History Film of the Year is awarded to landmark Auschwitz series

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The History Today Film Award for 2005 was awarded to Laurence Rees for his series Auschwitz: the Nazis and the ‘Final Solution’. The judges commented that they were “united in awe-struck admiration for the high production values, the extensive research, the nuanced complexity, the choice of witnesses which included unrepentant Nazis as well as Holocaust survivors, all of which carefully, soberly and compellingly charted the evolution of the devastating policy to exterminate the Jews of Europe. A masterpiece of a historical documentary and a worthy – if daunting – standard for the genre.”

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