Nachlass

Nachlass

Documentary Film
2017
108 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Christoph Hübner Filmproduktion
Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss
Gilad Hochman
Christoph Hübner
Gabriele Voss
Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss
Stefan Korte
Adi Kantor shows us pictures she took in Auschwitz – of the high fences around the camp’s pathways, the rows of barracks. She’s clicking through these views on her computer and ends up with images of parties in Cracow. Those raised hands holding beer glasses are like a gesture of victory, as if they had gotten something over with, says the historian who also gives tours of the Berlin “Topography of Terror” Documentation Centre, pointing at the picture. By contrasting these photos following each other without further ado, Christoph Hübner’s and Gabriele Voss’s film comes straight to the point: how do we imagine the connections between then and now? How is the perpetrators’ guilt perpetuated in the following generations? What are the – conscious or unconscious – feelings of the children and grandchildren of perpetrators and victims?

The culture of remembrance of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust is not just a matter of public awareness sustained by memorials and monuments, exhibitions and museums. It is also a matter of manifold and specific private confrontations. “Legacy” gives us a hint of a feeling of the weight a photo of one’s own father in SS uniform can have.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize