Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State
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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (DVD)
More than any previous documentary about the Holocaust, Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State reveals the inner workings of the Nazi implementation of Hitler's infamous "final solution." Drawing on the latest academic discoveries, this remarkable BBC series presents a wide-ranging, meticulously researched biography of the titular "killing factory" and its evolution into a highly efficient location for industrialized extermination of well over one million Jews, gypsies, and other so-called "mongrel races" between 1940 and 1945. From "Surprising Beginnings" to "Liberation & Revenge," the six-chapter program chronicles the gradual process that escalated into the Holocaust, focusing its expansive European timeline on the detailed movements of preeminent (and highly corruptible) Holocaust engineers like Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Höss, and "death doctor" Josef Mengele. Through painstakingly authentic reenactments of crucial meetings including the Wannsee Conference (where the "final solution" was secretly devised), we see and hear the Nazi thought processes, built on virulent hatred and bigotry, that "justified" mass murder on an unprecedented scale.
Subtle but exacting use of computer-animated effects allows three-dimensional exploration of newly discovered architectural plans and buildings long-ago destroyed, revealing the transformation of Auschwitz as World War II progressed. Along with rare archival footage, thorough documentation, and frank testimony from Holocaust survivors and Nazi perpetrators (not all of them penitent about their crimes), these programs make expert use of commanding narration by Oscar®-winning actress Linda Hunt, who brings depth and gravitas to a grim litany of sobering facts and figures. The result is an all-encompassing portrait of Auschwitz unlike anything seen before, masterfully written and produced by Laurence Rees with equal parts tenacity, intelligence, and integrity, informed by an overriding sense of moral outrage that is entirely appropriate to the history being examined. It's a remarkable achievement, as important as Shoah as a definitive exploration of one of the darkest chapters in human history. --Jeff Shannon
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But not all Nazis were evil like that. In one episode, one nazi is asked to make a decision on who gets to live and who gets to die, since he cannot bring himself to make a huge decision like that he hides them all and brings them to safety.
The truth one learns by watching this film is beyond belief. At the end of the documentary, please watch the dialogue for all 6 episodes. The one with the students (which is the last one) is the most touching because there is proof that good does win over evil and these children are open minded and want to learn what happened during these terrible years so we never see this kind of cruelty against another human being being done ever again.
"Of the 7,000 members of the SS [protection squadron] who worked at Auschwitz and who survived the war, fewer than 800 were ever put on trial. Nearly 90% of those involved were never prosecuted...There are those who deny the reality of what took place here...1,300,000 people were sent to Auschwitz during the 4 1/2 years of its existence. 1,100,000 of them died here. Hundreds of Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, and other minorities were murdered. 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war; 21,000 gypsies; 70,000 polish prisoners; and 1,000,000 Jews, at least 200,000 of them children."
The above comes at the end of this chilling documentary film series. It presents the story of Auschwitz or technically Auschwitz-Birkenau, a German Nazi concentration camp established in 1940. It was a network of 45 concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich (or Nazi Germany) in Polish area annexed by Nazi Germany during World War 2.
This series (titled in the UK as "Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'") uses primarily four elements:
(1) rarely seen archival film (mostly black and white)
(2) nearly 100 interviews with survivors and former guards (many speaking out for the first time)
(3) computer-generated reconstructions of buildings now demolished (the architectural plans for these buildings only became available in the 1990s)
(4) re-enactments of meetings and other events
This documentary is the result of three years of research.
The historical and script consultant was Professor Sir Ian Kershaw who is said to be one of the world's leading experts on Hitler and Nazi Germany.Read more ›
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Buyers please note that there are two versions of this amazing documentary. There is a UK version narrated by Sam West and an American version narrated by Linda Hunt. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adam