Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The liberation of Auschwitz propaganda film

Video I've put together using the USC Shoah Foundation footage of the 1995 interview of Paula Lebovics née Pesa Balter, who was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau with her parents and two of her brothers sometime during 1944 (prior to September). Her father died there, but the others survived. Paula Lebovics was just ten-years-old when she arrived at Auschwitz; she wasn't a twin, and does not claim to have been experimented on by Dr. Mengele.

Significantly, Paula Lebovics discusses how the Soviets shot their propaganda footage sometime after they liberated the camps. She states that it was the Soviets who dressed the children in the striped prisoner jackets, and that they had never worn them prior to that. She also mentions how the Soviets collected the corpses of inmates who had died after the Germans had left and positioned them as props for their propaganda film.

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