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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Murderers should be punished, even if they murdered decades ago.
Positive Role Models
A German admits that he and fellow Nazis committed moral wrongs. Attorneys and government officials work to bring criminals to justice.
Violence & Scariness
A German who had worked at the Auschwitz death camp described the facility, from the perspective of Germans, as "all fun and entertainment," with a cinema and music. Asked why Nazis killed innocent Jewish children, one German recalls that kids were "not the enemy at the moment; the enemy is the blood inside them." Survivors describe being separated upon arrival at Auschwitz from their parents, then never seeing their parents -- who were murdered by the Nazis -- again. Oskar Groning is asked how he felt about Nazis taking Jews' possessions when they arrived at Auschwitz. "They no longer needed them," he notes, referring to the fact that he, and everyone, knew the Jews were brought to Auschwitz to be killed. One disturbing black-and-white photograph shows a German soldier holding his rifle up to his shoulder and pointing it at close range at a mother shielding her small child from him. It was taken immediately before the woman and child were shot. One survivor says that hearing of Groning's guilty verdict was "like putting a bouquet on a non-existent grave of my [Nazi-murdered] parents." A twin recalls being injected with germs by infamous Nazi doctor Mengele, but miraculously surviving the near-fatal illness they caused. Many Nazi victims -- starved, naked, dead bodies -- are shown laid out in rows. A short film clip shows Nazis shooting Jews next to a ditch and the bodies falling in.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many Nazi victims -- starved, naked, dead bodies -- are shown laid out in rows.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Accountant of Auschwitz is a 2018 documentary examining recent attempts to bring former Nazis to trial for war crimes. The focus is on two in particular, who were convicted in the 2000s of mass murders during World War II. Witnesses and historians recount atrocities in graphic and vivid detail, as in the case of an SS colonel at a death camp who took a Jewish baby by the legs and killed the child in front of many witnesses, smashing it against a truck. German records and documents attest to the killing of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz alone and photographs of starved, naked, dead bodies are among the artifacts of such Nazi horrors. A short film clip shows Nazis shooting Jews next to a ditch and the bodies falling in. Young viewers will probably be justifiably horrified by events described here, which may open the doors to further discussions on Germany's role in World War II. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary does a great job of explaining Nazi horrors and the efforts to bring Nazis to justice, making this an excellent introduction to this topic for teens. The Accountant of Auschwitz raises moral dilemmas with regard to putting 90-year-olds in jail for what they did 70 years before. In the case of Groning, he admits what he did and admits it was wrong, but whether his actions were legally wrong or whether punishing him as an old man for acts of his youth would be proper are questions left up in the air. He was convicted by the German court, but his years of unsuccessful appeals kept him out of prison and allowed him to die a free man a few years later.
Advocates of the prosecution process argue that since the practice of state-run genocide didn't come to end with World War II, decent people and democratic countries have a responsibility to demonstrate that such crimes will never go unpunished in an effort to deter future atrocities. Regarding individual Nazi responsibility for mass murders and whether individuals ought to be held accountable, American attorney Alan Dershowitz recalls that there is "no evidence that Hitler [himself] ever killed anybody," yet there's no doubt that his leadership and policies were responsible for the deaths of around 10 million people during World War II.
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