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DVD D 805.5 A96 R43 (COL)


Auschwitz : the Nazis and the final solution

Main Title: Auschwitz [videorecording] : the Nazis and the final solution / BBC / KCET Hollywood Co-production ; writer/producer, Lawrence Rees ; documentary directors, Dominic Sutherland and Martina Balazora ; drama director Detlef Siebert

Published/Created: London : BBC Worldwide Limited, c2005

Description: 3 video discs in 3 can (DVD) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in., 2 titles in 1 disc

Local Call No: DVD D 805.5 A96 R43

Part 1. Surprising beginnings -- Part 2. Orders and initiatives -- disc. 2. Part 3. Factories of death -- Part 4. Corruption -- disc 3. Part 5. Frenzied killing -- Part 6. Liberation and revenge

Summary: Part 1. Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi German extermination camps, along with a number of concentration camps, comprising three main campus and 40 to 50 sub-camps. The name Auschwitz is the German name for the neaby town of O_wi_cim, situated about 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Krakow in southern Poland. The camp at Auschwitz originally housed political prisoners from occupied Poland and from concerntration camps within Germany. The Auschwitz camps were a major element in the perpetration of the Holocaust; at least 1.1 million people were killed there, of whom over 90% were Jews
Summary: Part 2. Auschwitz: orders & initiatives: Auschwitz I served as the adminstrative center for the whole complex. It was founded on the basis of an old Polish brick army barracks. A group of 728 Polish political prisoners from Tamow became the first residents of Auschwitz. The camp was initially used for interning Polish intellectuals and resistance movement members, then also for Soviet Prisoners of War. Common German criminals, "anri-social elements" and 48 German homosexuals were also imprisoned there. Jews were sent to the camp as well, beginning with the very first shipment (from Tamow). At any time, the camp held between 13,000 and 16,000 inmates; in 1942 the number reached 20,000
Summary: Part 3. At Auschwitz, children were often killed upon arrival. Children born in the camp were generally killed on the spot. Near the end of the war, in order to cut expenses and save gas, cost-accountant considerations let to an order to place living children directly into the ovens or throw into open burning pits
Summary: Part 4. At the Auschwitz camp, a large amount of wealth was stolen from the Jews. The Goldjuden or Jews of gold were in charge of handling the money, gold, stocks, and jewelry. The subjected the prisoners to an intimate seach just before the gas chambers. Jewish women had relationships with SS guards to save their life. So called camp doctors, especially the notorious Josef Mengele, would torture and inflict incredible suffering on Jewish children, Gypsy children and many others. Patients were put into pressure chambers, tested with drugs, castrated, frozen to death, and exposed to various other traumas. Josef Mengele did a number of twin studies, and these twins were usually murdered after the experiment was over and their bodies dissected. In the case of the twins, he drew sketches of each twin, for comparison. Mengele was almost fanatical about drawing blood from twins, mostly identical twins. Only a few survived..
Summary: Part 5. Prisoners were transported from all over Nazi-occupied Europe bby all, arriving at Auschwitz in daily convoys. Arrivals at the complex were separeted into three groups. One group, about three-quaters of the total, went to the gas chambers within a few hours; they included all children, all women with children, all the elderly, and all those who appeared on brief and superficial inspection by an SS doctor not to be fully fit. These people were sent to the Birkenau camp, some three kilometers from Auschwitz I, where more than 20,000 people could be gassed and cremated each day. At Birkenau, the Nazis used a cyanide gas called Zyklon-B, which was manufactured by a pest-control company. A second group of prisoners were used as slave labor at industrial factories for such companies as I.G. Farben and Krupp. Of these about 340,000 perished through executions, beatings, starvation, and sickness
Summary: Part 6. Toward the end of World War II in 1944, as the United States, Britain, and Canada moved in on the concentration camps from the west, the Soviet Union was advancing from the east. The Germans decided to abandon the camps, moving or destroying evidence of the atrocities they had committed here. The gas chambers of Birkenau were blown up by the Germans in November 1944 in an attempt to hide their crimes from the advancing Soviet troops. On January 17, 1945 Nazi personnel strated to evacuate the facility; most of the prisoners were marched West. Those too weak or sick to walk were left behind; about 7,500 prisoners were liberated by the 322nd infantry unit of the Red Army on January 27, 1945

Subject: Auschwitz (Concentration camps) -- History.
Subject: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter - Partei -- History.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Subject: National socialism.
Subject: Holocaust survivors -- Interviews.
Subject: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives.
Subject: Documentary television Programs.
Subject: Germany -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.

videorecording DVD 285 min.
3 video discs in 3 can (DVD) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in., 2 titles in 1 disc.
©2005,  2005, BBC , London
Distributed by BBC
AV Material ID 1000010024
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