Shortly after triggering World War II with its 1939 invasion of Poland, Nazi Germany set about repurposing a system of immigrant barracks in the city of Oświęcim to house political prisoners. Renamed Auschwitz, the facility would become the most notorious killing factory in human history.
Tracing this tragic trajectory is the 15-minute documentary “Auschwitz.”
Produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by James Moll, narrated by Meryl Streep and scored by Hans Zimmer, “Auschwitz” chronicles how the Nazi regime used the facility to systematically murder some 1.1 million people, the vast majority of them Jews.
Using archival war footage, panoramic flyovers and computer-generated imagery to capture the enormity, scale and brutal utility of the camps, “Auschwitz” paints a chilling portrait of a dark chapter that must never be forgotten, lest it be repeated.