Taylor Y Zhou

Sep 26, 2021

3 min read

A Journey to the Holocaust

To cheer myself up in the gray days before Hurricane Ida, I binged on films about the Holocaust. Nazi propaganda staged scenes of gaiety and luxury in the Warsaw ghetto in Poland even as they systematically starved and shrank the population. Naked bodies strewn on the sidewalks were literally skin and bones, so skeletal they defied imagination. Allied troops who entered the concentration camps gaped in silence, alternately vomited, at the horror and emaciated bodies.

In A Journey to the Holocaust, filmmaker Paul Bachow traveled to Germany and Poland to better understand the stories his grandmother…