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Fotoamator (1998)

The historic discovery of more than 400 photos from the Lódz Ghetto, taken by the Ghetto accountant Walter Genewain, help trace the wartime existence of the local Jewish community.

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Dariusz Jablonski
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arnold Mostowicz Arnold Mostowicz ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jürgen Andreas Jürgen Andreas ... Reader (voice)
Hans Bitow Hans Bitow ... Himself (archive footage)
Artur Brauner ... (voice)
Jürgen Franz Jürgen Franz ... Reader (voice)
Walter Genewein Walter Genewein ... Himself (archive footage)
Norbert Langer Norbert Langer ... Reader (voice)
Peter Matic Peter Matic ... Reader (voice)
Chaim Mordechaj Rumkowski Chaim Mordechaj Rumkowski ... Himself (archive footage)
Szymon Szurmiej ... Reader (voice)
Helmut Weestmann Helmut Weestmann ... (voice)
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The historic discovery of more than 400 photos from the Lódz Ghetto, taken by the Ghetto accountant Walter Genewain, help trace the wartime existence of the local Jewish community.

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photography | ghetto | nazi | holocaust | See All (4) »

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Poland | France | Germany

Language:

German | Polish | Yiddish

Release Date:

May 1998 (Poland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland

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Great Documentar Depicting The Banality Of Evil
10 June 2013 | by venusboys3See all my reviews

I saw this documentary about the Lodz ghetto several years ago and never forgot it. The film is mostly still photographs that were shot by the chief accountant at the ghetto. He shot the amateur photos with a camera he confiscated off of a Jewish resident. Juxtaposed against these photos of the daily life in the ghetto are an interview with the (Polish?) doctor who was assigned there as well as copious notes kept by the accountant. What is striking about this film is the character of the accountant/photographer and his German cronies that comes out between these photos, taken calmly and seemingly with no emotion towards what they depict, and his notes... which are detailed to the point of noting the praise for a German soldier who uses only one bullet to kill a young boy caught stealing an apple. The demeanor of the accountant/photographer as it come out through his official and unofficial notes is quite chilling.


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