DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



Adi Kantor shows us pictures she took in Auschwitz – of the high fences around the camp’s pathways, the rows of barracks. She’s clicking through these views on her computer and ends up with images of parties in Cracow. Those raised hands holding beer glasses are like a gesture of victory, as if they had gotten something over with, says the historian who also gives tours of the Berlin “Topography of Terror” Documentation Centre, pointing at the picture. By contrasting these photos following each other without further ado, Christoph Hübner’s and Gabriele Voss’s film comes straight to the point: how do we imagine the connections between then and now? How is the perpetrators’ guilt perpetuated in the following generations? What are the – conscious or unconscious – feelings of the children and grandchildren of perpetrators and victims?

The culture of remembrance of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust is not just a matter of public awareness sustained by memorials and monuments, exhibitions and museums. It is also a matter of manifold and specific private confrontations. “Legacy” gives us a hint of a feeling of the weight a photo of one’s own father in SS uniform can have.

Lukas Stern

Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


Original Title: Nachlass
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 108 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss
Producer: Christoph Hübner Filmproduktion
Cinematographer: Christoph Hübner
Editor: Gabriele Voss
Music: Gilad Hochman
Sound: Stefan Korte
Script: Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.