The Last Days

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The Last Days
The Last Days.jpg
Directed by James Moll
Produced by June Beallor
Kenneth Lipper
Music by Hans Zimmer
Release date
  • October 23, 1998 (1998-10-23) (Los Angeles)
  • February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05) (U.S. limited)
  • July 15, 1999 (1999-07-15) (Australia)
  • September 9, 1999 (1999-09-09) (Hungary)
  • October 8, 1999 (1999-10-08) (UK)
Running time
87 min.
Language English, German and Hungarian

The Last Days is a documentary, directed by James Moll and produced by June Beallor and Kenneth Lipper in 1998. Steven Spielberg was one of the executive producers, in his role as founder of the Shoah Foundation. The film tells the stories of five Hungarian Jews during the Shoah. It focuses on the horrors of life in the Nazi concentration camps, but also stresses the optimism and desire to survive of the survivors.

The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1]

Shoah survivors Bill Basch, Irene Zisblatt, Renee Firestone, Alice Lok Cahana, Tom Lantos, Dario Gabbai who was a Greek Jew from Salonica, and Randolph Braham are featured in the film.

Also featured in this film was Dr. Paul Parks, a fraud who makes false claims about his involvement in the war. Dr. Parks makes the claim that he was instrumental in the liberation of the Dachau Labour camp while serving in an all black unit assigned to the 183rd infantry, a blatant lie. [2] This man is also featured in the documentary, Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II, which was also deemed a fraudulent documentary but was still nominated for an Academy Award. [3]

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  1. ^ "New York Times • The Last Days". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Parks Stands by World War II Stories". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ "Ceremony Marks 20 Years Since Oscar Nominated Sham". Time of Israel. 

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