NIGHT AND FOG: ALAIN RESNAIS’ HOLOCAUST MASTERPIECE

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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4 Replies to “NIGHT AND FOG: ALAIN RESNAIS’ HOLOCAUST MASTERPIECE”

  1. Thanks Heather. We should never forget. Even today we can all do better to relieve the pain of those suffering around us. I certainly can. But let’s not forget there is always Hope because Our Lord is Risen. Happy Easter to you and any that might read this.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Yes, Ron! Night and Fog is a piece for Good Friday–today we celebrate the fact that, after Christ, death never has the last word! Happy Happy Easter to you and to all–

  2. Thank you for writing and sharing this overwhelming cruelty and truth, dear Heather, when most of the world is more concerned with planning an Easter egg hunt!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I wrote that piece to run on Good Friday, the day the weekly issue of Angelus appears…such a change from Good Friday to Easter Sunday…but each “contains” the other…maybe I’ll get together some thoughts on the Resurrection this week…thank you and Happy Eastertide, Glenda!

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