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

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations




(Independence, Mo.) - Kenneth Lipper, co-producer of the Academy Award-winning film documentary about the Holocaust, "The Last Days," will meet with Kansas City Holocaust survivors at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education from 2 - 3 p.m. on Weds., Oct. 6, 1999. The center is located at the Jewish Community Center campus at 5801 W. 115th Street in Overland Park. Lipper will speak with survivors about what has been done in Kansas City to educate about the Holocaust, and will talk about his experiences in making "The Last Days" with executive producer Steven Spielberg. Lipper and the Holocaust survivors also will be available to speak with the media.

The film, which won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, chronicles the experiences of five Hungarians who fell victim to Adolf Hitler's final genocidal push at the end of World War II. The film was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, co-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.

In conjunction with Lipper's visit, the public is invited to attend four special screenings of "The Last Days" at the Harry S. Truman Library October 7-10. The screenings, shown in the film's original 35-mm format, are co-sponsored by the Harry S.

Truman Library, the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. 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.

In the film, survivors journey back to their hometowns and to the places where they faced the Holocaust. Their eyewitness testimony and rare archival footage reveals the harrowing journey that meant death for millions and survival for a precious few.

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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