"Species shame" is the phrase Martin Amis selects in his book Koba the Dread, to describe the feeling that washes over someone who considers the horrors and the outright insanity of Nazism. It's the insanity part that's most successfully captured in 1993's three-part documentary Verdict on Auschwitz, which is being given a stateside release on January 12. The film chronicles the happenings at the first Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt, Germany, which took place in 1963-1965, around the time of the Eichmann trial in Israel. Pieced together from 430 hours of audio tapes from 211 Auschwitz survivors, the resulting film will make you believe that some sort of tangible virus must have swept through the Nazi ranks, causing an outbreak of sheer lunacy that culminated in the most random nightmare scenarios imaginable at the Auschwitz camp. At one point, we are told of a deranged SS guard named Stark, who had the habit of naming Jewish women who arrived at Auschwitz "Sarah," and then shooting his Sarahs at random, unprovoked. That's one of dozens of similar memories dredged up in the film.