“You don’t see the chimney and the fire and the smoke? There go your parents! And when you go through the chimneys,” [the guard] said, “you will be reunited.”
“If I started blaming God, then I was going to excuse men, and this was really done by men, by humanity.”
Renée Firestone, Jewish Auschwitz survivor; her life story was part of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning documentary The Last Days.
“The prisoner was manacled with a chain on his back and hung up. We hung on the stake for an hour …“
Richard Rudolph, Bible student (one of Jehovah’s Witnesses) and conscientious objector; as “A Victim of Double Persecution” he spent almost nineteen years in Nazi camps and German Democratic Republic prisons.
“Every time I went to bed, I thought to myself, ‘You’re a dead man on vacation. You’ll never get out of here.’”
Adolf Burger, Jewish Auschwitz survivor & counterfeiter in Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
“I feel victorious. I won. I did not give in.”
Leopold Engleitner, Bible student (one of Jehovah’s Witnesses) and conscientious objector; who at 107 years old, was the world’s oldest known male Nazi concentration camp survivor and Holocaust teacher.
When hatred, prejudice, and bullying threaten, whose voices will we turn to? The voices of the survivors must never be silenced even if they are no longer among us.
Nine Holocaust survivors and victims of Nazi tyranny [Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sinti, and a political prisoner] from 5 different countries (Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, USA) have ‘taken the stand’ to give their testimony as a legacy for future generations.
All in all, they were interned in fifty-four camps or institutions, they were imprisoned for 44 years, and all together they can provide outstanding life experience totaling 806 years. Those whose voices are heard range from an average housewife to active Holocaust teachers and even the subjects of Oscar-winning films. Survivors were interviewed according to a catalog of questions, unique in the world, consisting of questions from schoolchildren and students from 61 schools and universities in 30 countries on 6 continents.
“Rammerstorfer contributed a new scientific and human dimension to our understanding of the Nazi regime and its victims and martyrs.”
Professor Lorenz Reibling, Boston College
Written, produced, and directed by Bernhard Rammerstorfer
Narrated by Frederic G. Fuss
Edited by Anton Kapfer
Running time: 29:59 minutes
Film Awards and recognitions:
“Official Selection” at the “Long Island International Film Expo 2016”, New York, USA