Nazi propaganda film depicting the notorious Theresienstadt concentration camp as a sort of idyllic rest stop, in an attempt to convince world opinion that there was no such thing as Nazi death camps.

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Paul Eppstein ...
Vorsitzender des Ältestenrates der Juden / Soziologe - Mannheim - Berlin
Karel Fischer ...
Dirigent
Kurt Gerron ...
Regisseur - Schauspieler
Frau Görtz ...
Gräfin - Holland
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Himself
Hans Krása ...
Komponist - Prag
Alfred Meissner ...
Jurist - ehem. Minister - Tschechoslowakei
Benjamin Murmelstein ...
Himself
Coco Schumann ...
Himself
Jo Spier ...
Maler - Zeichner - Holland
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This is the only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany's Ministry of Propaganda produced this 1944 film about Theresienstadt, the "model" ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin, a town in the former Czechoslovakia. Joseph Goebbels intended to use the film to prove to the International Red Cross and the world that Jews were being well-treated in the camps. The film, however, is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life. Upon completion, the director and most of the cast of prisoners were shipped to Auschwitz. Only a few survived to attest to the falsity of the film. Includes study guide. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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This film is not a 'documentary' or any form of reality-based representation of Theresienstadt under Nazi rule in WWII. It is a state-financed propaganda film, that the Nazis wanted to use to deceive the international public about the fate of the Jews. Actually, the term 'documentary' was introduced by the Nazis themselves, as part of the deception strategy. In the same way Theresienstadt was called a "Ghetto", but in fact it was a concentration camp and a transit camp to the extermination camps. The film is completely staged and was supervised and controlled by the Nazis, therefore it is difficult to name a single person as the 'director' in this context. See more »

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Agonizingly shocking
4 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has all been said already about this "film". I barely can add anything new.. But...who on Earth would rate it more than 1? I completely fail to understand a reason.

I would've given it 0 if I had a chance but unfortunately I don't. And the rating is 5.2 at the moment of this writing...

What's wrong with people?

Grading it anything more than the lowest possible score certainly serves great injustice to Kurt Gerron and everyone who had fallen a victim of the Nazi's regime.

It was not just another propaganda movie but a death sentence, a mass murder, if I may say....

I wish everyone remembered it......


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