Failing to face the past

‘Labyrinth of Lies’ reveals how Germans did all they could to conceal the Nazi atrocities after World War II.

May 10, 2015 16:06
‘Labyrinth of Lies’ movie

‘Labyrinth of Lies’ movie. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Finally, there’s a German film that criticizes the failure of ordinary Germans to face up to the Nazi past. Unlike many recent German movies that blur the picture of what Germans did and didn’t know, “Labyrinth of Lies,” set in 1950s Germany, reveals how Germans did all they could to conceal the Nazi atrocities and let the perpetrators go unpunished.

The film is based on the true story of Fritz Bauer, an outlier prosecutor who overcame the opposition of his countrymen and almost single-handedly pursued German war criminals, leading to what eventually became known as the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials of the 1960s.


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