Birkenau and Rosenfeld

Birkenau and Rosenfeld

Birkenau and Rosenfeld

  Almost her entire life needed Marceline Loridan-Ivens, widow of the pioneer of the documentary Joris Ivens, this process for their youthful experiences in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and deal with them. Seven years of fighting it difficult to finance the film project, including elements of the documentary and fictional links, and could this painful path into his past, finally with the help of her co-producer Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle, the Bavarian Radio and the television film realize-Bayern.

The filmmaker and reporter Myriam Rosenfeld (Anouk Aimée) from New York takes part in Paris at a meeting of concentration camp survivors, where she meets friends and fellow sufferers. In a raffle Myriam wins the first prize, a bike and a plane ticket to Krakow, and she decides to confront her past. As Myriam enters the camp, are all the repressed memories back. Her father, the then 14-year-old came into the camp, never returned. Myriam spent two years there, she finds the barracks, and even the bunk again, where they slept.

In the early morning Myriam continues its exploration of Birkenau. She meets a young German photographer named Oskar (August Diehl), whose grandfather was a member of the SS guard was part of the inhuman Lagerystems. Oscar wants to \ “the invisible show \” that hides in the ruins of the camp and asks Myriam, help him to decipher the tracks and to sharpen his eye. After some hesitation, she finally agrees to one and together they now roam the camp – she shows him the barracks, gas chambers and crematoria.
Finally, they come to one of the worst places in the camp: the ruins of the crematoria 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., where were the summer of 1944 hundreds of thousands of Jews and Gypsies to their murder burned in the gas chambers.

, Where Myriam Oscar tells of that mystery that makes her all the years since no rest: it should have been involved in the digging of pits where the bodies were burned when the ovens were not sufficient. Myriam itself has no memory of it though, but what if it’s true?

-Ivens Marceline Loridan managed a disturbing and relentless confrontation with terror and with its own past. It’s the film of a survivor who has the courage to speak out, “before final plunge to the disappearance of the last survivors of the concentration camps in the area of history – or in the mists of oblivion,” says the filmmaker. In this respect, “Birkenau and Rosenfeld” not a feature film that can be measured by normal standards, but an exceptional document against forgetting.

Title: Birkenau and Rosenfeld Country of production: France Year of production: 2002 Length: 90 minutes (min) Rental: Academy Films

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