Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., an engineer from Malden, Massachusetts, decided to become the Florence Nightengale of Death Row a humanitarian whose mission was to design and repair, electric chairs, lethal injection systems, gallows and gas chambers. In 1988, Ernst Zundel, publisher of "Did Six Million Really Die?" and "The Hitler We Loved and Why" commissioned Leuchter to conduct a forensic investigation into the use of poison gas in WWII Nazi concentration camps. Leuchter traveled to Auschwitz and illegally took brick and mortar samples for analysis in order to "prove" that the Holocaust never happened.
Leuchter fully expected his involvement with Ernst Zundel to be the crowning achievement of his career, but instead it ruined him. Reopening the doors to this century's keystone atrocity. Morris bypasses a more obvious discourse on bigotry to examine instead the origins of evil in vanity and self-deception.
A FOURTH FLOOR/SCOUT Production
Presented by INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL PRODUCTIONS
In Association with CHANNEL 4
Produced and Directed by...ERROL MORRIS
Produced by...MICHAEL WILLIAMS, DAVID COLLINS, DOROTHY AUFIERO
Executive Producers...JONATHAN SEHRING, CAROLINE KAPLAN, JOHN SLOSS
Director of Photography...PETER DOHAHUE
Additional Photography...ROBERT RICHARDSON
Production Designer...TED BAFALOUKOS
Original Music by...CALEB SAMPSON