Le Premier Convoi (1991)

Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The first convoy of (mostly French) Jews shipped to Birkenau and Auschwitz on March 27, 1942 contained 1,112 people. Of these, only slightly more than a hundred survived. Of those survivors, only a few are still alive to tell their stories. This documentary interviews these survivors and follows them as they journey together back by train to the scenes of their greatest struggles. Physical proximity brings their painful memories vividly to life for them, and they are able to relate the tales of the incredible cunning (and luck) which enabled them to survive.