- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes
- Released: May 17, 2011
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Arts Magic
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Contains 2 programs: Buchenwald 1937-1942 and Buchenwald 1942-1945. Every aspect of life within the fences was a torture where mistreatment by the guards was not only encouraged but was compulsory. Herman Pister's installment as commandant in 1942 only intensified the horrors committed there with experimentation on inmates in ways to kill more conveniently. The atrocities were discovered with its liberation by U.S. forces in 1945 and the desire for revenge took over as camp personnel were hunted down and made to publicly stand trial for war crimes.
One of the many World War II Nazi concentration camps whose names are synonymous with evil, Buchenwald imposed razor-sharp punishments on its prisoners for even the slightest infraction of draconian rules. In fact, the dogs that resided in the camp enjoyed living conditions far superior to those of the inmates. Part One of this harrowing documentary discusses the events that transpired in the camp between 1937 and 1942, while Part Two looks at the camp from 1942 through 1945. The entire program culminates with the 1945 liberation of Buchenwald, when American military operatives finally discovered the abominations that had occurred inside of it - and many victims, desirous of revenge, began systematic attempts to hunt down camp personnel.