KSMQ program hitting the U.S.

Published 4:00 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014

A locally produced KSMQ program is going national.

“The Typist,” a television documentary that tells the life story of the last living transcriptionist from the Nuremberg Trials, is being picked up for broadcast by a national program distribution service.

“The Typist” was produced by KSMQ Public Television, the PBS television station serving southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. KSMQ has been notified that the National Educational Telecommunications Association will transmit the 60-­minute program via satellite, making the program available to PBS television stations across the United States.

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“It is wonderful for our production team to be recognized in this way,” said Eric Olson, president and CEO of KSMQ. “We are indeed fortunate to have been given the opportunity to tell Larry’s story.”

“The Typist” follows the life and work of Larry Tillemans, a Minnesota native and resident. Tillemans is the last living clerk­‐typist from the Nuremberg Trials. As a sergeant in the U.S. 3rd Army, it was Larry’s duty to document the testimony of victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust — information that deeply affected the young Minnesotan.

After years of carrying this emotional burden, Tillmans decided to share his experiences with as many people as possible. A KSMQ camera crew has been visiting Tillemans for the past two years and accompanying him as he presented his talks to schools and community groups.

The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals held by the Allied forces after World War II during 1945 and 1946 in the German city of Nuremberg. The trials prosecuted prominent members of the political, military and economic leadership of Nazi Germany.

“The Typist” may be viewed anytime on KSMQ’s website, www.ksmq.org.