Cinema: The End of the Millennium

The Last Chapter. To a generation once removed from the holocaust of European Jewry, The Last Chapter will be an illuminated manuscript of what once was and can never be again. To some of those whose memories are longer, it will be a film almost too bitter to bear.

Producers Benjamin and Lawrence Rothman have pointedly avoided the customary chamber-of-horrors approach in their documentary history of the Polish Jews. There are no closeups of bulldozers pushing bodies into mass graves, no shots of the prisoners of Treblinka and Auschwitz. The narra tor, Theodore Bikel, never raises his voice a decibel above conversational...

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