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The Lucky Ones: Allied Airmen and Buchenwald

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It was said that the only way out of Buchenwald was through the chimneys of the crematorium, but 168 allied airmen were the lucky ones. These young men--mostly from Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand--watched crime after crime against humanity every day for several months, until their ultimate transfer to a POW camp. What they saw at Buchenwald was so unimaginable that, after the war, few would believe them. For fifty years, these unlikely witnesses to one of history's worst atrocities kept silent. Now they share their personal stories of life before, during and after Buchenwald. The veterans' moving testimony, interwoven with rare archival footage and photographs, provide a unique chapter in World War II and Holocaust history.

1994, 72 min 08 s