To better understand the nature of fanaticism, this film retraces the bloody history of the young volunteers who joined the SS, the Schutzstaffel.
Hitler created these ‘protection squadrons’ in 1925 to assure his personal security before using them to manage the repression of the regime’s real or imagined enemies and then, from 1942, the death camps.
Several SS members, still alive today, bear testimony to their membership of the ‘Black Order’.
During the 24 minutes of Inside the SS, Patrice d’Ollone takes us along parallel paths. On one side, the suffering of the victims bound for oblivion - a clear evocation of the death camps. The other side is the intoxication (Rausch in German) that millions of Nazis continued to feel as the heinous crimes were at their height.
The resulting music goes beyond the surface, it is filled with contrasts, coupled with troubling and provocative lyricism. One does not come away from this second journey unscathed.