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Other titles:AUSCHWITZ : a cine-document of the monstrous crimes committed by the German government in Auschwitz [Alternative Title]
Summary: (Mute print only of) a picture of the atrocities revealed at the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.
Description: Camp inmates in snow beside camp fence; general views of the buildings of the camp and the nearby industrial complex; architects plans of camp buildings (crematoria etc); the main gateway ("Arbeit macht Frei"); the machinery for electrifying the barbed wire; the overcrowded interior of a woman's hut; dead bodies in the camp; survivors, including a long column of children (twins), are escorted or carried away; prisoners, including children, show their tattooed numbers; the gas chambers and crematoria, and their equipment; Russian soldiers take prisoners' evidence; a long sequence illustrates the Nazis' despoliation of the dead (soldiers show warehouses full of human hair, dentures, spectacles, clothing including infants' shoes, hair- and shaving-brushes, suitcases); a proper mass funeral is conducted for several dead; Army doctors examine prisoners. Contrasting pages of family snaps from a photograph album (the commandant's ?) are occasionally inserted. Film closes with stills of 2 SS Commandants, and titles giving joint pledge of retribution on criminals by Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt.
Production Details: Central Studio for Documentary Films (Order of the Red Banner) (Production company)
Oshurkov, M (Production individual)
Bikov, N (Production individual)
Kutub-Zadye, K (Production individual)
Pavlov, A (Production individual)
Vorontsov, A (Production individual)
1st Ukrainian Front (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Red Army (regiment/service)
German SS (regiment/service)
Keywords: casualties, International dead - civilian: [abuse] (object name)
ceremonies, Russian - event-related: mass funeral (object name)
law and order, German - detention: concentration camp (object name)
medical, Russian military - emergency (object name)
Oświęcim, Lesser Poland, Poland (geography)