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.
The actual plans of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and its crematoria were used to build the sets as historically accurate as possible. A 90 % scale reproduction of Auschwitz-Birkenau's crematoria II and III (in the film, counted as I and II) was built near the village of Giten, 45 minutes outside Sofia, Bulgaria. The result represents a fairly accurate depiction of a small part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.
SS-Oberscharfuhrer Eric Muhsfeldt:
I never fully despised the Jews until I experienced how easily they could be persuaded to do the work here. To do it so well. And to their own people! They'll be dead by week's end, every soul. And we'll replace them with others no different. Do you...
The sonderkommandos mounted the uprising in a hurry. The krematorium IV Kommando rebelled after they knew they were about to be liquidated. They used only blunt weapons and self made grenades and set the krematorium 4 on fire (only one). The rebellion wasn't planned from the start.
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