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Holocaust Movies (Since We're Forgetting)

Encompassed Runner
 
Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes
"Stories of Jewish resistance not part of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  Ben Kingsley narates."
Everything Is Illuminated
Everything Is Illuminated
"2005 art flick masterpiece.  A visually beautiful, serio-comic, evocative, personal, and different, yet powerful,  approach to remembering the Holocaust."
Out of the Ashes
Out of the Ashes
"Docudrama starring Christine Lahti as Dr. G. Perl being interrogated by INS panel for US citizenship (which would determine whether she could practice medicine) and in flashback recalling her Aucshwitz experience with Mengele (Jonathan Cake, chilling)  as INS evaluates her ethics.  Beau Bridges as INS questioner. Based on Perl's book "I Was a Doctor at Auschwitz.""
Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
"Recommend buying this famous movie solo, not as part of the Spielberg 2-pack to include Munich, which is a delusional movie, dangerous to the survival of Israel."
Schindler (1983 documentary) [VHS]
Schindler (1983 documentary) [VHS]
"Not be confused with Schindler's List, this is the VHS documentary look at Schindler, faults and all.  Interviews with widow, driver, and those Schindler saved.  Footage of Schindler himself."
The Long Way Home
The Long Way Home
"Superb documentary better to buy than only rent, as it should be shared, rewatched, shown to history classes, etc.  Jewish refugees/displaced persons after liberation and the Holocaust-Israel connection, as well as the international reaction to the situation, British betrayal, etc.  Warning: very graphic (living skeletons, corpse mounds, etc)"
Amen
Amen
"Suspense drama. Two men plead with Vatican to protest exterminations of Jews--a chemist SS officer (true person) who supplied Zyklon B for vermin, then saw it used for gassing Jews, and begged Catholics (& Protestants) to intercede, and a priest (fictional).  Sickening detachment, infuriating indifference, conspiracy of silence.  Subtly brilliant film, courageous in topic confronted."
Bonhoeffer
Bonhoeffer
"Documentary on martyred pastor Bonhoeffer in context of messed up Church that was mostly complicit with Nazis.  Captivating quality production gives insight into past shame and heroics, while suggesting serious applications for today's Christians, individually and corporately."
Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport
Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport
"Acad. Award winning documentary about the 10,000 children that left parents for safety  in Britain"
The Pianist
The Pianist
"Adrian Brody masterfully stars as pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman in this dramatization of his survival story.  While both documentaries and dramas are helpful, seeing the events play out in detail has a different effect than just hearing them recounted.  Takes place in Poland and the cinematography is excellent.  Won 3 Academy Awards."
The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone
"Partly based on eyewitness account by Jewish Auschwitz doctor, the drama depicts the uprising by the 12th of .13 Jewish Sonderkommando units (Jews who helped in extermination process by ushering into gas chambers, etc), who destroyed almost 1/2 of Auschwitz ovens."
Gray Matter
Gray Matter
"Decades after the Nazi eugenics program hundreds of murdered handicapped kids' brains were still being experimented on."
Uprising
Uprising
"Drama about the Jewish resistance known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  Big name stars (David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Hank Azaria, Leelee Sobieski.)"
Triumph of the Will (Special Edition)
Triumph of the Will (Special Edition)
"2006 release of the Nazi propaganda film circulated to rally Nazi support."
Genocide
Genocide
"Academy Award Best Documentary 1981.  Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles narrate."
Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg
Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg
"Based on true events of Wallenberg's attempts to secure Hungarian Jews' asylum in Sweden."
Auschwitz - Inside the Nazi State
Auschwitz - Inside the Nazi State
"Surprisingly good considering it's by BBC--usual documentary approach:  archival footage, testimonies, reenactments."
Never Forget [VHS]
Never Forget [VHS]
"Based on true story of Holocaust survivor's ingenius tactic to confront Holocaust denying organization by getting himself sued so court could acknowledge Holocaust.  Leonard Nimoy, Blythe Danner."
