SURVIVING GUSEN, documentary

Austria 2021
68 minutes, Digital Video, 16:9, 5.1, DCP
Director: Gerald Harringer, Johannes Pröll
Theatrical release: September 2021
Languages in film: German/English/Polish
Subtitle: German and English

Book: Gerald Harringer
Camera: Fritz Steipe, Raffael Portugal
Editing: Werner Beham
Music: Wolfgang Dorninger
Animation: Johannes Platzl
Color correction: Christina Dietl
Narrator: Maria Hofstätter, Peter Simonischek


Surviving Gusen pays tribute to three survivors of a camp complex, of which the Gusen II concentration camp in particular is described as the hell of all hells. In the film, however, we see idyllic landscapes, covered with a delicate blanket of snow or tall grass, a neat settlement of single-family houses at the former camp site. Only the reports of the contemporary witnesses, in original sound or with the voices of Maria Hofstätter and Peter Simonischek, act like dissecting knives, exposing something from which we would prefer to avert our gaze. But sometimes something like hope comes to the surface when we hear that often only small help was enough to enable someone to survive.


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