The Commandant’s Shadow

Directed by: Daniela Völker
Runtime: 1h 43min Certificate: 12A

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Directed by: Daniela Völker
Runtime: 1h 43min Certificate: 12A
Topics: History & Archive, Personal Stories

Eight decades after Auschwitz, an extraordinary meeting takes place in London between the son of the Commandant and a survivor of the notorious concentration camp.

While Hans Jurgen Höss enjoyed a happy childhood in the family villa at Auschwitz, Jewish prisoner Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was trying to survive in the camp built and run by his father.

Exploring more deeply the true story that inspired Oscar-winning The Zone of Interest, The Commandant’s Shadow follows the long journey that leads to this historic meeting. By delving into several generations of each family, it shows not just the horror of the Third Reich, but reveals the intergenerational transmission of trauma and the long shadows that Auschwitz still casts on so many lives.