Inheritance

Documentary about Monika Hertwig, daughter of notorious Plaszow concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth, and her meeting with Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, Holocaust survivor and Goeth’s former maid, in a search to learn more about her father.

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Drone Footage of Auschwitz


To mark the 70th anniversary since Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet soldiers a drone video was taken that shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

Introducing Schindler

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If you would like to read some reviews of Schindler’s List go to Rotten Tomatoes. I have made some links below.

Here is an introduction to the film from Mark Deming:

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis’ rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who’ve been herded into Krakow’s ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow’s Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler has lost his entire fortune – and saved 1,100 people from likely death. Schindler’s List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and a long-coveted Best Director for Spielberg, and it quickly gained praise as one of the finest American movies about the Holocaust.

Seattle Times

The Guardian

Total Film

‘Schindler’s List’ – 20th Anniversary Of Steven Spielberg’s Masterpiece – Plus, How Does Krakow Remember?

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It has been 20 years since Steven Spielberg brought ‘Schindler’s List’ to the screen, and the ‘children’s director’ proved that, not only was he very grown up, but could be trusted with the legacy of one of the world’s greatest human tragedies, as well as some singular heroism.

To mark the anniversary, his seven Oscar-winning epic about the real-life efforts of one man to stem Nazi atrocity in Austria and personally save thousands of lives has been re-mastered for fresh DVD release in high definition, with Spielberg personally supervising the meticulous reconstruction from the original film reel.

Read more at The Huffington Post.