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Where Death Wears a Smile (1985)

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clip Breakthrough

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Alex McClelland speaks about writing to Prime Minister Gorton to no avail. When he finally finds someone that believes he was imprisoned in the concentration camp at Terezin, misfortune strikes. McClelland is pouring through Gestapo records when he makes the breakthrough he has been looking for.

Curator’s notes

This part of the film is very dramatic, especially because McClelland finds a member of the English Parliament, Airey Neave, who actually believes him and has agreed to help. Before he can help though, he is killed in a terrorist bomb attack. This makes the climax of the clip, the breakthrough, even more poignant.

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