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Theresienstadt (1944)

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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.


Kurt Gerron, Manfred Greiffenhagen (script contributor) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Paul Eppstein Paul Eppstein ... Vorsitzender des Ältestenrates der Juden / Soziologe - Mannheim - Berlin
Karel Fischer Karel Fischer ... Dirigent
Kurt Gerron ... Regisseur - Schauspieler
Frau Görtz Frau Görtz ... Gräfin - Holland
Adolf Hitler ... Himself
Hans Krása Hans Krása ... Komponist - Prag
Alfred Meissner Alfred Meissner ... Jurist - ehem. Minister - Tschechoslowakei
Benjamin Murmelstein Benjamin Murmelstein ... Himself
Coco Schumann Coco Schumann ... Himself
Jo Spier Jo Spier ... Maler - Zeichner - Holland


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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Germany | Czechoslovakia



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Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt See more »

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After the film was finished on 28 March 1945, it was only shown 4 times before the end of WWII: In March or April 1945 one time in Prague to an exclusive audience of top SS members and then three times in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp itself to a selected audience of Swiss diplomats, Jewish leaders and/or delegates of the 'International Red Cross'. See more »


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Propaganda Movie
15 January 2002 | by budbSee all my reviews

This Movie is a bad movie of Propaganda , full with lies . It should show the lives of the jews in the KZ's - Konzentrationslagern / Concentraition-Camps ) and if you ever seen a KZ , espspecially Theresienenstadt , you would see the cruel actions of the Nazis.

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