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World War Two: The Final Hours

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Review

Allied Forces’ and Soviet cameras captured in explicit detail the final moments of the war in Europe, but their sordid images are rarely shown outside of carefully managed museum exhibitions, let alone on Friday night television. This documentary is an archive of hate, from the horrors of the concentration camps to the bodies of Goebbels’s six poisoned children.

But it is a calculated decision. As General Dwight D Eisenhower wrote when he visited Buchenwald, he wanted “first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda’ ”. Think carefully before you survey this topography of terror again.

Summary

Partly colourised archive footage provides viewers with a chance to experience the horrors of the intense final hours of the Second World War.

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