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Sep 1, 2021A thorough and compelling docu-series about a man accused of being a war criminal.
While it is rather linear in it's telling of events, it does interview most of the remaining players to give you a good understanding of the power this trial had for it's time, and for the Jewish community.
It largely stuck to the relatively straightforward task of delineating events as they unfolded, although even here there were leaps and gaps in the telling I needed to fill in for myself via the internet after it was all over.
“The Devil Next Door” definitely has narrative twists, but in its current state it seems that five episodes were simultaneously too many and too few; if this is to be a straight retelling of history, the series drags. If it was meant to really interrogate the questions it raises, it’s not thorough enough. That said, it’s a chilling, often intriguing survey of an event that many of us may remember, but in our current political landscape is worth revisiting.
Unnervingly vivid and rich. ... Quibbles aside, it’s hard to imagine a more rewarding five hours of television than this encyclopedically detailed chronicle of an accused Nazi war criminal whose prolonged courtroom battles, which ended only with his death in 2012, said so much about the ineradicable memory of the history he represented.