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The Last Stage
The Last Stage
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THE LAST STAGE

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Directed by Wanda Jakubowska
Poland, 1948
Drama

Synopsis

Within hours of arriving at Auschwitz, Martha Weiss is selected to be an interpreter, while her entire family is killed. She witnesses the cruelty of the guards and the SS mass murders, working with other female prisoners in the infirmary as they await for the Red Army to free them.

Synopsis

Within hours of arriving at Auschwitz, Martha Weiss is selected to be an interpreter, while her entire family is killed. She witnesses the cruelty of the guards and the SS mass murders, working with other female prisoners in the infirmary as they await for the Red Army to free them.

Our take

Widely celebrated as “the mother of all Holocaust films,” Polish director Wanda Jakubowska’s remarkable work is based on her experiences in Auschwitz, where she returned to shoot as early as 1948. Resilience shines through in this beautifully crafted paean to female solidarity in the darkest times.