Alptraum Als Lebenslauf Das Zeugnis Der Georgia T. (1982)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Social History  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Georgia T. narrates this documentary based on her experiences during incarceration at the Ravensbrueck concentration camp for women in eastern Germany during World War II. Georgia was born in Bulgaria but went to Poland just before the war began, at which point she was thrown in jail for awhile because she was an "undesirable." Once she was released, her activities in the Polish resistance movement landed her in prison again, and this time, she was sent to Ravensbrueck. As Georgia tells of the humiliations, rapes, killings, and harsh treatment by guards who seemed intent on destroying the last shred of self-respect these women had, she also tells of her resolve to survive and of the shared hopes, of Georgia and others, that could not be stamped out by the degradations and horrors they faced on a daily basis. Her spirit and words reflect a quiet courage in the face of the mentally sick men who abused her and all women in the camp, a courage that kept her alive to see that day when the women -- being marched down the highway by the guards -- were abandoned in a copse and then found by invading Russian forces and liberated from their months and years of mental and physical agony.

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concentration-camp, Holocaust, world-war