On January 20, 1942, a conference was held to organize the “final solution” — the destruction of all 11 million European Jews. This documentary examines extensively the historical background to the conference and deals with the preceding events methodically and chronologically. Eminent Jewish and non-Jewish historians exchange views on the issues that have preoccupied many people for years: the why’s and wherefores, the question of blame, and the possibility of a recurrence.
“Wannsee Conference” is an unforgettable documentary about Hitler’s plot to annihilate the Jewish race and the conference that took place in 1942, designed to establish the various methods of killing. This is a chilling film in spots. It features archive footage of Hitler’s speech about the extermination of the Jews in Germany and all the Jewish race in Europe and the cheers that erupt following his statement. Another brief scene, shown twice and from a distance, shows archived footage of Jews being shot, the bodies falling into a ditch and then being covered with dirt. Again, the footage is fuzzy and hard to see, but obviously shows what just happened.
During Adolph Eichmann’s trial in 1961, he contended that he simply followed the orders of the authorities of the day. The conference of Wannsee, the plight of the Jewish people, and the archive footage make this both a chilling and interesting documentary of the period. We award it our Dove “Family-Approved” seal for ages 12 plus, with the suggestion that parents watch it with their children. “Wannsee Conference” is a film you will not forget.