Stories to Remember

Founded on a creative collaboration between Joshua M. Greene (writer/producer) and Shiva Kumar (director), Stories to Remember (STR) is a media company that explores critical social issues. Since its inception in 1989, STR has produced hundreds of hours of programming for family, educational, corporate, and not-for-profit markets. With broadcast credits on PBS, The Discovery Channel, BBC, Cablevision, Canal Plus, NHK and REI, STR’s original programs have been distributed in 25 countries and garnered numerous industry and consumer awards.

STR began with a series of animated specials for The Disney Channel. In the 1999, STR began producing documentary films on Holocaust history. These include “Witness: Voices from the Holocaust,” “Justice at Dachau,” and “Hitler’s Courts,” with companion books available from major publishers. In the corporate and non-profit arenas, STR creates media for clients such as the United Nations, the World Council of Religions for Peace, and a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Production Company

Joshua M. Greene

Writer & Producer
Mr. Greene is an author, educator, and filmmaker who explores the role of religion in the peace process. He taught Holocaust history at Hofstra University teaches Hindu philosophy at various places in the New York area. He spent thirteen years in Hindu ashrams and returned to New York in 1982 to being his career in media. He served as Vice President for Global Affairs at Ruder Finn, an international communications firm, and Director of Programming for Cablevision. He is the author of several bestselling books, lectures frequently, and sits on the boards of the American Jewish Committee and the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. He lives with his family on Long Island.

Shiva Kumar

Director & Actor
Shiva Kumar has worked in commercial, broadcast, and corporate filmmaking for over twenty years. He was Executive Producer for Cablevision and has taught production on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Born in New Delhi, Shiva is well known as the former host for the popular U.S. and U.K. program Vision of Asia. For the past 20 years, Shiva has partnered with Joshua Greene on programs for PBS, The Disney Channel, Discovery Communications, and more than a dozen television networks overseas. Their company, Stories To Remember, has produced more than 1,000 hours of entertainment and documentary programs for broadcast and educational markets. He lives with his family on Long Island.

Executive Producers

Henri Lustiger Thaler

Dr. Lustiger Thaler is the author and editor of seven books and many scholarly articles including “The Rebirth of Orthodox Judaism in the British Occupied Zone” in Bergen-Belsen, Reimagining Social Movements: From Collectives to Individuals, “History & Memory, The Orthodox experience in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp”, and “Memory Redux”. He is the Series Editor of Memory Studies: Global Constellations and the Associate Editor of Sociopedia by Sage Publications. Dr. Lustiger Thaler is an internationally recognized exhibition curator on the history of the Holocaust and an Associate Researcher at CADIS, and Professor of Cultural & Historical Sociology at Ramapo College in the USA. His latest book is "Witnessing Unbound: Holocaust Representation and the Origins of Memory".

Edward Sonshine

CEO & Philanthropist
Mr. Sonshine is a lawyer by training. After 15 years of legal practice, he went into business and became C.E.O. of one of Canada’s first REITs in 1994. Over the last 20 years, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust has become the largest in Canada with an enterprise value in excess of $14.5 billion. In addition, Mr. Sonshine is a Director of the Royal Bank of Canada and Cineplex Galaxy Entertainment. Born in Bergen-Belsen, Mr. Sonshine immigrated to Canada at the age of 2 where he continues to live with his entire family which includes 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Mr. Sonshine has always been actively involved in philanthropic endeavours and is currently Vice Chair of Mount Sinai Hospital of Toronto, Chair of State of Israel Bonds/Canada and a member of the Top Gifts Cabinet of United Way of Toronto, as well as a Past Chair of UJA Annual Campaign. In 2013, Mr. Sonshine was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year.

Production Crew

Paul Gibson

Director of Photography After fifteen years as one of HBO’s hottest cinematographers, New York-based cameraman Paul Gibson segued into feature film and commercial production. His credits include cinema-verite work such as “Paris Is Burning,” one of the highest grossing theatrical documentaries of all time; and award-winning excursions into real-life human drama such as Iowa floods, Kentucky ice storms, and Hurricane Gustav.

Brian McClatchy

Since 1991 Brian has worked as a freelance Director of Photography for clients such as Hugo Boss, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, AMG, Porsche, Bosch, Märklin, and John Deere. Brian works extensively on sport, culture and wildlife productions for German and US television including ARD, Arte, ZDF, Sat 1, RTL, Deutsche Welle, 3Sat, DSF, ABC, NBC, PBS, National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian HD Channel. He regularly shoots for National Geographic Television’s Explorer Series as well as contributing to Showtime Network’s Smithsonian HD Channel productions.

Advisory Committee

  • Lawrence Langer
    Professor Emeritus, Simmons College, MA
  • Geoffrey Hartman
    Professor Emeritus, Yale University, CT
  • Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
    Professor, New York University;
    Leader, Core Exhibition Team, Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
  • David Marwell
    Director, Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, NYC
  • Harry Reicher
    Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2004–2008);
    Director, Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center, Brooklyn, New York;
    Professor of Law, Touro Law School;
    Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Marianne Hirsch
    Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender of Columbia University.
  • Marlene Rubenstein
    Chicago liaison for “Memory After Belsen”;
    co-founder, Women’s Board of the National Kidney Foundation of America;
    Chicago coordinator, fundraising for the United States Holocaust Museum (Washington, D.C.)