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Nazi Concentration Camps / Nuremburg Trials

The mother of all horror films, shown at the Nuremburg trials.

Nazi Concentration Camps / Nuremburg Trials

Two features: A horrifying exploration of Nazi death camps and the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Göring and twenty other Nazi leaders.

This will not be the slick, polished documentary you might be expecting. It is very crude, containing much of the actual footage that Eisenhower ordered to be filmed by members of the US Army Signal Corps of camps as they were liberated and is presented much the way the footage was presented at the Nuremberg trials. Expect nothing more.

For a slick, polished version that incorporates much of the original footage into powerful documentary, check out Frontline - Memory of the Camps from PBS Home Video.

From some of the Amazon reviews...

Perhaps it is just as well that this is grainy and sometimes out of focus, because the scenes are so horrifying. The documentary was made by the U.S. Government as an overview of what American soldiers found when they liberated Nazi concentration camps. It would have been extremely difficult to fake any of the scenes.

I've talked with soldiers who were there, who took pictures and listened to the pleas of the living. They also smelled the camps, and that cannot be conveyed in this grainy DVD. Still, it is bad enough.

This is not a comprehensive or in-depth depiction, but it is as much as I can stand to watch. How anyone could deny that the Holocaust happened boggles the mind.

WWII Propaganda Films...

The dictionary defines propaganda as a derogatory term for information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. While the term has acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most extreme examples, such as Nazi propaganda used to justify the Holocaust, propaganda in its original sense was neutral, and could refer to uses that were generally positive, such as public health recommendations, signs encouraging citizens to participate in a census or election, or messages encouraging persons to report crimes to law enforcement, among others.

Propaganda can be classified as either white, gray or black. White propaganda openly discloses its source. Gray propaganda is ambiguous or non-disclosed. Black propaganda purports to be published by the enemy or someone besides its actual origins. All three were employed during World War II and can be rather easily identified. In Spanish and Portuguese languages, the word propaganda simply refers to the most common form of persuasion and manipulation -- advertising -- which carries no particular connotation per se.

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