Gray Matter (2004)

In the spring of 2002, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger traveled to Vienna to witness the burial of the preserved brains of over 700 handicapped children that had been murdered in a “euthanasia” clinic as part of the Nazi eugenics program that many consider the opening act of the Holocaust. 

GRAY MATTER chronicles the director’s journey as he searches for Dr. Heinrich Gross, who not only allegedly participated in these murders, but also continued to experiment on the children’s remains for decades after the end of the war, while rising to prominence in Austrian society despite his past. Along the way, Berlinger meets clinic survivors and other remarkable voices who shed new light upon this shadowy legacy and the nation that now grapples with its own denial.


Awards

Gray Matter
Outstanding Research Nominee
Emmy Awards
2012
Gray Matter
Social Justice Award
Santa Barbara Film Festival
2012

Credits

Director
Joe Berlinger
Cinematography
Bob Richman
Robert Winkler
Narration
Joe Berlinger
Producers
Joe Berlinger
Michael Bonfiglio
Sidney Beaumont
Sound
Edward O'Connor
Bruno Pisek
Music
Wendy Blackstone
Screenplay
Joe Berlinger
Michael Bonfiglio
Editor
M. Wantanabe Milmore