In 1954, in a forgotten forrest bunker, thousands of hidden archives of the infamous Nazi propaganda were discovered. It would be years before an unfinished documentary film would be seen by the public.
Filmed over several months in 1942 at the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland, only a year before the later failed rebellion. It’s regarded as one of the most prolific pieces of evidence in how calculated the Nazi annihilation plans were toward Jewish people, and eventually, many, many others. It was orchestrated by the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, headed by Joseph Goebbels, well known in his early days for orchestrating book burnings.
This is one of the most haunting films I’ve ever seen on Hitler’s Holocaust. Combined with the original film are readings from personal journals and Nazi records, the interrogation of one of the film’s several cameramen (well reenacted,) and a screening, watched by individual survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto. The level of manipulation is self-evident, incredibly disturbing, and a stark reminder of the power political propaganda holds.
Given an ‘R’ rating by the MPAA (completely unwarranted, and typical) this is a documentary that exposes a larger part of how the Holocaust was orchestrated. No better example exists of how long national lies can be sustained and furthered, and how so many will chose to blindly accept them as truth.