Night and Fog
is a 1955 documentary directed by Alain Resnais
It is mortifying, for both its brutal imagery, and poetic narration, but moreso, the fact those two could seemingly live together.
Censored by the French over one shot
it only came to fruition after writer Jean Cayrol
, a camp survivor himself, agreed to write the script.
The soundtrack was by Hanns Eisler
, whose music was banned by the Nazis in 1933.
[What follows is 30 minute documentary film concerning two Nazi concentration camps. Please be warned there are some very NSFL/triggers ahead
] [more inside]
Dr. Gisella Perl was a gynecologist living in what is now Sighet, Rumania, when in 1944 she and her family were transported by the Nazis to the death camp at Auschwitz. There, she was forced to work under Joseph Mengele
in the camp hospital. After seeing the horrors and abuse
leading up to the murder of pregant women, she "decided that never again would there be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz."
Gisella Perl: Angel and Abortionist in the Auschwitz Death Camp [more inside]
The largest archive of Nazi prison camp records, which has been closed for 50 years, is going public
in May 2007. The International Tracing Service
in Bad Arolsen, Germany consists of 16 miles of files in six nondescript buildings in the German spa town and contains the fullest record of Nazi persecutions in existence. This past April
Germany finally agreed to open access to the archive
, ending a nasty diplomatic dispute
between the United States and Germany.
Remember.org is a huge archive of the Shoah.
It contains sections on the accounts of survivors and liberators
is an account by Helen L. of her childhood in Auschwitz, here
is Harry Herder's account of liberating Buchenwald, here
is Jacques Lipetz account of WWII in Manila, here
is part of a history of life in the Warsaw Ghetto), images
from the camps and pictures of artwork produced by survivors (here
then and now, here
is a picture of a prisoner at Dachau from this extensive archive of historical images
are some drawings by Jan Komski
, an Auschwitz survivor), and an extensive sections of excerpts of books written by survivors
. Many of the images and accounts on this website are quite disturbing.