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A free documentary film premiere of “The Mission of Herman Stern” is offered at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.

Herman Stern was posthumously awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 2014 for civic contributions to North Dakota, and this film tells the story of this North Dakota citizen who left his mark on the world for his part in rescuing more than 125 people from Nazi Germany. The film showing will be followed by a panel discussion that includes filmmaker Art Phillips and educator Carl Oberholzer.

“The Mission of Herman Stern” chronicles the actions of Stern on the international stage, telling a story of leadership, empathy and selflessness. The historical decision made by Stern to aid more than 125 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany during a very dark moment in world history is a study of history, ethics, character and citizenship. This historical documentary is produced by Video Arts Studios and will be premiered at three North Dakota locations. 

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