Near Normal Man

How does a young person maintain resilience and humanity in the face of vicious racism, unspeakable violence and unfolding genocide?  This is the story of Holocaust Survivor Ben Stern, as he explores the question that haunts: how did he emerge from overwhelming physical pain and psychological terror, determined to reject violence, and remain dedicated to a life of courage, kindness and hope?

After 2 ghettos, 9 concentration camps, and 2 death marches in Nazi Europe, Ben builds a new life in the U.S.--only to face American Nazis and their plan to march in his adopted hometown, Skokie, Illinois, 30 years later.  Ben stands up, speaks out, and sparks a fierce public battle over hate speech.  Many advise the Jews in Skokie to stay home and hide from the march, but Ben refuses to accept that course of action, and builds national support for his position, until the march is cancelled.

Ben's story resonates with a new generation, and inspires commitment to action for social justice.

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