R | | Drama, War
A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.
Claude Lanzmann, the acclaimed director of Shoah (1985) and other documentaries about the Holocaust, praised the film. Speaking to The New York Times, he said, "It's a film that gives a very real sense of what it was like to be in the Sonderkommando. It's not at all melodramatic. It's done with a very great modesty."
Who's this boy?
Saul Ausländer: My son.
Abraham Warszawski: But you have no son.
Saul Ausländer: I do. I have to bury him.
Abraham Warszawski: You don't need a rabbi for that.
Saul Ausländer: At least he'll do what's right.
The short text at the beginning says, that the members of the 'Sonderkommando' were killed after 3 months, but this is a simplification of the more complicated history. While it's correct that these men were supposed to be killed and replaced after a few months, in some cases they were killed much earlier and in other rare cases they could survive for over 2 years, like Filip Müller. This depended mostly on the skills of the individual 'Sonderkommando' slave worker, who was sometimes needed by the SS to train the new 'Sonderkommando' members, but also on pure coincidence and luck.
Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian, Polish, French, Greek, Slovak, Hebrew
$37,930 20 December 2015