Gemmeker


Duration

1 x 33'


Year of Production

2020


Production Company

The Media Brothers


Commissioned By

RTL Netherlands


Definition

HD

A unique and confrontational interrogation experience

In 1948, Albert Gemmeker, the former commander of the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork, finds himself in an interrogation room opposite a man unknown to him. It soon turns out that Gemmeker's interrogator has a personal reason to force him to confess about his war past and the transportation of 80,000 Jews to the extermination camps.

This short drama film features a dramatic re-enactment based on the transcript of the interrogation of German SS officer, Albert Gemmeker, former commander of Camp Westerbork and Camp Westerbork survivor, Mauritz Frankenhuis. The original interview was conducted after WWII, when Gemmeker was awaiting his trial and sentence. Throughout the interrogation, Gemmeker insisted that he did not know what fate the Jews faced and that he was only executing orders.

Both moving and revelatory, the film also features never before seen footage of a deportation, secretly filmed during the production of a PR film about life in the Westerbork camp, which has been completely restored and colourised.