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Memorandum

1965 58 min
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This documentary follows a Holocaust survivor in 1965 on an emotional pilgrimage to Bergen Belsen, the last of 11 concentration camps where he was held by the Nazis. He and 30 other former Jewish inmates travel through the new Germany. Scenes still vivid in his mind are recalled in flashback. The memorandum of the title refers to Hitler's memo offering a "final solution" to the "Jewish problem."

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This documentary follows a Holocaust survivor in 1965 on an emotional pilgrimage to Bergen Belsen, the last of 11 concentration camps where he was held by the Nazis. He and 30 other former Jewish inmates travel through the new Germany. Scenes still vivid in his mind are recalled in flashback. The memorandum of the title refers to Hitler's memo offering a "final solution" to the "Jewish problem."
  • director
    John Spotton
    Donald Brittain
  • producer
    John Kemeny
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • camera
    John Spotton
  • editing
    John Spotton
  • sound
    Roger Hart
  • sound editing
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    John Knight
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
    Ron Alexander

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Ages 12 to 17
Discuss Hitler and his stance on the Jews in Germany, including his famous memorandum. Explain why former Jewish prisoners would return to Germany and the Bergen-Belsen camp years later. Why is it important to remember the atrocities of war? Research the life of Anne Frank. Comment on the fact that the once horrifying camps have been transformed into gardens for tourists.
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