R | | Drama, History, War
A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkommando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.
This was the first feature film about the "Sonderkommando" at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The acclaimed Hungarian-language feature film Son of Saul (2015) became the second one. While both films dealt with the same historical events, including the revolt on October 7, 1944, they are told from different perspectives, in different styles, and highlight different themes. The Hungarian film also characterized the "Sonderkommando" less ambiguous. Both films are based in part on doctor Miklos Nyiszli's "Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account", but Son of Saul (2015) used additional historical accounts, especially "The Scrolls of Auschwitz", a.k.a. "Voices from beneath the Ashes" (edited by Ber Mark), a collection of secretly written and hidden testimonies by members of the "Sonderkommando".
SS-Oberscharfuhrer Eric Muhsfeldt:
I feel sorry for the world if we don't win the war.
The film features the historical Sonderkommando revolt of 7th October 1944. After multiple plans for an uprising had failed in the past for different reasons, the Sonderkommando finally mounted the uprising in a hurry, not as carefully planned as shown in the film. The crematoria IV Sonderkommando members suddenly rebelled after they knew they were about to be liquidated. They had no guns and used only blunt weapons and self made grenades and only set the crematoria IV on fire. Expert Andreas Kilian criticized the representation of the revolt in this film as "exaggerated" in a 2014 article. The cinematic depiction in Son of Saul (2015) is the most accurate yet.
$24,526 20 October 2002
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