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The Portraitist
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"The Portraitist” tells the story of Wilhelm Brasse, former prisoner of Auschwitz, who was forced to work as a photographer in the camp and on the SS-men orders took hundreds of photographs for the camp records. Ryszard Horowitz writes: "As one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, I must admit 'The Portraitist' made a thundering impression on me. The juxtaposition of the film footage of victims with terror and hopelessness on their faces, interwoven with the emotionless arguments of the witness/author of the Auschwitz photographs creates an atmosphere worthy of Dante's Inferno. I have read most of the literature and have seen lots of films dealing with the Holocaust, yet I consider 'The Portraitist' to be one of the most outstanding and moving works on the subject of the Shoah." Wilhelm Brasse was born in 1917 in Żywiec, Poland. In August 1940 he was deported to the Auschwitz camp. First, he was employed at digging foundations for sheds and constructing the leading from the crematorium to the railway-station. Working in this commando he rapidly rose to the position of the kapo’s interpreter. Later he was employed at unloading coal and coke, then he worked in a potato warehouse. In February 1941 Wilhelm Brasse was assigned to a special commando, the SS Identification Service of the camp Gestapo, where he photographed among others newly arrivals during their registration and children during Dr. Mengele’s experiments.

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Title in polish:
Portrecista
Dimension:
DVD 4/3 PAL
Product code:
DVD
Weight:
0.17 kg

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