The untold story of the final days of WWII told through the experiences of concentration camp inmates as well as local Germans who were confronted by the concrete evidence of the actions of the Nazi State. The death train that departed Dachau sub-camp Muehldorf Mettenheim in April 1945 was loaded with 4,000 prisoners and was sent on a five day odyssey through Bavaria. Survivor Louis Sneh, who was 17 at the time, chillingly tells of the camp, of the cold freight car, of the incidents at the train stations and of the liberation in Seeshaupt.
Written and Directed by: Walter SteffenProduced by: Konzept+Dialog.MedienproduktionLanguage: German with English subtitles
This German-made, German-produced documentary is the memoir of Louis Sneh, a Hungarian-Jewish teenager in 1945, who was transported by train from a Nazi labor camp in Muehldorf-Mittenheim to Seeshaupt—the end of the line—where he was liberated by a unit of General Patton’s Third Army. One would think that lengthy narration in German with English subtitles, punctuated by Mr. Sneh’s sometimes halting comments, testimonies, archival clips, and historical images would be an interminable bore, but it is anything but. Mr. Sneh’s story is full of suspense, surprising revelations, and a hopeful ending in spite of taking over half a century. Recommended.
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