Theresienstadt was a 1944 Nazi propaganda film depicting Theresienstadt concentration camp as a sort of idyllic rest stop, in an attempt to convince world opinion that there was no such thing as Nazi death camps. The film intended to be viewed in “neutral” nations showing how “humane” conditions were at Theresienstadt.
Nor only was it enough to have a false depiction of Theresienstadt, the Nazi also coerced German-Jewish =Actor,Director Kurt Gerron into directing it. Gedrron had escaped Germany after the Nazis got to power, and ended up in the Netherlands. Once filming was finished, Gerron and members of the Jazz pianist Martin Roman’s Ghetto Swingers were deported on the camp’s final train transport to Auschwitz. Gerron and his wife were gassed immediately upon arrival, along with the film’s entire performing entourage (except for Roman and guitarist Coco Schumann).The next day, Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler ordered the closure of the gas chambers.
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