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Verdict on Auschwitz The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963 1965 (Documentary/DEFA/First Run)


Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C- Films: B+



The Rolf Bickel/Dietrich Wagner documentary Verdict on Auschwitz The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963 1965 is a detailed, powerful, thorough look at the somewhat late trials of Hitler SS members and pulls no punches about their genocide and crime against humanity in ways that do not assume most people know the details. Using archival footage, documents and stills, one of the strongest pieces about how Auschwitz was and why it was one of the worst camps of all.


The three parts run about three hours, going through all kinds of reconstruction of the facts and even offering models of how certain death cambers worked. We have seen many pieces on the Holocaust and on Auschwitz in particular, but the painstaking long-way journey this one takes makes it one of the most vital, which is not easy since the nightmare stories of ugly inhumanity seem endless. It is so good, it is one of the must see programs, but know the content can be harrowing and not for the faint of heart.


The 1.33 X 1 image on all three segments is a little softer than we would like for film footage and is likely older film-to-PAL masters now made into NTSC MPEG-2 for DVD. Fortunately, the original film sources are in good shape. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is barley stereo and suggests second-generation original like the image, but the combination is just far too compelling not to watch. The only extra is text on the filmmakers in bio/filmography form.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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