Towards the end, a female tourist poses for a photograph in front of what was once used as a crematorium. She smiles at her boyfriend…, her arms outstretched as if she is claiming this space as her own. It is one moment among many that highlights the striking tension in Loznitsa’s film, between the faces of tourists wandering through the concentration camp memorials at Sachsenhausen and Dachau, and the absent faces of the millions who were slaughtered at both sites during the Holocaust.
Joanna Di Mattia
September 20, 2017