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September 18, 2015

Movie entitled “Son of Saul” in theaters Dec. 18, 2015

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am
Photo from Wikipedia shows Sonderkommando Jews with a bone grinder

Photo from Wikipedia shows Sonderkommando Jews with a bone grinder.

According to Wikipedia:

Sonderkommandos were work units made up of German Nazi death camp prisoners. They were composed almost entirely of Jews who were forced, on threat of their own deaths, to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims during the Holocaust.

The following Sonderkommandos survived the Holocaust:  Zalman Gradowski, Filip Müller, Henryk Tauber, Leib Langfus, Morris Venezia, Henryk Mandelbaum [Saul Ausländer is a fictional character]

Photo of Dachau Sonderkommando shoving a body into an oven at Dachau

Photo of Sonderkommando shoving a body into an oven at Dachau is an re-enactment, done after Dachau was libertated

A photo similar to the one above is included in the news story and it is purported to be a real photo of a Sonderkommando Jew shoving a body into an oven.

The following information, about the movie entitled Son of Saul, is from the movie review website known as “Rotten Tomatoes”.

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkomando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and …
Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity)
Genre: Drama
In Theaters: Dec 18, 2015 Limited
Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
Sony Pictures Classics

You can read the following review of the movie on this website:

Son of Saul

Based on the experience of a Hungarian Jew held in a concentration camp during the Second World War, Son of Saul follows a man who has the harrowing job of leading prisoners into the showers where they will be executed and cleaning up afterwards by shovelling their remains into the river.

Shaken by the death of one young boy, he is driven to give him a proper Jewish burial. Featuring superb acting on all levels, director Laszlo Nemes takes us right into the camp through a unique use of surround sound and filming in 35mm. 5 out of 5 stars. – Sian Jones, producer.

Among the horrors of the Holocaust, the Nazis assigned so-called Sondercommandos a peculiarly dehumanizing job: to herd fellow inmates into gas chambers and dispose of their bodies. Saul is one such man, his face an effigy of pain. When he believes he’s found his own son among the dead, his humanity is restored as he attempts to give the boy a proper burial.

Much of the film lingers on Saul’s face, leaving the most lurid shots out of focus: an interesting directorial choice that avoids a fetishistic lingering on the bodies of victims that still allows viewers to feel the full oppressiveness of his situation. A powerful, devastating film. 5 out of 5 stars. – Deana Sumanac-Johnson, reporter.


I am looking forward to seeing this movie in December.  I will write a review of the movie after I see it. You can be sure that I will have a lot of criticism of this movie.


  1. Zalman Gradowski, Filip Müller, Henryk Tauber, Leib Langfus, Morris Venezia, Henryk Mandelbaum [Saul Ausländer is a fictional character]

    Dario Gabbai is featured in the Spielberg film ‘The Last Days’ — he claims to have been a Sonderkommando member at Auschwitz-Birkenau — it’s a bit surprising that Wikipedia does not include him in the list.

    Comment by eah — September 20, 2015 @ 2:00 am

  2. I think I’ll just take my kids to see the new Star Wars movie.

    Comment by HCW — September 18, 2015 @ 10:47 pm

    • Inappropriate.

      Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:31 am

  3. The main figure had been forced for a dishumnizing task; already the first traumatic experience. Then in order to cope with the first traumatic experience he thinks what he would like to do: arrange the jewish burial of one of the victims. After his own survival, for a psycological process – to be studied – he came to believe that he had arranged the jewish burial of that victim. He will need psycological help. But … then Shoah Business managers find this story interesting for their business. The first branch brings the story as a movie in theatres. The second branch enters competiton staring critics and denying even the tragedy of Holocaust. Amid all that fuss that figure cannot get the psycological help needed which at that development of event would be very difficult.
    Indeed the Sonderkomando stood under strict SS oversight and in Auschwitz the reciting of Jewish prayers had been very dangerous. Certainly he could not have a rabbi entering the area where the Sonderkomando had to perform that traumatic task.
    A meaninfull fiction.

    Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — September 18, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

    • So in the movie did he not succeed in having the Kaddish said and a proper burial – are you saying he only imagined he did? Did you see the movie?
      (However, “… then Shoah Business managers find this story interesting for their business.” What on earth does this mean? FYI the profits of Holocaust-related media are often donated to charity. I don’t know anything about this specific film, but your suggestion is in poor taste, useless, and adds nothing to your comment.)

      Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:35 am

      • The movie is not out yet. It will not be shown until Dec. 18, 2015, as the title of my blog post clearly says. The movie is fictional.

        Comment by furtherglory — October 26, 2015 @ 8:45 am

        • Ok, thanks, I thought you meant you saw it already, as you appeared to be reviewing it based on a pre-theater viewing. Yes, I know the movie is fictional, as the blog clearly states that the title character is a fictional character.

          Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:49 am

  4. I have seen a number of similar fotos of what is claimed to be a bone crushing machine — I bet there are people still alive today in either Poland or Germany who would recognize that thing, and be able to confirm whether it was a bone crushing machine or not — of course saying it wasn’t a bone crushing machine may be against the law — and as we see, age is no barrier to prosecution for ‘Holocaust’ related crimes — so that is a complication.

    Comment by eah — September 18, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

    • I’m not sure what your point is? Even if something wasn’t “manufactured” as a bone-crushing machine or for any other specific purpose, that doesn’t mean it can’t be, or wasn’t, used for a very brutal, macabre purpose. Your bizarre accusation that “saying it wasn’t a bone crushing machine may be against the law” is vile in its misrepresentation of the German law (which is presumably what you are referring to) against Holocaust denial, not against any debate over specific machine usages.

      Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:28 am

  5. Good grief – just makes me tired all over (line from Support Your Local Sheriff). This nonsense proliferates! Sheesh!

    Comment by Diane King — September 18, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    • What on earth? What a useless and inappropriate comment – if you don’t want to see it, don’t see it!

      Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:30 am

  6. Easiest way to win an Oscar is a) holocaust “it vey, ze sufferink ” movie or b) slavery “dem der whiteys be keepin’ us colored folk down” flick.

    Comment by Schlageter — September 18, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

    • Um….what?

      Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:31 am

  7. Do you have a picture of the pain?

    – Phil Ochs, Crucifixion

    Comment by Jett Rucker — September 18, 2015 @ 11:43 am

  8. More do fantasy stories to keep the joy in their proper place. The Holocaust is a scam all these stories most of them were not even true yet you believe them because they’re in the movies. Great example of that is Schindler’s List again remember folks the movie was fiction it’s a novel it wasn’t based on any facts and they made a movie about it and all people believe it this is just another one to keep the people from what the truth was.

    Comment by jrizoli — September 18, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    • This is a fictional movie with a fictional main character as the blog clearly states, based on true events. Your comment is disgusting. Obviously a fictional film, even if based on true events, is “not true,” and people are not supposed to “believe them,” though this does NOT make them a “scam,” and you are VERY mistaken if you believe that Schindler’s List “wasn’t based on any facts.” Since you don’t seem to be aware, “the truth” is that millions upon millions of innocent people – Jews, Gypsies, disabled, and many others – were murdered in cold blood. You belie your disgusting ignorance in your post, and should research the stories of survivors before claiming that anything is a “scam” or that fictional movies based on true events are not “based on any facts.”

      Comment by Halli — October 26, 2015 @ 8:58 am

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