Transport From Paradise

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, War

Set during WW II in the Terezin Ghetto, the name given to the concentration camp Theresienstadt, this award-winning Czech film details the Nazis' devastating brutality against the Jewish population. Unlike the Nazi death camps, the Terezin Ghetto was a model camp in southeast Germany where Jews from many countries were sent. Created as proof that the Nazis...read more

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Set during WW II in the Terezin Ghetto, the name given to the concentration camp Theresienstadt, this award-winning Czech film details the Nazis' devastating brutality against the Jewish population. Unlike the Nazi death camps, the Terezin Ghetto was a model camp in southeast Germany where

Jews from many countries were sent. Created as proof that the Nazis were treating their prisoners humanely, the "town" had banks, shops, and a local administrative board. In this picture, the authorities even make a film illustrating how wonderful life is there when they receive word that the

International Red Cross will be inspecting the prison camp. Underneath the decorative posters, however, are others that read "Death to Fascism" in a variety of languages. As pleasant as the Nazis try to make the camp, the inmates are always afraid of being shipped elsewhere. When the chairman of

the Council of Jewish Elders is requested to authorize a transport to another camp equipped with gas chambers, he refuses to sign the order. The Germans simply get rid of him and find someone else who will comply. A group is rounded up; without realizing where they are headed, the prisoners save

places on the train for loved ones and, in the haunting final scene, board the transport and go on to death. A grim, sad reminder of an unforgettable human ordeal, TRANSPORT FROM PARADISE reveals the savagery that can exist behind a mask of humanity. Zbynek Brynych's direction stresses the herding

of masses, generally of all Jews in Europe as they are sent to Terezin and particularly of the group that is shipped off in the film to the death camp. Brynych underlines the Nazi masquerade by using an upbeat musical score. (In Czech, German, and French; English subtitles.)

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