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Documentarian Arthur Holch dead at 86

Oct. 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Emmy Award-winning documentarian Arthur Holch, whose work explored race relations, Nazism and communism, died at his Connecticut home at the age of 86.

Holch, who died of heart failure Sept. 23, may be best known for his 1961 piece, "Walk In My Shoes," a 60-minute documentary examining life for African-Americans across a broad spectrum of social classes, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The New York Herald Tribune called "Walk In My Shoes" "one of the finest documentaries ever offered on television," adding, "No one with a spark of human compassion could witness this program without an infinitely deeper understanding and sense of concern for an appalling American problem," the Times said.

Holch produced and directed "Heil Hitler! Confessions of a Hitler Youth," which won a News & Documentary Emmy in 1992.

Holch received his bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and his master's from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is survived by his wife, seven children and seven grandchildren.

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