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Verdict on Auschwitz (2007) For the average, passive consumer of history, the crimes of the Nazi regime were answered at Nuremberg — case closed. Not so in Germany, where,… 2007-01-12 Unrated PT180M Documentary First Run Features
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Verdict on Auschwitz (2007)

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Verdict on Auschwitz | JUSTICE SERVED Fritz Bauer, the German Attorney General who pushed for the 1963 trial documented in Verdict on Auschwitz
JUSTICE SERVED Fritz Bauer, the German Attorney General who pushed for the 1963 trial documented in Verdict on Auschwitz
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Details Limited Release: Jan 12, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 180 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: First Run Features

For the average, passive consumer of history, the crimes of the Nazi regime were answered at Nuremberg — case closed. Not so in Germany, where, in 1963, 22 members of the SS were belatedly brought to trial for horrors perpetrated at Auschwitz. In three hours of discursive yet rivetingly essential documentary footage (an eyeblink by Holocaust doc standards), Verdict on Auschwitz not only tracks the 20-month trial but meticulously re-creates it. You feel the anguish, but also the catharsis, of a reckoning — the kind of healing a hastily gaveled hanging can't deliver.

Originally posted Jan 24, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints