Holocaust in Great Britain. The Documentary
When Hitler had seized power, he started to kill Jews and send them to concentration camps. British newspapers were covering events in progress and the authorities there looked to Hitler, who was “trying to restore Germanys pride”, even positively. Jews wanted to escape but there was nowhere to go. British border service did not let them in.
On November 1938 took place “Crystal night” – 10 000 Jews were sent to concentration camps. Some children were sent to Great Britain but their mothers were left behind. The conditions in concentration camp were awful. There was no food and water. Some people who survived went to Great Britain. They were treated as usual incomers and no psychical help was given to them. They were alone.
In my opinion holocaust was very condemnable and authorities should have done something to avoid it. Not only the authorities in Great Britain but also authorities in elsewhere. People should learn of things like that but in some countries mistreatment still continues.
Night and Fog
1956, Argos Films, France
Director – Alain Resnais
The film Night and Fog tells us about concentration camps like Auschwitz, Dachau, Treblinka, Buchenwald, Stutthof, all of those were just names on a map, and now they have a horrifying meaning because of what was going on over there.
The concentration camps were built by the Nazi party with clear knowing of their purpose – to destroy human beings. The literal builder was not military, as we may believe, but usual building companies, whoever did the best bid.
The inmates were brought to the caps with trains in cattle cars in awful conditions already the journey killed many people. Most of them had no idea where they were going, or what was going to happen to them
At the arrival to the camp all the personal belongings were taken away from them, people were often forced to nudity before compulsory shower, hair was shaved off and they were made to wear blue-striped uniforms. The barracks were always overcrowded, sometimes three or four people sleeping in one bed.
Himmler was very clear that the purpose of these camps was to destroy the inmates, but before he wanted to gain as mush of them as he could. So the inmates were in servitude, working often for big fabrics, working in snow, in heat, always kept hungry. Food was always in their mind, even though it frequently worked as a diuretic. Many captives died of hunger and diseases before the destroying reached them.
The killing was organized and contiguous. Sometimes those who could not work were separated right after arriving to the camp, sometimes people were taken from the camp by cars or trains, either way they did not know, that they were about to be executed in a moment.
At the beginning the SS used to shoot the people, but that was not effective enough. So the gas chambers and crematoriums were built
About nine million people were killed or died in concentration camps. The ally troops arrived too late for so many. Almost all the officers said that they “are not responsible”.
The film questions who then is to blame and will mankind be smart enough to forestall the history from repeating itself. By revealing the true horrors of the camps it definitely makes one think about the causes that led some of us to command such acts.
Forgiving doctor Mengel
The name of the movie is „Forgiving doctor Mengel“ and it consists of four short submovies: „Memories from the camp“, „Doctor Munch“, „Holocaust museum“, „The reopening of museum“. The movie is of a woman, Eva Kor, who survived the torturing in Auschwitz camp.
In the first subpart Eva’s nowadays life can be seen. Her everyday life is shown and she describes her life in the Auschwitz camp and how she got there. Also Eva’s close people speak about her.
In the second subpart Eva flies to Germany to meet a man who was a Nazi officer Dr. Hans Münch. He was the only officer who was acquited because a lot of prisoners testified that he saved their lives in Auschwitz camp. Together Eva and Hans go to an old gas chamber in Auschwitz were Eva wants to sign a letter in the presence of Hans Münch where she forgives Dr. Mengel so she could get peace of mind.
In the third part it is shown how in the name of the Max Planck Association the spokesman apologizes in front of several „dr. Mengel twins“ and the „twins“ reactions to that. Later Eva’s holocaust museum is shown and she describes it a bit.
In the fourth submovie the burned remains of Eva’s holocaust museum is shown and it is mentioned that it was arson. The movie ends with the 60th anniversary of liberation in a crematorium in Auschwitz where Eva describes her emotions when visiting this camp.
I think that overall it was a good educational movie. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who aren’t dealing with holocaust specifically but it’s good for them who study holocaust and want to get to the core of it. In my opinion it was good that Eva decided to forgive and get her peace of mind although other survivors of the Auschwitz camp didn’t understand her. I think that there should have been more describing of the life in Auschwitz camp and it would have been good to show more videos of the life there.
But the story didnt end that way
I watched film named „But the story didnt end that way“. It’s produced by Yad Vashem and The International School for Holocaust Studies.
The film talks about the „Kristallnacht“ pogrom- a series of riots held against the Jews of the Third Reich. This event constitutes a significant turning point in the history of German and Austrian Jewry. It has become a symbol of the attack on innocent people.
In the film survivors tell about their memories. There are about five persons who have lived it through and try to give forward the atmosphere on these days.
I don’t recommend this film for everybody but when you are interested in history especially Jews or Nazis, it could be a good overview.
Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust
Running time: 1:00:40
Subject: Holocaust, 1933-1945
The film talked about how Nazis began to rule Germany in 1933 and ended
with the capitulation of Germany and liberating the detainees. There
were several people talking about their experience with concentration
camps and Nazi’s rule. The film also included interesting photos and
video clips taken during that period.
An interesting film that helps one to understand better what happened
during World War II. There was a lot of new information for me,
everything looked more real because of the speakers who were talking
about their own experiences and not scientists who had read about it
from some kind of book. I recommend it to others, too.