Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:
Night and Fog (1956), an award-winning documentary short by French director Alain Resnais, was made ten years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps,
Resnais re-visited the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek and interspersed the pastoral scenes with wartime footage to create one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust.
Resnais (1922-2014), the French director and screenwriter better known for such films as Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad, was initially reluctant to make the documentary, thinking he had no right to speak for those who had suffered. He agreed only when poet and novelist Jean Cayrol, a former concentration camp inmate, signed on to write the script.
The title derives from the German phrase Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog). On December 7, 1941 Hitler had issued a decree ordering the arrest of those who “threatened German security,” followed by their deportation to camps in which they would vanish, quietly and forever, into “the night and fog.”
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