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Growing up absurd in Auschwitz (‘Son of Saul’)

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Published: 12 January 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Growing up absurd in Auschwitz – J. Hoberman – Tablet Magazine 15.12.15
With brutal tact and appalling artistry, the visceral and haunting ‘Son of Saul’ makes little miracles out of the monstrous.                                                                                                                Read review here

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Who is the punk-rock-poet-actor behind the pathos of ‘Son of Saul’? – The Times of Israel 10.01.16                                             Nearly 30 years after his first life-changing visit to Auschwitz, Géza Röhrig returns to the crematoria in a ground-breaking Golden Globe-nominated film

'Son of Saul,' Hungarian holocaust drama, wins Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film - Haaretz 11.01.16                                           Film depicts a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, forced to cremate the bodies of fellow prisoners gassed by the SS. In one corpse, Saul believes he recognizes his dead son.


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