Filming the End of the Holocaust

filming the endIn his new book, Filming the End of the Holocaust: Allied Documentaries, Nuremberg and the Liberation of the Concentration Camps (Bloomsbury, 2014), Professor of Fine Arts John Michalczyk tells the story of how the US Government commissioned filmmakers to document the horrors of the concentration camps during the April-May 1945 liberation and the impact those films had the Nuremberg Trials. The evidence of the Nazis’ genocidal actions amassed in the films helped to indict Nazi officials. A noted documentary filmmaker, Michalczyk provides a thorough analysis of the footage in these films– some of them made by Hollywood luminaries such as John Ford and Billy Wilder–and their historical significance. Michalczyk used research carried out at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the US National Archives and the film collection at the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University to produce a book that explores the rationale for filming the atrocities and their use in the subsequent trials of Nazi officials in greater detail than anything previously published. BC Jesuit priest Raymond Helmick, SJ offers the book’s foreword.

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