None Shall Escape – I Saw it in the Movies Series
March 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This film included Hollywood’s first overt presentation of the Nazi persecution of Jews. Released in 1944, it tells the story of a near-future, post-war tribunal of a Nazi officer. Through flashbacks dramatizing the testimony of witnesses, we see the officer’s transition from a WWI vet to an unrepentant Nazi mass murderer.
For the 1944 movie goer, this film shockingly and openly presented the reality of cattle cars loaded with Jews on their way to death. A gripping drama about human evil which was eerily predictive of the 1960 trial of Adolph Eichmann. What did America know?