DVD Review: Suskind
Suskind is a Dutch film based on the life of Walter Suskind during World War II. Escaping the persecution of the Jews in his native Germany, Suskind took his wife and child to live in the Netherlands with the intention of emigrating to the United States. Events overtook him and he soon found himself on the Jewish Council, responsible for the orderly arrangement and transportation of Jews to Westerbork transport camp, from where they were to be sent to Germany to work.
Once Suskind discovered what was actually happening, he, along with the help of a few close associates helped 600 children to escape.
Suskind is an engrossing film, watching Walter play a deadly game of politics, cosying up to the German hiererchy earned him no friends amongst the Jewish population, even towards the end of the film he was seen as a Nazi sympathiser rather than a saviour.
Whilst this is no big name, big budget affair like Schindler’s List, it is no less of an emotional story, once again showing that even in the midst of evil, good can prevail if there are people prepared to take the risk.
Rating: M Violence & nudity.