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In spite of its shortcomings, Destination Unknown has a cumulative power in upholding people who survived by believing in life and love.
An accomplished and heartrending documentary comprised of testimony from men and women who made it out of the Nazis' concentration camps, or avoided them altogether by hiding from capture.
Yes, there have been countless Holocaust-themed documentaries released in recent years. But Destination Unknown represents a worthy addition to the canon if only for its historical importance.
A vivid portrait of genocide put into practice, and its everlasting effects on the living.
Their stories, intercut with archival footage over a brisk and frequently harrowing 81 minutes, build to a pitch of horror and sadness that eventually allows for a note or two of hope to sound.
What comes through is the clarity, not just of the survivors' memories but of their rage.
In some ways, it acts as a corrective to more simplistic films that present Holocaust narratives as a triumph over adversity. Some of survivors steadfastly embrace life as a means of countering the darkness, but others have never truly escaped the terror.
Who better to discuss the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps than those who had been imprisoned there?
Despite its limitations, Destination Unknown should find an audience among Holocaust fetishists, and it's a terrific teaching tool in the classroom.
Harrowing stories of Holocaust survivors.
A good addition to the existing collection of films on the Shoah.
Claire Ferguson's movie is not only powerful, but usefully varied in its range of tales.
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