"The Wannsee Conference"
Directed by Heinz Schirk
On Tuesday, January 20, 1942 at a home in a
quiet suburb of Berlin, a meeting was held. Fourteen key representatives of the SS,
the Nazi Party, and the government bureaucracy gathered secretly. A decision was
made there that sealed the fate of over six million people. Director Heinz Schirk
and writer Paul Mommertz use actual notes from the meeting, along with letters written by
Hermann Goering and Adolf Eichmann and testimony by Eichmann at his 1961 trial in Israel
to recreate the shocking events of this meeting that resulted in the creation of "The
Final Solution". "A unique, courageous, and important film. The
dialogue builds to a bone-chilling momentum." - David Skerritt, Christian Science
Monitor. "Mesmerizing...unlike any other holocaust film I've ever seen. It finds a voice for dealing with matters that are, after all, not
unspeakable." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times. "It's the most
chilling discussion imaginable. All the more so for taking place in so casual an
atmosphere." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times. Starring Robert Artzhorn, Friedrich Beckhous, Gerd Bockmann with Jochen Busse, Hans W. Bussinger.
Color. German with English subtitles. 85 minutes.