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Theresienstadt (1944)

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



Also Known As:

Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unlike other German WWII propaganda films, this so-called 'documentary' was never intended for release in Nazi Germany, because its 'humane' representation of Jews was too different. The plan was to show it to foreign leaders, deceive them, and then distribute it outside of Nazi Germany, but this didn't happen anymore. See more »


Referenced in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) See more »

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Agonizingly shocking
4 June 2008 | by eugenep13See 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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