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The Commandant's Shadow

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In Theaters: May 29, 2024

R | Documentary | 1h 50m

The Commandant's Shadow

The true story that inspired the Oscar-winning "The Zone of Interest," "The Commandant's Shadow" tells how, eight decades after Auschwitz, Hans Jurgen Höss and Anita Lasker Wallfisch - both survivors in their very different ways - come face to face, together with their children, to explore how the Holocaust has impacted all their lives. It's a historic moment, the first time the descendant of a major war criminal meets a survivor in such a private and intimate setting. Told through firsthand testimony, letters, personal and historical archive footage, this feature-length documentary is about a mother and daughter, a father and son, and the shadow cast down the generations. Raising questions about love, guilt and forgiveness, it is also a story of hope, acceptance and compassion.