"The Holocaust has to be taught as a chapter in the long history of man's inhumanity to man."
"Revisiting 'The Last Days'"
The Last Days
Release Date: October 23, 1998
By the beginning of 1944, the end of World War II was in sight and the demise of the Third Reich was near. Despite imminent defeat, Hitler placed high priority on escalating the genocide by killing more Jews during that year than any other time during the war.
Jews in Hungary suffered the same fate as the other Jews in Europe, however killings took place in a matter of months rather than over the course of many years. In the winter of 1944, tens of thousands of Jews were marched away from approaching liberators and toward Germany, sometimes covering hundreds of miles on foot. Conditions were so dehumanizing and murderous on these treks that they came to be called "death marches." But some still found hope. Heroes emerged. And survivors have built remarkable lives founded on personal strength and compassion.
The first theatrical feature film release from Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, The Last Days depicts the extraordinary stories of five Americans who are Hungarian Holocaust survivors. From the villages of Carpathia to the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, the Holocaust ravaged their homeland. These five people—now a grandmother, a teacher, a businessman, an artist and a U.S. Congressman—lived to return some 50 years later with The Last Days filmmaking team.
Directed by James Moll and produced by June Beallor and Ken Lipper, the film interweaves eyewitness accounts, pivotal historic footage and a powerful score from Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, with cinematography by Harris Done. An October Films release, The Last Days is both a chronicle of the remarkable lives of people not unlike ourselves and a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
Visit the USC Shoah Foundation's website for more information on The Last Days.
About the Film
About the FilmPROFILED SURVIVORS
- CONGRESSMAN TOM LANTOS, ALICE LOK CAHANA, RENÉE FIRESTONE, BILL BASCH, IRENE ZISBLATT
- JAMES MOLL
- JUNE BEALLOR,
- KEN LIPPER,
- STEVEN SPIELBERG
- HARRIS DONE
- JAMES MOLL
- HANS ZIMMER
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