‘Verdict on Auschwitz’
Telling how but not why of Nazis
Newsday Staff Writer

January 12, 2007

The question may never be answered, but it never ceases to need asking: Why is it that the same human imagination capable of painting beautiful landscapes, composing haunting symphonies and inventing satellite radio is also tempted to devise elaborate ways to torture, poison and eviscerate masses of helpless men, women and children?

By the time one has listened to the second hour of recorded testimony from Holocaust survivors and witnesses in the three-hour documentary, “Verdict on Auschwitz,” that unanswerable question can be boiled down to the simpler “Why?” As in: Why would someone force-feed salty food to an innocent man, then tie his arms, dangle him from a pipe and keep a bucket of water just beyond his reach?