Verdict on Auschwitz
For the average, passive consumer of history, the crimes of the Nazi regime were answered at Nuremberg — case closed. Not so in Germany, where, in 1963, 22 members of the SS were belatedly brought to trial for horrors perpetrated at Auschwitz. In three hours of discursive yet rivetingly essential documentary footage (an eyeblink by Holocaust doc standards), Verdict on Auschwitz not only tracks the 20-month trial but meticulously re-creates it. You feel the anguish, but also the catharsis, of a reckoning — the kind of healing a hastily gaveled hanging can’t deliver.