2nd Annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture Richard Breitman
The September 23, 1999 Cohen Center Holocaust Memorial Lecture delivered by Richard Breitman at Keene State College entitled, "Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Amercians Knew."
60 Minutes: Hitler's Secret Archives
The largest archive of Nazi documents is in Bad Arolson, Germany, where 50 million files detail the horror endured by 17.5 million victims of the Third Reich. Among the victims whose stories are held here: Anne Frank and the Jews on Schindler's list. Scott Pelley travels to the immense archive with three Jewish Holocaust survivors who see, for the first time, the detailed paperwork the Nazis kept on their torturous imprisonment. DVD only. Airdate: 12/17/06
All But My Life
Gerda Weissmann Klein, 2007 Cohen Center Holocaust Memorial Lecturer. All But My Life is the World War II memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein. In these pages, she recollects when the Nazis arrived in Poland on September 3, 1939. She was imprisoned in German work camps until the camp was liberated on May 7, 1945. Gerda was born and raised in Poland; and she probably would have lived peacefully in her hometown her whole life--if the Nazis hadn't invaded and taken her from her home in Bielitz. Her journey is not an easy one; she is one of the few who survived. Holocaust stories are nothing new. The Diary of Anne Frank--along with other memoirs and autobiographical works--depict the Nazi occupations, marches, death camps, and other atrocities. These personal stories are important because they add the human dimension to the history of a time. Gerda saw everything stripped away--"all but her life." Her life was shattered; and her experiences were such horrors. Friends, family, home--all was lost; inextricably gone. But, then... life goes on. She married one of the men who liberated her from the camp. She went on with life, and she manages to infuse her faith and passion for life into this tale of survival. BOOK ON TAPE.
Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur) is a World War II SS officer and chemist who is horrified to learn that the pellets he helped to develop are being used in concentration camps to gas Jews. He secretly tells a young Jesuit priest, Father Riccardo (Mathieu Kassovitz), who promises to pass the information on to Vatican representatives, in hopes that the information will be relayed to the pontiff, who could then reveal the Nazis' true intentions and stop the Jewish genocide. (130 min)
America and the Holocaust
In 1937, Kurt Klein emigrated to the United States from Germany to escape the growing discrimination against Jews that had become a terrible fact of life following Hitler's rise to power. Klein worked hard to establish himself so that he could obtain safe passage for his parents out of Germany. But, like other American Jews, he struggled with State Department red tape and indifference as he sought to rescue his family. Americans were becoming aware of the stories coming out of Europe about a campaign to force Jews out of Germany and about the horros of Kristallnacht in 1938. But american society had political, economic, and social problems of its own, including serious unemployment brought on by the Depression and long-standing -- and rising -- antisemitism. Over 100 antisemitic organizations blanketed the U.S. with propaganda, businesses refused to hire Jews, and certain hotels and clubs proudly proclaimed themeselves "Restricted." Even the government was not immune to antisemitic sentiments. America and the Holocaust paints a troubling picture of the U.S. during a period beset by antisemitism. It reveals a government that not only delayed action but also suppressed information and blocked efforts that could have resulted in the rescue of hundreds of thousands of people, including the family of Kurt Klein. VHS and DVD. 90 minutes. WGBH production.
Anne Frank: The Life of a Young Girl
From A&E Biography. DVD only. 50 minutes.
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Directed and written by Louis Malle. Based on Malle's experience, this film documents the story of Julien, a Catholic schoolboy, and his friend Jean, a Jew being sheltered by a courageous French priest. After an act of betrayal, the Gestapo deports Jean and the priest to Auschwitz. Julien must say goodbye to his friend - and to his childhood. In French with English subtitles. (JHS/MS+). Color. (103 min)
Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died
A 24-minute video chronicling the journey of two Holocaust survivors as they revisit the hell they knew as Auschwitz Concentration Camp. This compelling video illustrates how the prejudice, intolerance, and violence that characterized the Holocaust provide timely lessons for all of us today. This revised edition now features youth discussing these important topics. The accompanying teacher's guide provides rich materials for further class discussion around the dangers of prejudice, the value of diversity, and the need to respect others. Visit WWW.IMPACTAMERICAFD.ORG fo additional information. VHS and DVD.
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
Auschwitz occupies a chilling and disturbing place in the history of humankind. It began as a Nazi labor campt to terrorize the local Polish population and evolved intothe site of the largest mass murder ever recorded. This six-part series, narrated by actress Linda Hunt presents an in-depth examination of the camp's evolution and the decisions that enabled such an incomprehensibly inhuman place to come into being. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key decision-making moments, and their extraordinary testimony. While never losing sight of the suffering of the victims, this documentary offers a unique and alarming look at the mindset of the perpetratos - killers like the Commandant of Auschwitz Rudolf Hoess, camp doctor Josef Mengele, and SS Commander Heinrich Himmler. Written and produced by laurence Rees, the Creative Director of BBC History Programs. The historical and script consultant for the series is the award-winning Hitler biographer, Professor Ian Kershaw. DVD only. See http://www.keene.edu/cchs/t_resources/Inside%20the%20Nazi%20State.pdf for clips for classroom useage.
