Wednesday January 27, 2016 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date the United Nations has chosen to commemorate victims of the Holocaust
during World War II. Six million Jews were murdered by Germany’s Nazi regime, along with 5 million non-Jews who were also murdered. The anniversary, marked
each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945. One million
people died there.
Film director, Philippe Mora and music legend Eric Clapton have joined forces to co-produce a very personal film – “Three Days in Auschwitz” – which details
life and death in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The official synopsis describes the film as follows:
As a Jew, born the year after the end of World War II, Philippe Mora was a second-generation holocaust
survivor who lost eight members of his family at Auschwitz. Unaware for many years about the role his father played in the French Resistance and how his
mother had evaded certain death at Auschwitz by one day, Philippe Mora takes us on a personal journey that many holocaust survivors have had to walk to try
to come to terms with the scale of inhumanity that the Nazis showed towards the Jews. From Melbourne to Paris and London, Mora traces the people who lived
through the horrors of concentration camps and discovers how his own life was very nearly extinct before he was even born.
“Three Days in Auschwitz” is the
story of how Mora was eventually driven to visit Auschwitz itself after decades of avoiding this death camp. His message is that while it remains a chapter
in our history that must never be forgotten – it should also be remembered that monsters did not carry out Hitler’s instructions for the Final Solution of
the Jewish Question, they were ordinary human beings. ‘To ignore this fact’, states Mora, ‘is to allow the next Hitler to arise and commit genocide.’ As
well as being a co-producer, Mora’s heartfelt film boasts a score which has been specially composed and performed by Eric Clapton.
The haunting sound of
Clapton’s guitar accompanying the train trucks ferrying thousands of Jews into their death on the rail tracks of Auschwitz is unforgettable, according to
Mora, who has a long-standing friendship with Clapton that goes back to their days as flatmates around the Kings Road in Chelsea when Mora was a young
artist and Clapton about to hit the big time in music. As well as Clapton’s soundtrack, Mora who has directed many films including Communion, Howling II
and III, Mad Dog Morgan, has showcased some of his paintings that were inspired by the memories of holocaust survivors and his feelings about the Nazis.
‘Are you a Jew?’ Hitler asks Mickey Mouse in one of Mora’s paintings.
“Three Days in Auschwitz” will be released on DVD and digital by Screenbound Pictures
on 9 May 2016, along with special public screenings.