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Genres Documentary     Short    
Country Soviet Union
Language English
Runtime USA:21 min
Plot This Soviet Army film of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp was awarded the Red Banner in 1945. It contains dramatic footage of the survivors and some of the atrocities perpetrated in this most notorious of camps, including captured German film of medical experiments performed on prisoners. Photography by cameramen of the First Ukrainian Front: N. Bykov, K. Kutub-Zade, A. Pavlov, A. Vorontzov. See also: The Liberation of Auschwitz 1945.... search for Auschwitz on IMDb

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Forty women escaped extermination at Poland's most notorious death camp by playing in a bizarre orchestra that entertained the Nazis and calmed prisoners on their way to the crematoriums. Eleven surviving players are interviewed in this compelling 102-minute documentary that inspired the Emmy-winning television drama Playing for Time, starring Vanessa Redgrave. There is French vocalist, Violette, who describes the privileges of being an orchestra member: larger portions of bread, daily showers versus monthly-- and the possibility of avoiding execution. Or there's Greek Yvette, relocated to the United States, who saw her own parents marched to the ovens as she played piano. Some of the women choose to focus on the music, others on their personal accounts of atrocity. Director Michel Daeron takes care to show each in their current homes and environments, supplementing with old photos. Most devastating are the film's final 22 minutes in which former orchestra members Helena and Zocha walk the fields of the camp, passing the still-standing buildings and finding the ruins of their old barracks. It is there, in the place where it happened, that the women's tales of powerlessness--of playing music while children were taken from their mothers' arms and sent to certain death--are most resonant. --Kimberly Heinrichs
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