Does a practical collaboration with the Nazis make a man a collaborator, a traitor, or can his motives free him from a tarnished reputation? Claude Lanzmann asks these questions of Benjamin Murmelstein, president of the Jewish council in Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Nazi Holocaust.
Using survivor interviews and archive footage, Claude Lanzmann assesses the role the Jewish council played in helping the Nazis run the Czech ghetto camp at Theresienstadt. An unflinching and deeply harrowing postscript to the monumental 1985 Holocaust documentary, Shoah.
The 89 year-old director has lost none of his bold inquisitiveness in a Shoah follow-up that plunges the viewer deep into the hustle and anguish of the Czech ghetto.