A ‘prequel’, made in the summer of 2003 whilst researching a feature
film about the Hamburg reserve police battalion 101, which was involved
in the murder of 1.7 million Jews in occupied Poland during “Operation
Reinhardt” in 1942/43.
Fifteen hours of material, filmed on a simple
Mini-DV camera and originally intended as a visual aide-mémoire to
further develop the feature film, became a valid piece of filmmaking in
itself. Besides showing the places where the battalion was deployed and
stationed, the work also documents the death camps at Belzec, Sobibor
and Treblinka as well as the concentration camp Majdanek near Lublin.
LAND OF ANNIHILATION examines just how far it is possible to transpose
the crimes of the Nazi regime to the medium of film. It also analyses
how the suffering of Polish gentiles during the occupation has engraved
itself in the minds of people today and tries to find out what the
annihilation of a centuries-old Jewish culture has left behind. .