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The Führer Gives the Jews a City (1944)

Theresienstadt (original title)
| Short, History
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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Credited cast:
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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The original film was approx. 90 min. long. Only approx. 20 minutes of some sequences, the screenplay, stils and drawings of lost scenes are available today. The complete version vanished during the end of WWII and is considered lost. Please check your attic. See more »

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One of the most horrible films I've ever seen
13 November 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this a year ago and I still lie awake thinking of it. This is how the Nazis would like you to think of concentration camps. We see the inmates engaged in ordinary work, or at a football match or concert. It looks just like a normal happy society, until you notice that here absolutely everyone is thin to the point of being skeletal. I can still remember the facial expressions of some of the inmates, though those are indescribable. I felt guilty for watching this piece of exploitation. I wonder what reward the inmates were promised for trying not to look too unhappy, a bowl of soup?


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