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In an impassioned message from the grave, one concentration camp Liberator forces us to remember the horror humanity is capable of. Utilizing actual photos from the Buchenwald concentration... See full summary »

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In an impassioned message from the grave, one concentration camp Liberator forces us to remember the horror humanity is capable of. Utilizing actual photos from the Buchenwald concentration camp, and a soulful performance by Harrison Young, Inheritance is a gut-wrenching experience that not only informs, but puts the burden of defending humanity squarely on the viewer. Written by Anonymous

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8 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Exceptionally well done--this one will set the tear ducts flowing
6 March 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While there have been many films about the Holocaust over the years, this short film managed to be just a bit different. Plus, it managed to have as much impact in ten minutes as many longer and more widely known films.

A WWII vet has just passed away and he left a letter for his grandson. Along with the letter are horrific photos of the victims of a Nazi concentration camp. The letter explains how although the grandfather had been there at its liberation, he'd always kept the photos to himself. Now he wanted to share them with the next generations because he felt a sense of guilt for not publicly announcing the truth about just how horrible it truly was. The letter is a charge to the young man to spread the word.

The film is a dramatization of real events mixed with a little fiction according to the web site for INHERITANCE. The writer/director Paul Cuoco actually found a box of photos his own grandfather had taken with the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, though unlike the film the man did not leave them with a letter like he did in the film.

The film is brilliant. The structure and style of the film allowed for a fresh look at an old problem. Through the use of photos, exceptional narration and clever lighting, the film packs a HUGE emotional impact. Have a Kleenex nearby--there's a very good chance you'll need it.


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