This is a story of 4 times. First, the 1940s, when the crimes at Auschwtitz occurred; second the early 1960s, when the German authorities achieved enough distance to try some of the officials who perpetrated the crimes; third 1993, when several German documentary filmmakers got access to the video and audio of the trials, and made a 3-hour TV documentary; and fourth 2006, when the documentary was given a wide release in the U.S., courtesy of First Run Features.
The documentary addresses on the banality of the evil at Auschwitz (the trials in Germany occurred just a few years after the Germans tipped off the Israelis on where to get Eichmann; the film states that the German authorities did not believe that Germany had yet separated itself enough from the Nazi era to try Eichmann in 1961). But also there is great footage of the lawyers and investigators who tried to put together the first German case against a few of the perpetrators of genocide, living openly in their midst in the Germany of the 1960s. The great interest is seeing how a new Germany emerged enough to publicly turn against its Nazi heritage, at least enough to try some of the functionaries of its industrial mass murder during WWII.