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Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust

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Beyond The Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust is the story of Ben Altman and the miracle of life. As a child, Ben wanted to become a painter but his life circumstances did not allow that freedom, instead he learned the practical skills of a tailor. During WWII, Ben s first wife and son were captured and taken to Auschwitz. After spending the night together on the streets of a ghetto in Poland, they were separated when Ben left them in the early morning to find work. He never saw them again. Later, Ben was also captured by the Nazis and placed in 5 different camps around Poland. Ben survived the camps because his skills were useful to the Nazis. After his camp was freed by the Russians, Ben went on to live in San Francisco and to make his living as a tailor, eventually becoming the official tailor for the San Francisco Opera House. It was after his retirement that a lifetime of memories poured out of him, and onto his canvases. The images of his dreams and emotions are not only a powerful reminder of a brutal period in his life and in human history, but they are also an inspiration and a reminder that our thoughts create who we are. Featuring commentary and insight by Fred Alan Wolf, best selling author and star of the hit film What the Bleep Do We Know , Beyond The Barbed Wire is testament of the human will to survive and transcend even the most horrifying and powerless situations, never losing hope and never losing sight of our dreams.

What we re dealing with in terms of creation, is not only just creation, but creation and Annihilation. Fred Alan Wolf (What The Bleep Do We Know)

Title: Beyond The Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust, 80 mins plus Special Features, RYE 1075 - reality-entertainment.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ben Altman, Fred Alan Wolf
  • Directors: Reality Films
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Reality Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00383XYMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust" on IMDb

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There can be no doubt that the Holocaust remains one of the most horrifying events of human history. Its costs are well-documented and forever tragic. But even this is not always enough. Understanding the immensity of this period requires more than simple texts. It instead requires truth.

And "Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artist's View of the Holocaust" offers that.

Incredibly moving, "Beyond the Barbed Wire" is a must-see for any viewer. Charting the story of Ben Altman--painter, tailor, survivor--the film explains the beginnings of war and its all-too tangible results. Altman's story will put a face to the facts and, in that, viewers will understand the relevance.

All should note, however, that this is not a tepid story. Details are given, unflinchingly. And, for some, this may prove to be too much. But all will still find this film to be worthwhile and powerful.
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I had heard really good things about this video so I decided to check it out. I was not disappointed. The subject matter is obviously very heavy and is treated with a great deal of respect. For those who want to go beyond the history books, this is a very personal account and truly shows the human side of this dark time. Highly recommended.
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This story is such a powerful testament to the human spirit. Ben Altman survived hell, and as dark as that era was, his story needs to be told and this DVD does a wonderful job of doing that. It is amazing and so inspiring that people can suffer such horrific tragedy and yet their spirit not be broken.
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It's hard for me to watch any film regarding the Holocaust since it was such a horrific period in history. My oldest daughter is taking some classes in college and has always been fascinated with the atrocities committed by Hitler and his army. So, we watched Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artist's View Of The Holocaust.

What I first liked about this film is the title. It's the artist's view of the Holocaust. We aren't getting a dry history lesson from a college professor, textbooks, or even a typical documentary. Instead, Ben Altman, who survived Auschwitz and always dreamed to be a painter, narrates and uses some of his artwork to show the viewer what he remembers from those nightmare years. There's no matter-of-fact professional voice over actor narrating. On the contrary, Mr. Altman relays with deep emotion what he experienced. The photographs are also very good, helping the viewer to get a full grasp on what these victims went through.

So many times when watching a documentary I felt almost guilty for being so entertained by someone else's misery. However, the filmmaker went to great lengths to make this work something very respectful and very real.

Something everyone can learn from this film is no matter how horrible your past may have been, there's no reason why you can't make your present and future far better. You can still pursue dreams after the nightmare is over.
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By Shane on May 18, 2013
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This video was recommended to me by a co-worker of mine who is also a history buff. The Holocaust is amongst the darkest times in history. This video helps shed further light and should be required viewing in the schools.
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