The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

The new book by Rosemary Sullivan (2022), The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, is chilling to read. We know what happened to Anne Frank and the other seven who hid from the Nazis for 26 months, but less about the society where both betrayal and heroism existed side by side. Anxious to … More The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

The World at War (1973)

The world of documentary filmmaking has changed since the debut of this 26-part television series. I mention this upfront because of how history is now presented through recreation, actors, animation, point-of-view, CGI and other film techniques can, and does, change the viewer’s perception of historical events and the emotional connection to the story as depicted. … More The World at War (1973)

The Odessa File

The Odessa File was a novel by Frederick Forsyth, a master storyteller of the mystery and action genre.  Tracking former Nazis was of interest to various countries after World War II.  Even before the war was over, Nazis were being smuggled out of Europe to safe havens overseas. We’ve heard stories that church and relief … More The Odessa File

Night and Fog

Some films you never forget. And you shouldn’t. Forty-five years ago I saw such a film as a senior in high school. Night and Fog. Films about the Holocaust sear themselves into your brain. At seventeen, the horrors depicted in that film were unfathomable. Perhaps that’s why Mr. Gauthier showed us the documentary film, to … More Night and Fog