Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project is an important and unique documentary film which helps increase awareness and understanding of the events and legacy of the Holocaust, as shared directly from survivor testimony. The varied survivor voices in this film effectively and poignantly illustrate the impossible dilemmas faced by individuals under Nazi terror, as well as the lifelong impact of those experiences on the survivors themselves, their family members, and the larger community.


This film is important both for the stories that survivors share, but also for the way their voices are presented. Although traumatic experiences are shared by the survivors, you also get a sense of their resilience, historical perspective, and individual dignity. The structure and tone of the film "humanizes" these individuals who might otherwise be perceived simply as victims.


Facing History and Ourselves was a co-sponsor of the premiere of Soul Witness at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on January 26, 2017. The film was sold out, and the response from the attendees was very powerful. It is clear that this film has the ability to touch hearts and minds in a profound way, and that is should be made more widely available for education use.


Although Soul Witness is still a work in progress, and it is not in educational distribution, Facing History is eagerly anticipating its completion and educational distribution. We urge support for this important project, and its producer Harvey Bravman.


We aim to encourage support for the efforts involved in licensing the material in the film, and ultimately in making it available in streaming formats for years to come. We offer this letter as an endorsement of the film, and in the hope that it will continue to be available to future generations of teachers, students and the general public. Please feel free to contact either of us if we can provide further information.

–  Marc Skvirsky

Vice President and Chief Program Officer
Facing History and Ourselves

–  Tracy O'Brien

Director,  Library Services
Facing History and Ourselves