Project Description

Light in Dark Places tells the story of survival even in the bleakest hours of World War II.  We have completed 42 interviews involving survivors from the European campaign.  Individuals from the concentration camps, civilians from the U.S. and Europe, and former German, Russian (Jewish soldiers who fought under Stalin), and American soldiers have been interviewed for the film.  Most interviews are with primary sources, but a few interviews came from children or grandchildren (we conducted  interviews with the grandson of Dr. Otmar von Verschuer, Director of Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics in Germany—he was Mengele’s boss; Rainer Hoess, grandson of Auschwitz commandant, Rudolf Hoess, was interviewed; and child-survivor of Auschwitz, Eva Kor, who was part of experiments conducted by Josef Mengele, also gave of her time).   It was not unusual for the interviewees (and interviewer) to be in tears during filming because the stories told were so poignant. The purpose of this film is to demonstrate the extreme sacrifices made by so many during a very difficult time in history, and to show, in spite of the tragedies of war, that the human spirit triumphs.