Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust
Reporting on the Times is a short documentary film inspired by Laurel Leff's award-winning book Buried by the Times. The film explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust during World War II. It also investigates why The Times, a Jewish owned newspaper, buried more than one thousand articles in its back pages. Was it simply an oversight? Or did the publishers and editors fear an American anti-Semitic backlash?
Through interviews and testimony of a Holocaust survivor, historians, and New York Times journalists, Reporting on the Times encourages audiences to reevaluate America's reputation as "The Great Liberator." The film also asks viewers to consider the power of the press in creating change.
18th Annual Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award, East Coast Best Woman Director
2013 Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Mention, Student Category
2013 Kesef Award Pittsburgh Robinson International Short Film Competition
2013 Real to Reel Film Festival, Best Student Documentary
2013 Oregon Independent Film Festival, Best Social Action Short Documentary
2013 Docutah Film Festival, Best Student Short Film
39th Annual Student Academy Awards Documentary National Finalist
"Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust is a fascinating short subject documentary by student filmmaker Emily Harrold that tells the story of how and why The New York Times willfully ignored reporting the Holocaust during the 1940s. Harrold gives us insight into the importance of journalism and the dangers when prominent papers ignore the story."
- Tribeca Film Festival Jury, 2013
"We count on newspapers to report news accurately and objectively, but economic success depends on a loyal readership and a solid advertising base. This conflict of interest is a theme of this absorbing documentary that investigates scanty coverage of the Holocaust during WWII by the New York Times"
-Booklist Online, Dec 2014