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Verdict on Auschwitz

The Frankfurt war crimes trial of 1963-'65 followed soon after the conviction of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and like him, almost all of the 22 former SS officers and kapos from the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps baldly denied any culpability. For this riveting 1993 TV documentary, Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner drew on 430 hours of courtroom audiotapes and interviewed surviving participants. Many who testified were Jews, but their stories were echoed by German dissidents and members of the Polish resistance. Their statements are chilling, though prosecutor Joachim Kugler avers that the photos and documents left behind by Nazi bureaucrats were enough to convict the accused. In German, Polish and Hebrew with subtitles. 180 min.

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