For 70 years, the site of Auschwitz, which has become the dreadful incarnation of the Shoah, is a theater of diversions and confrontations, plundering, attempts to exploit and rewrite its history. Beyond the historical facts, this film revisits numerous questions: what to do with the Auschwitz site? What purpose should it serve?
Documentary filmmaker Michaël Prazan’s captivating and personal detective story uncovers the truth behind his father’s childhood escape from Nazi-occupied France, which was made possible by a female smuggler with mysterious motivations.
This eight-part series examines the history of the Shoah from the rise of the Nazi power to the Final Solution and the discovery of the camps and its impact on the post-war world. With the participation of some 50 leading university scholars, it presents the latest findings in historical research while remaining accessible to the widest possible public.
Ce film mène une enquête inédite sur les oeuvres réalisées clandestinement dans les camps nazis. Il dialogue avec les rares artistes déportés encore vivants et avec les conservateurs de leurs oeuvres : des émotions qu’elles suscitent, de leur marginalisation, leur signature ou leur anonymat, de leur style, ainsi que de la représentation de l’horreur et de l’extermination.
April 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old student and a brilliant violonist, begins keeping a journal. She tells with great accuracy about the noose tightening: having to wear the yellow star, the Vel d’Hiv roundup, the daily consequences of the anti-Jewish law passed by the Vichy Government.
Claude Lanzmann filmed Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto, the only “Elder of the Jews” not to have been killed during the war. A rabbi in Vienna in 1938, he fought bitterly with Adolf Eichmann, managing to help around 121,000 Jews leave the country, and preventing the liquidation of the ghetto.
A group of people who survived Auschwitz and Birkenau, return to the main extermination and concentration camp set up by the Nazis. Produced by the Union of Auschwitz Deportees-France, this DVD-Rom displays 219 sequences of testimony. Computer-generated images, based on historical documents and the actual state of the buildings, bring us closer to the reality of the camps.