Steven Spielberg’s Oscar winning documentary entitled “The Last Days” is under attack by the website holocaustdenier.com. You can read here the questions that the webmaster Eric Hunt has raised about the stories told by the Hungarian Holocaust survivors in the film. Four of the Hungarians featured in the film survived Auschwitz and one was a survivor of Dachau.
The film opens with the story of Bill Basch, who survived ONE WHOLE WEEK of imprisonment in the Dachau camp. When the film was first released in 1999, I purchased the book entitled “The Last Days” which tells the stories of the survivors in the film in great detail. According to the book, Basch was captured while he was working in connection with Raoul Wallenberg in Hungary. His work for Wallenberg consisted of printing and delivering the passports that Wallenberg gave to the Jews to save them from being sent to a concentration camp. But Basch was actually working with an organization of young boys who duplicated the passports and secretly handed the forged papers out to others. (more…)