Summer of 1945. A temporary orphanage is established in an abandoned palace surrounded by forests for the eight children liberated from the Gross-Rosen camp. Hanka, also a former inmate, becomes their guardian. After the atrocities of the camp, the protagonists slowly begin to regain what is left of their childhood but the horror returns quickly. Camp Alsatians roam the forests around. Released by the SS earlier on, they have gone feral and are starving. Looking for food they besiege the palace. The children are terrified and their camp survival instinct is triggered.Written by
Regarding Gross-Rosen, as mentioned in this film: KZ [Concentration camp] Gross-Rosen [now modern day Rogoznica, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland] concentration camp was functional by the summer of 1940 until 14th February 1945, with an estimated 40,000 captives losing their lives there. KZ Gross-Rosen [German name: Konzentrationslager Groß-Rosen], too, had the slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" ["Work sets you free" or "Work makes one free"] at its entrance. See more »
If ever a film demonstrated man's inhumanity to man, this has to be up there. Here we have a few half starved kids so terrified of their Nazi guards that they perform automatic, humiliating tasks just to get through each day. You get the distinct impression that they have never known any other kind of life. Once their camp has been liberated and they are effectively abandoned, they take a chance to bond together in a derelict country house for survival and turn into quite an effective group against a clear and natural animal enemy that is now just as deprived of freedom (and food) and many of them. There is certainly some gore, but it seems appropriately inflicted on the deserving. The title is slightly misleading, I thought. There is nothing supernatural about the "horror" here - it's as plain as the nose on your face. Certainly worth seeing on a big screen.
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