Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Trial 1963-1965 (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Using audiotapes from the Auschwitz Trail, intermixed with archival footage and photographs, Verdict on Auschwitz is an illuminating historical document and a damning indictment of the people who perpetuated those horrors.

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Filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wager draw on over 430 hours of original audiotapes to present an unparalleled look at the investigation, trial procedures, and verdict of one of the most important court cases in German history. Over the course of twenty grueling months, the German court would hear the testimonies of 360 witnesses from nineteen countries (including 211 Auschwitz survivors), against twenty-two people who stood accused of orchestrating one of the largest acts of genocide in recorded human history. With survivors of Auschwitz confronting perpetrators they hadn't seen in two decades and nearly two years of testimonies, this historic trial is sure to appeal to law scholars and history scholars alike.

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The filmmakers want to cover all aspects of the individuals involved and the film sometimes digresses into side cases. Yet, as history goes, it is hard to present such an important event without showing the monumental evidence.

Apr 13, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

This exceptional film shows us the lower-echelon henchmen, the ones who enabled the master-racists.

Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] scrupulous, haunting and necessary documentary.

Feb 8, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

Valuable and instructive as it is, Verdict on Auschwitz can sometimes be so focused on the details it fails to show us the forest for the trees.

Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

... filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner provide a deconstruction of the mechanics of life at Auschwitz so exhaustive, it would make Claude Lanzmann proud.

Jan 25, 2007

Verdict on Auschwitz not only tracks the 20-month trial but meticulously re-creates it.

Jan 25, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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