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The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews

Nazi propaganda film on Theresienstadt. Teachers should exercise caution with this film. It is a carefully staged film proporting the "good treatment" of Jews. Many of those seen in this highly deceptive film were sent, shortly after the filming was ending, to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The film was produced during the summer of 1944 by Germany’s Ministry of Propaganda about theresienstadt, the model ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941. It was intended to be used to show the International Red Cross and the world that Jews were being well treated in the camps. This is the only film known to have been made by the Germans inside any operating concentration camps; it is, however, an elaborately staged film presenting a completely false picture of camp life. Only a few survived to attest to the falsity of the film, which has renewed significance in the face of Holocaust denial. This film is incomplete and the restoration segment of all extant fragments was done by the National Center for Jewish film. German with English sub-titles. (HS+). B/W. (23 min.)

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