Auschwitz Captured in Haunting Drone Footage (and a New Short Film by Steven Spielberg & Meryl Streep)

in History | February 1st, 2015

Drones can give us an extraordinary view of cities still in their prime — cities like Los Angeles, New York, London, Bangkok & Mexico City. They can also give us a rare glimpse of places no longer inhabited, places quieted by the unspeakable. We’ve shown you a drone’s-eye view of Chernobyl. This week, it’s Auschwitz. Shot by the BBC, this sobering footage carries us over the massive Nazi concentration, built in Southern Poland, where 1.1 million people died during World War II, most of them (90%) European Jews. Many died in the gas chambers. Others of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, and sadistic medical experiments.

Below, you can also watch a newly-released short documentary on Auschwitz. Produced by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Meryl Streep, it premiered last week before 300 Holocaust survivors in Auschwitz, helping to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.

Dan Colman is the founder/editor of Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus and share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox.

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  1. Summer says . . .
    February 1, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    It’s great that Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep worked together. Would like to see them working in a movie as well.

  2. A.J. Mell says . . .
    February 2, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Leave it to Steven Spielberg to end a film about Auschwitz with a grinning affirmation of the human spirit.

  3. Horst Wessel says . . .
    April 10, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    More of the typical, perpetual Hebrew flavoured muck!

  4. Agapito says . . .
    August 4, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Can’t say anything good or bad would not up load to watch so the hell with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yes and the first one was nothing but music and the same pictures over and over and over and over until some people were walking then the same music and pictures over and over and over and over.

  5. Agapito says . . .
    August 4, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    It finally up loaded and it was very sad and touching. It shows that although faced with terrible ordeals and odds of surviving such a terrible thing the human spirit is amazing. I can not even begin to imagine the will it took for those who had to do all the degrading jobs assigned to them by those crazy nazi bastards henchmen. God bless the survivors and may you have peace.

  6. Lynn says . . .
    December 22, 2015 / 7:59 am

    How very very moving.
    I’m so glad that I saw this today.
    Steven, you managed to create a stirring and vividly fresh and needful reminder of the hatred out there for the Jewish people.
    Though the attempt to remove them from the world scene and from their Land continues day to day, their enemy will not succeed.
    It is written ‘He that keepeth Israel, never slumbers nor sleeps.’
    And that’s why.

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