We present Auschwitz Documentary’s below so you can get to know with Concentration Camp history better.
The former Nazi Concentration Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau you may visit today is a sorrowful monument to the mass genocide of minorities that were deemed unwanted by the regime of the Third Reich. Being the largest among the 1,634 concentration camps established in Europe between 1933 and 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp operated between 1940 and 1945, until its liberation by the Soviet units advancing westwards to reach Berlin. Nearly 1,1 million Auschwitz inmates were killed inside the infamous facilities of this factory of death, such as its somberly efficient gas chambers. The location of the camp – laid out in Nazi-occupied Poland, where the largest number of Jewish citizens would live during the interwar period – was chosen to facilitate the process of implementing „the Final Solution to the Jewish Question”.
At the same time, the number of victims the doctrine took the lives of is still regarded as not exact – many victims of Holocaust would be exterminated straight upon coming, with no full records kept on precisely how many of them were transported to the camp, or some of it destroyed. The mass genocide of Jews and other European minorities on such a scale was hard to believe for many outsiders informed of the Auschwitz horrors by the Polish espionage structures. Throughout the years to come, Auschwitz Concentration Camp became the subject of a number of documentary films that let us discover what unspeakable things happened behind the „Arbeit macht frei” gate. See the 8 most complex documentaries on Auschwitz that reveal the sober truth of one of the longest-kept secrets of the Nazis: Holocaust.
1. BBC Auschwitz Documentary: The Nazis and the Final Solution
This six-episode of Auschwitz documentary film was first aired in 2005 by one of the channels that are respected for the quality of their productions devoted to real events. Due to its length and excellent introduction into the background of Holocaust, the documentary sufficiently covers the subject of Shoah having occured in Auschwitz, and does it with a few points of view presented. „BBC Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution” contains rare footages of the camp (also in colour), computer-generated reconstructed models of the destroyed facilities of Auschwitz, the re-enactments of core events and meetings related to the history of the camp, as well as numerous interviews of Auschwitz survivors and… staff. The documentary is much recommended for having encompassed the entirety of essential facts on Auschwitz – starting from its concept coming into life and ending much after the camp was liberated.
2. One Day in Auschwitz
A short yet moving documentary on Auschwitz where the collective tragedy of Shoah is presented from the individual perspective of one of Auschwitz survivors. Kitty Hart-Moxon was imprisoned in Auschwitz at the age of 16 – in 2015, she returned to the site with two teenage girls in order to tell them what she has gone through inside the camp. Her memories, as complemented by photographs and footages, give a really shocking insight into the inhuman conditions Auschwitz prisoners were kept in, only a fraction of them given a chance to survive.
3. Science and the Swastika: The Deadly Experiment
One of the four episodes of a documentary series aired in 2001, mostly devoted to the inhuman „medical” experiments carried out by Joseph Mengele on the prisoners of Auschwitz. The sick interest this „Doctor of Death” had in the phenomenon of starvation, twin pregnancies and attempts to change the physical features of his patients into the Nordic-like ones were what he was given the total freedom of developing inside the camp. With no external supervision of such institutions as the Red Cross, many young inmates of Auschwitz fell victims to the pointless, but very cruel research carried out behind the barbed wire. You may hear some of the survivors giving their account of what happened to them at the medical facilities of Auschwitz in the course of this 45-minute documentary.
4. The Auschwitz Albums
This documentary shot by National Geographic is devoted to some of the most extensive visual evidence recorded at the camp, covering the process an Auschwitz inmate was subject to between their arrival and death there. Most of the photos were taken between May and June 1944, depicting the deadly procedures implemented in Auschwitz from the perspective of their assumed authors: the SS-men Ernst Hoffman and Bernhardt Walter. These two members of Auschwitz staff were assigned the task of taking the ID pictures of arrived prisoners, also using their cameras to capture the surprisingly light lives of the rest of their murderous companions.
5. Anne Frank’s Holocaust Documentary
Nearly 90 minutes of this documentary Auschwitz film let us gain insight into one of the most widely recognised stories of the child inmates of Holocaust. Anne Frank became a symbol of the underage victims of Shoah, most of whom did not survive the camps they had been placed into. Before her death in Bergen-Belsen in Germany, the authoress of famous diaries and her family would be transported to Auschwitz shortly before the camp was liberated. Bergen-Belsen was the last place where Anne Frank and her father were moved at before the girl died, with her health condition adversely affected by the harsh reality of Auschwitz.
6. Auschwitz – the Forgotten Evidence
This 2-hour documentary film shot by the History Channel is an attempt to answer the question of why the Allies would ignore the reports of Auschwitz concentration camp provided by the Polish underground units for nearly 4 years since the camp had been created. Was it because those reports were regarded as unbelievable or maybe the Allied forces did not see the slightest chance to help the imprisoned ones in any way at the time? The film shows when and how the awareness of Auschwitz appeared in the public opinion outside of the Nazi-occupied countries.
7. The Liberation of Auschwitz
This 1985-compiled film was released to be shown during the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. The often disturbing footage recorded on and after January 27, 1945 has been interspersed with an interview with the cameraman who made the original recording while accompanying the Red Army on that day: Alexander Vorontsov. The images to be seen show the first moments of freedom the inmates of Auschwitz could enjoy after a long time, having been deprived of food, human rights and dignity by the Nazis. These are the original images that have later been included in a number of successive documentary films on Auschwitz and Holocaust.
8. Uciekinier (Escapee)
Auschwitz was a heavily guarded camp. Additionally, the shortage of food or clothes its prisoners had to suffer from did not make any large-scale rebellions or escapes possible. At the same time, some incredible stories of people who managed to free themselves from Auschwitz happened there – this is one of them. In June of 1942, 23-year-old Kazimierz Piechowski and three of his companions broke into a warehouse at the camp to steal some SS uniforms from there. They left through main gate of camp in a Steyr 220 car, speaking German to convince the staff they were real Nazi officers. This inspiring subtitled documentary shows that the will of survival is often strong enough to make the most unbelievable plans come true.