New Nazi Propaganda Footage Found
I guess I have a Nazi-theme going on this month. From Bugs Bunny and Hitler, we move to actual Nazi propaganda. Over on neatorama.com this morning I published an exclusive video interview I did with Israeli film director Yael Hersonski about her critically acclaimed debut A Film Unfinished. (See it below.) At the end of WWII, 62 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A Film Unfinished presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the paradise" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.