Nigel’s documentary with the 85 year old Michel Thomas was the first time that Thomas allowed his techniques to be made public. The subsequent success of the film transformed Thomas into a global celebrity and his method into one of the most highly regarded in the world of education.
Thomas was a remarkable teacher who developed a method of teaching languages to anyone, regardless of ability, in an extremely short period of time; days rather than years. His technique developed out his equally remarkable life story. As a French Resistance fighter he was captured and tortured by Klaus Barbie. As a US counter intelligence agent, he entered Dachau concentration camp the day it was liberated. Thomas' interrogation of crematorium workers led to the capture of Emil Mahl, "The hangman of Dachau", who was convicted of war crimes.