The Last Days
Within this essay I will discuss The Final Solution, the treatment of Jews, extermination and concentration camps, and experiences of survivors. In my conclusion, I will offer a brief summary, as well as positive aspects and my personal reflections.
The winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary, this powerful film traces the compelling experiences of five Hungarian survivors who fell victim to Hitler's brutal war against the Jews during the final days of World War II.
Including newly-discovered historical footage and a rare interview with a former Nazi doctor at Auschwitz, the film tells the remarkable story of five people (a grandmother, a teacher, a businessman, an artist, and a United States Congressman) as they return from the United States to their hometowns and to the ghettos and concentration camps in which they were imprisoned.
Through the eyes of the survivors and other witnesses, The Last Days recounts one of the most brutal chapters of this dark period in human history, when families were taken from their homes, stripped of their dignity, deported to concentration camps and ultimately murdered.
Above all, The Last Days is a potent depiction of personal strength and courage, and a testament to the power of the human spirit.
The Final Solution was a plan formed to get rid of the Jews from Germany. After the 1939 German invasion of Poland (the beginning of World War II), anti- Jewish policy changed into a plan to get rid of the European Jews. The Nazis first created ghettos in the Generalgouvernement (a territory in eastern Poland in which the Germans had a civil government) and the Warthegau (an area in western Poland). Polish and western Europe Jews were deported to these ghettos.
After the June 1941 German invasion of the U.S.S.R., Einsatzgruppen (Mobile...