For Immediate Release: October 4, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

Academy-Award Winning Producer Ken Lipper to Speak at Inaugural Program

(Independence, Mo.) - The Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City will present the first-ever Arthur Gilbert Lecture in an invitation-only event at 6 p.m. on Weds., Oct. 6 at the Harry S. Truman Library. Special guest lecturer Kenneth Lipper, co-producer of Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film, "The Last Days," will present opening remarks about the film, followed by a presentation of the film itself.

Presented by Steven Spielberg and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and co-produced by Kenneth Lipper and June Beallor, "The Last Days" is the story of the Jews of Hungary whose lives were changed forever when Germany invaded during the last days of World War II.

Ken Lipper, first speaker in the Arthur Gilbert Lecture, will share his thoughts on this film that had to be made to show there is always hope when one believes in humanity itself. Lipper is chairman of Lipper & Company. He is also former deputy mayor of New York, a noted author of such books as "Wall Street," and "City Hall," and a seasoned film producer.

Through a generous gift by The Gilbert Foundation, The Arthur Gilbert Lecture was established as a partnership between the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Jewish

Federation of Greater Kansas City to reflect the leadership and values espoused by President Truman. The Truman Library Institute and the Jewish Federation will jointly present The Arthur Gilbert Lecture on an annual basis.

"The Last Days," which won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, will be shown to the public four times at the Harry S. Truman Library October 7-10. The film is free with paid museum admission to the Library.

Showtimes are:
October 7: 7 p.m.
October 8, 9 & 10: 1:30 p.m.

"The Last Days" was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, produced by June Beallor and Ken Lipper, directed and edited by James Moll, and the original score was composed by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer.
The Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs is the non-profit partner and support organization for the Truman Library and Museum. For more information, please call (816) 833-0425, or visit

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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