Tuesday, February 10, 2009

AP Story: Minnesotan's Holocaust story could become a movie

Feb. 9, 2009 ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The life story of a Twin Cities man who survived the Holocaust and wrote a book about his experiences may be going to the big screen.

Eighty-eight-year-old Henry Oertelt wrote about his life as a young Jew who survived five concentration camps in "An Unbroken Chain: My Journey Through the Nazi Holocaust."

The film rights to that book were recently sold to an independent film company that has plans to turn it into a feature film. Stephanie Silverman Houser, of launch flix, says she plans to film in Europe and hopes to attract a major name to play Oertelt.
She says the movie will tell his story from his teenage to his young adult years. It will be aimed at teenagers as an adventure story.

Oertelt says he has met with Silverman Houser and has no doubts that she will be true to his story.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

After a larger story in the St. Cloud Times appeared Feb. 8 "Holocaust survivor’s life bound for big screen," an Associated Press writer submitted this shorter version (above) which was picked up regionally by all major MN TV, Radio and Newspaper outlets as well as the NY Daily News, LA Examiner, MSNBC, Hollywood Hello, and Japan FM.

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