original letter for ongoing operating funds for his Nazi Documentation Center, the letter remained an important symbol to Tuviah for the rest of his life.
Susan and I are determined to finish what we started — bring to the screen the universal story of one man’s quest to find justice for millions of murdered men, women and children.
We are now actively reaching out to both European and American movie producers for this project. (The main movie sequences take place in the U.S., Poland, Austria, and Israel, while the final scene takes place at the historic Bundestag vote to abolish Germany’s Statute of Limitation on Nazi war crimes.)
If you are a producer and might be interested in this project, please get in touch with us. Or if you know of movie producers who might be interested in this project, please share this blog post with them. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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