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Swimming in Auschwitz


63 minutes

Six Jewish women, from different countries and different backgrounds, found themselves deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II. Through their eyes, Swimming in Auschwitz allows the viewer to become a witness to the female experience of the Holocaust. They speak of camp families and faith, uplifting one another while trying to remain human. The film includes interviews along with archival footage and photographs.

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Memory of the Camps

Produced in 1945, this film was first broadcast in 1985 on the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. It includes scenes of gas chambers, crematoria and starving, haunted survivors. Graphic; not recommended for younger viewers.

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