The Holocaust Denial Case – Never Forget

Among the cases I handled as a public interest lawyer was a lawsuit in 1981 by Mel Mermelstein, a survivor of Auschwitz, against several radical right-wing organizations which, as a publicity ploy, denied the Genocide of European Jews during World War II.

The legal matter was covered by the national media and all three major television networks were present for the hearing in October 1981.  When the Superior Court judge took “judicial notice” of the Holocaust, the court’s landmark decision was reported internationally.

In 1991, the case was featured in the Turner Network Television movie Never Forget which starred Leonard Nimoy as Mel Mermelstein, Blyth Danner as Jane Mermelstein and Dabney Coleman as me.

The movie can be viewed in its entirity on YouTube in nine installments.  Following is a brief 37-minute condensed version highlighting the legal aspects of the case.



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