Shoah
Shoah
"This 9-1/2 hour documentary is expensive, but it can be checked out at some public libraries."
Billy Graham Presents: The Hiding Place
Billy Graham Presents: The Hiding Place
"Classic story of righteous Gentile Corrie ten Boom and her family.  Corrie was only family member to survive."
Nuremberg
Nuremberg
"DVD not VHS(despite photo); dramatization of Nuremberg trial of 21 Nazis.  Alec Baldwin."
Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful
"Beloved classic (drama)."
The Goebbels Experiment
The Goebbels Experiment
"From the diaries of Goebbels we hear the words of Hitler's master propagandist."
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days
"Docu-drama about Sophie, her brother and others in the White Rose movement, who got busted distributing resistance leaflets and maintained their integrity, not betraying their conscience avoid execution.  Some Christian themes (Sophie was Protestant), but little explicit that'd be offensive or even noticed by nonChristian viewers."
Escape from Sobibor
Escape from Sobibor
"Based on the mass escape from Sobibor death camp.  Suspenseful."
Secret Lives - Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII
Secret Lives - Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII
"Documentary of adults who were saved from Holocaust by being hidden as children by rescuers from all walks of life-explores emotional connections."
Anne Frank Remembered
Anne Frank Remembered
"Academy Award Best Doccumentary.  Kenneth Branagh narrates.  (Also recommend the other A. Frank movies.)"
Conspiracy
Conspiracy
Sugihara - Conspiracy of Kindness
Sugihara - Conspiracy of Kindness
"Documentary about Japanese Righteous Gentile Sugihara, who as Japanese Counsul to Lithuania saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust."
Fateless
Fateless
"Rather existentialist (sort of like a cross between Kafka's "The Trial" and, more especially, Camus' "The Stranger"), this based-on-true-story drama follows a Hungarian teen sent to the concentration camps and his return to Hungary."
Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Berga: Soldiers of Another War
"Simple documentary worth seeing because of uniqueness of topic:  American GIs separated from other POWs and taken to slave labor camps b/c suspected of being Jewish."
Downfall
Downfall
"Drama of the last days of Hitler, the Goebbels family, and others in his private headquarters.  Largely based on eyewitness account from Hitler's secretary, it humanizes Hitler too much--neglects his antiJewish remarks in will dictated to secretary, for ex.  Blood, amputating of body parts, some nudity."
Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary
Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary
"Documentary of Hitler's secretary being interviewed sharing her recollections about her experience--her naivete, Hitler's human side, the shock of truth, and her later regret.  Filmed shortly before her death; no archival footage."
American Experience - America and the Holocaust
American Experience - America and the Holocaust
"Shameful USA action/inaction.  (For US corporate shame see "IBM and the Holocaust" VHS, not on Amazon)"
Paper Clips
Paper Clips
"Documentary about White, Protestant, rural Tennessee community's middle school simple awareness-raising Holocaust Project gone huge--collected clips as symbols of victims, with clips accompanied by stories, Holocaust survivors visit, a boxcar memorial is set up.  Healing."
Shtetl: A Journal of the Holocaust [VHS]
Shtetl: A Journal of the Holocaust [VHS]
"Excellent 3 hour VHS, survivor from Bransk, Poland shtetl (wiped out in a day) joins gentile historian to find out what happened when 25,000 Bransk Jews died in 24 hours."
Lost Children of Berlin [VHS]
Lost Children of Berlin [VHS]
"(A Spielberg/Survivors of Shoah movie)1996 pilgrimage/reunion and pre-war reflections of 50 Jews who were from the last Jewish school in Berlin to be shut down.(Also, "Survivors of the Holocaust"VHS )"
Zvi: The Return [VHS]
Zvi: The Return [VHS]
"Zvi, Holocaust survivor and Israeli-Arab war hero revisits Poland.  (Also see, "Elie Wiesel Goes Home," "Kovino Ghetto," "Janovska" and "Zamir")"
Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
"2005 release of the 1962 Academy Award Best Documentary about Hitler.  Marlene Dietrich narrates."