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Friday, September 23, 2005

Dachau

Germany has a lot of history, but not all of it is pretty. This footage is from Dachau concentration camp, near Munich


Dachau
Music: Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei

The sound clips are excerpts from interviews of Holocaust survivors found at: telling stories.org and holocaustsurvivors.org

20 Comments:

  • Well thought out. Excellent.

    By Blogger Dooser, at 8:29 AM, September 23, 2005  

  • Powerful.

    By Blogger Dennis, at 10:39 AM, September 23, 2005  

  • very well put together. I've been to Germany twice and have never made it to any of the camps or momuments. Mostly because the people I'm with don't want to be reminded or put in such a place, I don't blame them, but it seems something that would be quiet the experience.

    By Blogger Des, at 1:16 PM, September 23, 2005  

  • When I was 17, I went to Dachau with my father and remember seeing the crematoriums and gas chambers. I didn't fully appreciate my chance to visit there back then, but now that I look back at it, I'm glad I did.

    Your video is exactly how I remembered Dachau. The inclusion of the Holocaust survivor's voices added a really meaningful element to it. Very well done.

    By Blogger Dr. Suzuki, at 2:54 PM, September 23, 2005  

  • very moving. very powerful. very well done.

    By Blogger missbhavens, at 5:18 PM, September 23, 2005  

  • Josh...that was amazing. You really captured the pure emotion, and the utter sadness that surrounds the Holocaust. Human brutality is a very scary thing.

    By Blogger Tim, at 5:32 PM, September 23, 2005  

  • Never Again, under any disguise, must we allow people to be treated like numbers.

    By Blogger dltq, at 6:04 PM, September 23, 2005  

  • A very emotive subject handled very well

    By Anonymous Max, at 12:50 AM, September 24, 2005  

  • Ken Burns could not have done better. Great Work!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:32 AM, September 24, 2005  

  • That's the way to do it josh. nice work.

    By Anonymous Dave H., at 3:57 AM, September 24, 2005  

  • By Blogger Steve Garfield, at 5:46 PM, September 24, 2005  

  • Very well put together. The movie reminds me of how terrible this was.

    By Anonymous Per Christian Gaustad, at 6:13 PM, September 24, 2005  

  • I just can't believe that happened. I mean, I know it did happen. But I just can't understand how people could do that to another living thing. There is a special place in hell for people like that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:53 PM, September 25, 2005  

  • Josh, I salute you for attempting to grapple with this. Personally, I grew up absorbing so much of this kind of media via various Jewish educational experiences I was part of, that watching video with voice overs didn't do much for me. I actually think it would have touched me more to hear your own personal reflections. But hey, that's just me.

    Since Hitler we've had multiple cases of genocide---in the former Soviet Union, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and a whole lot more. Genocide happens all too often. I hope reflecting on the evil of Hitler's mass murders spurs people to learn about what's going on right now, and the motivation to do something about it.

    By Anonymous jonny goldstein, at 3:05 AM, September 26, 2005  

  • Sobering, powerful, horrible, sad.. I could go on. Excellent video. You captured your experience very well.

    By Blogger Erin, at 8:34 AM, September 26, 2005  

  • it's so hard to imagine living in such a time with such horror that everyone knows happened - but this video exquisitely captured how it actually felt to be there - then I remember, I do know what it's like because thanks to Bush that time is now, not that extreme, but certainly that potentially horrifying. if we only knew.

    -taxiplasm
    http://gnitseretni.blogspot.com

    By Blogger french/new/wave/nerd, at 1:19 AM, September 30, 2005  

  • Wow. The voice overs were of course very powerful (and good choice of music). The camera work was also very good ... sometimes a a lingering shot of barbed wire is the perfect thing.

    I didnt get to see any of the camps when I was in Germany. I guess it's one of those things you dont want to see but feel like you should have when you had the chance.

    Nicely done.

    - Dave
    http://www.davidmeade.com

    By Blogger David Meade, at 5:50 PM, October 05, 2005  

  • so sad so sad. makes my heart heavy, my eyes teary.

    By Blogger ryanne hodson, at 7:24 PM, October 07, 2005  

  • Another awesome vid. I went to Dachau a couple months ago and you captured it well. The scariest part is that as you learn about the conditions that lead up to WW2 for the Germans, you realize that something like this could happen again in the future.

    Good music too- Evocation of the Spirit by Robert Shaw is one of my favorite CD's

    By Anonymous eric h, at 11:50 AM, December 04, 2005  

  • In 1996, on the way to Salzburg to visit, I stopped at Munich, took a short bus to Dachau, and walked around in the blizzard. It was bizarre for me to see the suburbs encroaching the camp's fence. The concentration camp was built in Spring 1933.

    It's important for us e-mail our elected officals today and raise our concern over inhumanity, genocide and violence. We have to let them know where we stand. Websites like http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm
    help you find your representative in the USA.

    By Blogger Francisco Daum, at 12:40 AM, December 31, 2005  

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