I filmed the most important person for the film just a couple of weeks before lockdown. 100 year old Ben Ferencz is the only key witness from the Nuremberg Trials still alive. He was a chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen trial with 24 men put on trial for the murder of 1 million Jews.
We filmed for almost two hours.
The money raised via Greenlit made this happen. Thank you everyone involved.
Getting Away with Murder(s)
We are in a whisker of getting the money. I will just add it myself.
Thank you all so very much.
I am the team think that this is a very important film and this will get us to the next stage.
One day I won't have to do this begging any more :)
We are very close to raising the money needed but time is running out.
Thank you, everyone, for this late surge. It is very promising.
Maybe will meet the target.
I am eager to film in the USA as the main person I wish to film there is 99 years old.
I am discombobulated.
Don McVey (camera), Rory Smith (sound) and I are having wonderful cake and iced coffee in quaint old bakery cafe in the most charming picturesque of towns in Austria......sitting opposite Adolf Hitler's birthplace.
Visually I wanted something of a satanic landscape.
Evil, of course, comes from the ordinary.
This is a recce of the Berlin Memorials to the Jews, Roma, Sinti, Homosexuals and Euthanasia victims.
In the car from London to Berlin. The first shoot will be Hitler's bunker.
We filmed in Galway last Sunday.
Ireland was, of course, neutral in World War II but we make an important point about how the British government bent the rules to suit themselves. Something they should have done regarding the almost 400 Nazi war criminals living in the UK.
It would be 44 years before the UK eventually brought one of them to justice. This man was convicted of killing 15 Jews in one instance and 3 in another. In reality, he killed a great many more.
Up until 1999, he had lived a carefree life in South London in a very nice council flat and with a good pension.
Yet, many in the UK government and UK press did not think he should have been prosecuted at all.
We have just filmed Philip Rubenstein in Bermondsey, London near the former home of the only person to be prosecuted for war crimes living in the UK. This man had worked in a UK hospital for 7 years and then for British Rail for 26 years. He had a very nice house provided by the council and a tidy pension. Yet he had killed a large number of Jews.
There were almost 400 suspect Nazi war criminals living all over the UK but for decades very little was done to charge them for their crimes.
Philip, the first director of the Holocaust Educational Trust, played an important role in All-Party Parliamentary War Crimes Group, which campaigned successfully in the 1980s to change the law to enable the prosecution of Nazi war criminals living in the UK.
Finally after 54 years after the Second World War ended Britain successfully prosecuted it first and only war criminal hiding out in the UK.
All the others living here in the UK got away with murder.
The Holocaust will very soon pass from living memory to history and I needed to record some of those people who witnessed it.
One of the people I was going to film in the USA was Eva Mozes Kor who along with her twin sister was experimented on by Josef Mengele and rescued from Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Russians.
She was unusual among the survivors in that she forgave the Nazis, something I found baffling. Hence the reason I wanted to film her.
Sadly, she is now part of history.
From The Guardian.
Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz and the death camp’s infamous doctor Josef Mengele, has passed away in Poland during a trip to the Holocaust site, sources said.
The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Indiana and devoted her life to Holocaust awareness, was 85.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Eva Kor, Holocaust survivor, forgiveness advocate, and founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center,” the museum said on its Twitter account.
It added that Kor passed away Thursday in Krakow, southern Poland, during an annual trip organised by the museum that included a visit to Auschwitz, a former Nazi camp in the nearby town of Oswiecim.
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