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Hope Dies Last is based on the story of Józef Paczynski, a Polish political prisoner at Auschwitz who shaved the camp commandant Rudolf Hess every day for four years. There is a remarkable interplay between prisoner and leader.  The prisoner would like nothing better than to slit the Nazi commandant’s throat.  The Nazi commandant is fully aware of this and is fully confident that the prisoner never will.  This strange little battle of wills is a triumph for all concerned.