A Visitor from the Living

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History Documentary hosted by Claude Lanzmann, published by Les Films Aleph in 1997 - French narration

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In 1979, while making his epochal Holocaust film, “Shoah,” Claude Lanzmann filmed this interview with Maurice Rossel, a Red Cross doctor from Switzerland who, having visited Auschwitz and Theresienstadt in 1944, gave the latter a highly favorable report. Lanzmann questions Rossel insistently about the deceptions that the Germans forced the Jewish inmates of Theresienstadt to perpetrate for Rossel’s benefit - which fooled the doctor completely. Lanzmann culminates his interview by reading a speech with which the Jewish "mayor" of the concentration camp had welcomed Rossel, which, though vague enough to pass unnoticed by the German captors, resounds unambiguously as a thinly veiled cry for help - and an exhortation to Rossel to not be deceived by appearances. Rossel is easy to despise and easier to mock, but the cold light of his detachment serves as a reminder of the tyrannical deceits that, even now, conceal atrocities.

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  • Duration: 1h 08mn
  • File size 2.45 GB
  • Container: MKV
  • Width: 960 pixels
  • Height: 720 pixels
  • Display aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Overall bit rate: 5157 kbs
  • Frame rate: 23.976 fps
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Channel(s): 2 channels
  • Sampling rate: 48.0 KHz
  • Credit goes to: godcanjudgme
  • Source: BluRay

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