(out of 5)
In this excellent documentary, Mark Jonathan Harris tells the story of what happened to holocaust survivors when World War II ended and the camps were liberated. While most films on the subject stop at the freeing of the survivors, this unique documentary explores the experiences of those who left the camps barely alive, most of them fleeing persecution to America and the majority going to Palestine for the forming of the state of Israel. Harris uses a whole treasure trove of powerful stock footage, photographs and letters read over the soundtrack by notable names. The film loses its touch in its last half, when it switches from its clear narrative to a more emotionally vague approach, leaving you with the impression that Harris had no idea where to go with all the material he had. It couldn’t possibly be easy to make conclusions of the story being told here. Features narration by Morgan Freeman and voice work by David Paymer, Nina Siemaszko, Martin Landau, Sean Astin and Ed Asner, .
Moriah Films, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris
Screenplay by Mark Jonathan Harris
Cinematography by Don Lenzer
Music by Lee Holdridge
Film Editing by Kate Amend