Pros: It is short, so more facts can't be misplaced
Cons: Too many to list
The Bottom Line: Avoid this.
Here are two quotes from two different reviewers on Netflix: Awful, not even historically factual . . . they mentioned that Adolf Eichmann was the Commandant of Auschwitz. (Mark) This documentary is the worst thing I have ever seen. It was primarily about the politics prior to war. Basically it was just boring (Lisa from NJ).
The story is just about the earliest camps that were built to handle overflow that the prisons couldnt take. Both Dachau and Sachsenhausen were relatively close to Berlin and their initial purpose was to hold political prisoners. Later they were used to house all other types of undesirables. This is the plot of the series of facts presented.
I agree with the quotes above. At best, this might be good for eighth or ninth graders; but only if they are given a list of the factual problems. Among the one listed by Mark there is the fact that both Dachau and Sachsenhsausen were called the model for future concentrations camps. Each camp was said to imprison the famous Reverend Niemullerthe problem is, there is no explanation as to how he could be in two different camps at the same time (the Dachau section has him being there and surviving it; then half an hour later he is said to have been at Sachsenhausen). There is footage of the triumphant arrival of Hitler into Austria on the day it was annexed into the Reich. This footage is given sound, including someone speaking for Hitler, but no mention is made of this obviously falsified footage.
Apart from the simple laziness with regards to fact checking, the other huge problem is that it is a documentary that just lists item (instead of fact) after item after item after item. They dont even keep to the general chronology to make the documentary make even a little sense. I get the impression this was made, in super haste, for British high schoolers with little regard for whether what the documentary said was truthful or even coherent.
Unless you are a maven of this topic and want to get a sick laugh at the laxity that went into making it . . . avoid it at all costs.
Viewing Format: DVD
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