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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

John on April 10, 2007 at 1:02 am

I’ve been watching the documentary, which I believe is six hours spread over three nights. It’s very well done and gives tremendously detailed insight into the rise of Auschwitz itself, but also the events which led to it becoming the site of the greatest mass murder in history.

At times it’s painful to watch. Along with some well-handled reenactments of Nazi meetings (all of them backed up with documentary evidence), there are film snippets of the events themselves, some 60 years ago. I was surprised to learn the extent that Nazi genocide followed gradually from the acceptance of euthanasia by the German intelligentsia. It was doctors, not barbarians, who legitimized many of the methods which were later made more efficient (a horrible thought in this context) at Auschwitz.

I can’t say much for the Q and A segments (about 15 minutes each) which follow each hour. Frankly, they seem like an exercise in deflecting possible criticism of the show. They certainly don’t add much. But the show itself is well worth watching. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but very educational.

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