The Last of the Unjust
There’s no way a four-hour documentary about the Final Solution isn’t going to be hard work. But this is the new film from Claude Lanzmann, of nine-and-a-half-hour Holocaust documentary ‘Shoah’ fame, so we can safely presume it will be a rewarding – if harrowing – experience. The film is based on extensive interviews with former Jewish Council president Benjamin Murmelstein, a controversial figure considered by some to be a Nazi collaborator and by others to be a pragmatist who managed to save thousands. The moral scale will probably fall in the ‘grey’ area: Lanzmann is not the type to offer easily compartmentalised and digestible morality tales. Instead, we can expect an insight into Theresienstadt, a concentration camp masquerading as a model town and a key Nazi propaganda tool.