The Last Days (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, War  |  15 July 1999 (Australia)
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Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Bill Basch ...
Himself - Holocaust Survivor
Martin Basch ...
Himself - Son
Randolph Braham ...
Himself - Historian and Holocaust Survivor (as Dr. Randolph Braham)
Alice Lok Cahana ...
Herself - Holocaust Survivor
Michael Cahana ...
Himself - Son
Warren Dunn ...
Himself - US Army, Dachau
Bernard Firestone ...
Himself - Husband
Renee Firestone ...
Herself - Holocaust Survivor (as Renée Firestone)
Dario Gabbai ...
Himself - Sonderkommando, Birkenau
Tom Lantos ...
Himself - Holocaust Survivor
Katsugo Miho ...
Himself - US Army, Dachau
Hans Münch ...
Himself - Nazi Doctor, Auschwitz (as Dr. Hans Münch)
Paul Parks ...
Himself - US Army, Dachau (as Dr. Paul Parks)
Irene Zisblatt ...
Herself - Holocaust Survivor
Robin Zisblatt ...
Herself - Daughter


Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood homes more than 50 years later. An historian, a Sonderkommando, a doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, and US soldiers who were part of the liberation in April, 1945, also comment. Most telling are details: Renée packing her bathing suit, Irene swallowing the diamonds her mother gave her to buy bread, Alice's memorial for her sister Klara, Bill escaping police by jumping into a line of Jews going to Buchenwald, and Tom told by a US soldier to have "all the damn bananas and oranges you can eat." Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for graphic images and descriptions of Holocaust atrocities | See all certifications »


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15 July 1999 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó napok  »

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$20,492 (USA) (5 February 1999)


$419,762 (USA) (23 April 1999)

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[first lines]
Bill Basch: There is one thing that has troubled me and has troubled the world, that the Germans dedicated man-power and trains and trucks and energy toward the destruction of the Jews to the last day. Had they stopped 6 months before the end of the war and dedicated that energy towards strengthening themselves, they may have carried on the war in London, but it was more important to them to kill the Jew than in winning the war.
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perfect companion to Schindler's list
9 October 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is the perfect companion to Schindler's list. Produced by Spielberg, this documentary tells about five Hungarian survivors of the death camps of Hungary and Auschwitz. There are also interviews with a Nazi doctor who used to perform experiments on Jewish children, like trying to change the color of their eyes. The scenes are unforgettable. Many new atrocities of the Nazis are brought to light. There are many tear inducing scenes in the documentary. This got the Academy Award for the best documentary of 1998. I highly recommend this for those who are eager to know more about the Holocaust and for those who want to see the extent of evil which man inflicts on another man. 4 out of 5 for this spellbinder.

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