Kino Lorber on March 28 will release, on DVD only, a pair of documentaries on the aftermath of the Holocaust.
The 2020 doc Filmmakers for the Prosecution and 1948’s Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today will be available on a single disc at a suggested retail price of $19.95.
For retailers, orders are due Feb. 28.
Adapted from Sandra Schulberg’s monograph, director Jean-Christophe Klotz’s Filmmakers for the Prosecution retraces the hunt for film evidence that could convict the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trial. The searchers were two sons of Hollywood — brothers Budd and Stuart Schulberg — serving under the command of OSS film chief John Ford. The motion pictures they presented in the courtroom became part of the official record and helped shape the public’s understanding of the Holocaust.
Seventy-five years after the trial, French journalist and filmmaker Klotz returned to the German salt mines where films lay burning, uncovered never-before-seen footage, and interviewed key figures to unravel why the resulting film about the trial — Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today by Stuart Schulberg — was intentionally buried by the U.S. Department of War. Klotz’s film also fills in the gaps of how these groundbreaking materials were sourced, and poses still-pertinent questions about documentarians’ obligations to posterity.
Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today shows how international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles,” laying the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.