CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Lent Day 7 "The Last of the Unjust" - long, but important documentary

**The Last of the Unjust** opens is an almost four hour interview conducted in German with English subtitles about "Theresienstadt," Adolph Eichmann's plan for the "Jewish Ghetto" in Germany during World War II.  If you are looking for a rootin' tootin' Saturday Matinee flick, **The Last of the Unjust** will not fulfill expectations.  However if one longs for an in depth interview from a wise old man who experienced both horror & compassion first hand, then **The Last of the Unjust** is the film for you.  The simple truth in story telling far outweighs the cozy interviews that one finds on **The View** or **Entertainment Tonight.**
The central figure is Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Elder of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council. For six years, Murmelstein negotiated with Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann for the survival of the Jewish people. As Adolph Hitler increased the extermination of the Jewish People with the Final Solution, Murmelstein witnessed the lynching of his kinsmen in the courtyard of Theresienstadt.
**The Last of the Unjust** is too long for it's own good, with many lingering shots of European modern architecture.     Critics have condemned Murmelstein's deadpan delivery about the horrors of Theresienstadt.  Yet if one takes the time to watch **The Last of the Unjust,** one will be rewarded by a pure intellectual experience.  By not wearing his heart on his sleeve, Murmelstein's stoic delivery enhances his eyewitness testimony.  Take the time to absorb **The Last of the Unjust** some afternoon, it will ultimately prove to be a rewarding experience.
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