'KINDERBLOCK 66: Return to Buchenwald'USA / Israel / Czech Republic / Germany, 2012.
Awards and festivals:
2012. – Jerusalem Film Festival 2012. – Sarasota Film Festival 2012. – Central Florida Film Festival 2012. – Kansas International Film Festival 2012. – Arizona International Film Festival 2012. – Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012. – Long Island International Film Expo 2012. – Hoboken International Film Festival
By late 1944, WWII appeared to be nearing its bloody end. Even as the war's outcome became clearer, the Nazis continued to carry out their effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe. As the Nazis liquidated the extermination camps in the East, they forced tens of thousands of Jewish prisoners westward on death marches. Transports arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp from Auschwitz in the winter of 1944/45. Unknown thousands of prisoners died on the way. Upon seeing this influx of new prisoners, the Communist-led underground at Buchenwald, which administered the camp on a day-to-day basis, made a conscious decision to protect the youths who were among the newest inmates. They established a children's block, barrack 66, led by Antonin Kalina, a Czech Communist and his deputy, Gustav Schiller, a Polish Jew. On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated. Nearly 1,000 boys survived. On April 11, 2010, 65 years later, several of the surviving boys from block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald. This is their story.