The Last of the Unjust

Directed by Claude Lanzmann | Written by Claude Lanzmann

THE LAST OF THE UNJUST reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the “Final Solution.” Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) tells the story of the Theresienstadt camp (located in what is now the Czech Republic), where tens of thousands died and many more were held before being sent to their deaths at Treblinka, Auschwitz and other camps. The central figure in the film is Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, a fallen hero condemned to exile. He was forced to negotiate day after day from 1938 until the end of the war with Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, who considered Theresienstadt a “model” camp. The director got the idea after interviewing Lanzmann for the 1985 pic Shoah, but didn’t have room for it in that movie. Here, Murmelstein explains his actions and defines his paradoxical role in history.

French with English subtitles
Available on DVD & Digital September 23
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group

The Last of the Unjust (2014)
218 min, Documentary, France
With Benjamin Murmelstein and Claude Lanzmann

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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