Every single movie about the Holocaust concentrates on one character, stories of survivors, heroes, whatever. And I wanted to show the Holocaust for what it was. In Auschwitz, more than fifty percent of people who went there were dead in two hours. Four thousand babies got shot in the head in front of the gas chambers. So for me, it was time–when not only the Iraqi President but a lot of people are going sloppy on genocide issues, I think it’s important to make the movie. And much of the movie is documentary–I did a lot of interviews with school kids about the Holocaust, and that’s the start of the movie. It starts with that, and then we go on a normal day in Auschwitz, where you see what I showed in the teaser, you see the killings, and it’s super shocking, but this is how it was, in reality. We see the selection process, when the train comes in, and so on. And then I go back to the interviews. In German schools, I interviewed people who had no fucking clue what Auschwitz was! In German schools! So you can imagine in other countries it’s already forgotten. And that’s also part of the movie. The trailer is shocking, but I wanted to show what the purpose of the movie is. And I only played the guard because in Croatia, where we filmed, we couldn’t find German speaking actors for the smaller parts, so I said I would do it. And the sequence ended up in the teaser not because I wanted to feature me, but because it’s a heavy shot.
Stanley Kubrick abandoned the Holocaust film he was making because he said to make an accurate film about the Holocaust it had to be unwatchable.
I agree. And I think my movie will be almost unwatchable for most people. But personally I think it’s necessary to show this stuff. An Auschwitz movie like this would never get any financing, I made it because I was shooting Bloodrayne: The Third Reich in Croatia, and put a few hundred thousand on top of that budget to make this because we already had all the set-ups, the concentration camp, the train station. It was an opportunity to make something that nobody would ever finance, but is necessary to make. To make people ask how people can do something like this, planned, organized, calm killings. The really scary part of the movie is that it all went down like a normal day in the office. Only 15 or 20 minutes of the movie are the killings, 60 minutes are organizing things, who picks people up off the train, what’s the selection process, and it’s all done calmly because there was no way out. It was like a meat factory, it’s the same procedure. There were no big revolutionary fights, no big goodbyes, it just happened. You come in and then you’re ashes. The main reason I made the movie was to show the craziness of what humans are capable of. I saw a British documentary with interviews with SS people who worked in the concentration camps, people in their 90s, and they weren’t regretful, they slipped through the net, so they didn’t get put in jail, and when the BBC asked why they killed Jews, they had no clue. They didn’t know why Jews were supposed to be bad, they just thought it was a fact. They didn’t question orders.
Der Trailer selbst ist auch bei Vice zu sehen (TRIGGER-WARNUNG!!)