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GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY AWARDS GRANT: The Federal Republic of Germany Foreign Office has awarded LMG’s Rumbula’s Echo a $20,000 grant to partially fund supplementary filming in Germany.

GRANTS FUND U.S. SUPPLEMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: Grants from the Illinois Humanities Council, Jewish Federation of Chicago Breakthrough Fund and City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have partially funded U.S. supplementary photography in Chicago and New York. These interviews fill in small pieces in the film's story.

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT GRANT SUPPORTS RE-ENACTMENT FILMING IN LATVIA: The U.S. State Department has awarded a grant to the U.S. Embassy in Latvia for "Rumbula's Echo and Beyond." The embassy designed this Holocaust education project to integrate with Rumbula's Echo's filming of a restrained re-enactment of the forced march from the Riga Ghetto to the Rumbula execution site. The project funds a portion of filming costs.

Press Coverage

May 2014
Make It Better (formerly North Shore magazine) article about LMG’s Rumbula’s Echo and survivor Sia Hertsberg, with photo. Click here to read.

March 31, 2014
WBBM-TV CBS2 Chicago feature story about LMG’s Rumbula’s Echo focused on one of the survivors featured in the film, Sia Hertsberg. Click here to read.

March 2014
JUF News article about Rumbula’s Echo and March work-in-progress screening of the documentary. Click here to read.

February 28, 2014
Delfi (a major Internet web portal in the Baltic countries and Ukraine) article about LMG’s Rumbula’s Echo with video excerpts, in Latvian language. Click here to read and watch.

February 21, 2014
Chicago Reader/Bleader film critic wrote this article that includes Rumbula’s Echo and a photo of the Rumbula memorial. Notice the Rumbula denial comment that follows. Click here to read.

December 2011
Latvian Jewish Courier
Producer-Director Mitchell Lieber's speech at work-in-progress screening at annual memorial service of Jewish Survivors of Latvia.

December 1, 2011
Svet Daily Newspaper, Chicago
(Russian language)
feature on Rumbula's Echo's
Sia Hertsberg

July 5, 2011
Latvijas Avize
(national daily newspaper in Latvia)
Coverage of screening of work-in-progress of Rumbula's Echo on July 4, 2011.

July 3, 2011
National Radio Station in Latvia
Gita Umanovska, Executive Director of the Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, discussed the work-in-progress screening of Rumbula's Echo and other National Holocaust Remembrance Day activities on July 4.

November 2010
Harper's Magazine
Photos from Rumbula's Echo, used with credit. Use for book review of When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckman.

Ruth L. Ratny's Reel Chicago (which covers the film industry in Chicago) reported on the documentary film, Rumbula's Echo, in Indie Focus of February 24, 2009. See

Chicago's WLUW-FM broadcast an interview with Rumbula's Echo writer-producer Mitchell Lieber on April 18. The interview with Lieber was conducted by Michael James on the From the Heartland program.

The Latvian Jewish Courier January 2008 issue devotes two pages to the LMG documentary film Rumbula's Echo. The Courier is published by the Jewish Survivors of Latvia.

Chicago's monthly JUF News reported "One Family's Reunion Leads to a Website for All" in its World section, in September 2003. The articles and photos are about LMG's educational web site,, and the Lieber family story that led to its creation.

The Jerusalem Post , on December 19, 2002, reported "It's All Relative: History Uncovered". The article is about LMG's educational web site,, and the story behind it.

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Featured Project
Rumbula's Echo
feature length documentary film
and TV mini-series

Rumbula's Echo web site home page.

An American father's genealogy search for his daughter's namesake reveals the rich tapestry of Jewish life in Latvia in the late 19th century. Following the generations leads him to the early days of the Holocaust and the annihilation of nearly all of the country's Jews, including most of his relatives. Three years after beginning research, an e-mail brings a shocking and surprising discovery about his family.

Rumbula's Echo is the first film focused on documenting the Rumbula Forest murders of 27,800, more than a third of Latvia's Jews and among the largest mass shootings of the Holocaust before the operation of the death camps. The film recounts the amazing story of Jews in Latvia before, during and after the Holocaust.

This inspiring true story illustrates that one's own family history may contain twists, turns and surprises that rival even a great work fiction, and is simply waiting to be uncovered.

For an outline of the documentary's story, photos and news about the film please visit the web site for Rumbula's Echo.