Inside the Nazi State

DVD - 2005
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"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label.
Publisher: London : BBC Video Ltd. ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2005
ISBN: 9780790715513
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.53 AU
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 300 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Inside the Nazi state


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Sep 04, 2019

Detailed account of the building and running of Auschwitz. Great DVD to learn from.

Jan 02, 2017

This is a 2-DISC 6-episode 300-minute documentary about the detailed history of the Auschwitz consentration and extermination camp written and produced by Laurence Rees in 2005.
It is one of the most extensive accounts of the killing factory of the Third Reich.
Rudolf Höss (1901–1947) was SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) and the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II.
He tested and carried into effect various methods to accelerate Hitler's plan to systematically exterminate the Jewish population of Nazi-occupied Europe, known as the Final Solution.
Höss introduced pesticide Zyklon B containing hydrogen cyanide to the killing process, thereby allowing soldiers at Auschwitz to murder 2,000 people every hour.
He created the largest installation for the continuous annihilation of human beings ever known.
Don't get confused with Rudolf Hess (1894–1987), who was a prominent politician in Nazi Germany and Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler.
Surprisingly enough there existed a brothel in Auschwitz NOT for the SS but for specially selected inmates.
What kind of prisoners are they?
It is an amazing, heart-breaking and thought-provoking documentary.

Feb 29, 2016

Fascinating non-exploitive account of the Auschwitz camp with nods to Bergen-Belsen and Treblinka. Narrated most competently by Linda Hunt it brings to life the horror and twisted truths all the while remaining focused on each discovery and each fact. Really a must-see. Here's just one of the small details that surprised me: the sorting area of the camp for the personal belongings of inmates was known as Canada. Highly recommended.

Jan 17, 2012

Excellent account of the story of the camp. Very well made, touching and haunting. Explores many aspects which many people may not be familiar with, including the origins of the camp and the lives of the SS guards and staff. Uses computer generated images of the buildings and crematoria to great effect.
An excellent visual companion to "Auschwitz: 1270 to the present" by Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt. Van Pelt is a professor at the universities of Waterloo and Toronto and is a prominent Holocaust expert.


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