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (Educator's Edition)
In January and February 2005, Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State, a six-hour documentary television series, aired on U.S. public television and the BBC in Great Britain. The series chronologically explores the evolution of Auschwitz and introduces perpetrators from all levels of the Nazi bureaucracy who were involved in the design, construction, and administration of the camp. Interspersed is the testimony of Holocaust survivors. This Educator's Edition DVD-ROM is a comprehensive multimedia teaching tool designed to serve the needs of secondary, postsecondary, adult educators and students. Featuring video segments from the original documentary series, the DVD-ROM includes printiable primary materials that correlate to national curriculum standards. Included on this disc: 27 video segments from the seies, with discussion questions; 122 photographs; 25 maps and charts; 28 background readings; 19 primary resources; 14 l;iterary extracts; 4 complete units, with detailed lesson lans.
Fourteen people who live in one small community on the Virginia Peninsula witnessed first hand the greatest atrocity in world history, the Nazi Holocaust of European Jews. Jewish Survivors who lived in the concentration camps and Nazi occupied territories join American soldiers who liberated those camps to bear witness to Adolf Hitler's murderous rampage. In To Bear Witness/A Living Testimonial of the Holocaust, Writer/Director Eric Allan Futterman unfolds the story of how, on a day to day basis, Hitler and his Nazi regime built a wall around the lives of German and European Jews, whittling away their rights, one by one, until they had none. In this highly educational documentary, Futterman goes beyond the breathtaking stories of fear and survival and asks how this could happen in what at the time was deemed a highly civilized and educated society. This beautifully photographed documentary is also broken up in parts, making it ideal for teachers and professors from middle school to college to impart well researched and first hand historical information to their students. For students of history this documentary creates valuable testimony from eyewitnesses to the world's most significant conflict. VHS.
Belarus 2004: Remembering the Jews of Kamenka
Belarus 2004 DVD.
Caring with Dignity
Over fifty years of helping Holocaust survivors. (15 minutes)
The Children Of Izieu
On April 6, 1945, one month before the end of WW II, the Gestapo from Leon, under Klaus Barbie, sent two vans to the French village of Izieu. The mission was to kill the hidden children of an orphanage known as La Maison d'Izieu. In a senseless raid, 44 Jewish children aged 4 to 17 years, and 5 adult caretakers were thrown into a van and sent to Auschwitz and immediately gassed. The people who were interviewed in this film are the last living eyewitnesses to the raid, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, who hunted and brought Barbie to justice, and two hidden children who lived to bear witness. (HS). B/W & Color. (28 minutes.)
On January 20, 1942, 15 officials attended a conference at Wannsee on the outskirts of Berlin. Comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers, the meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann, under the direction of the ruthless and efficient Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was to be a polite conference with food, wine, and some debate, but beneath this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the meeting's close, the SS had gained control of the genocide that was to become the Holocaust. This 2001 HBO production stars Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci and is excellent in developing the personalities of those involved and the bureaucratic and legal contingencies the SS manipulated. This film is highly recommended by the Coordinator of Educational Outreach. DVD and VHS. (HS+). Color. (96 minutes)
The first feature film about the Holocaust directed in Germany by a German Jew. It is the story of a teenage boy growing up during the Holocaust, losing his family, and being forced into hiding, eventually escaping with the help of friends. German with English subtitles. (JHS/MS+) Color. (106 min)
Days Of Memory
Documentary video about the history, civilization and culture of the Jews of Lithuania before, during and after World War II. (General) Color & B/W. (75 mins.)
The Death March Of The Jews From The Concentration Camp At Flossenburg
Flossenburg was the third largest Nazi Concentration Camp in Germany. In April 1945 while U.S Army troops were closing in, more than 16,000 Jews were put to death; this is their story told from diaries by the survivors. (JHS/MS+) Color. (45 mins)
The little known story of Turkey and the Holocaust...of what happened there and abroad, of what it did and what it could not do - as the world around it plunged into darkness. At a time when millions were murdered before the eyes of an indifferent world, there were some men, and at times, some governments, who chose to act - not for praise, not for glory, but in the name of simple human decency. In doing so, they dispelled the myths that people were powerless to resist the Nazis. Desperate Hours is an inspiring story of how a Muslim country gave refuge to German Jews and how its diplomats risked their own lives to save Jews from concentration camps. Desperate Hours tells the stories of those precious few who, in the face of utter darkness, never lost their sight. In telling these little known stories from WWII, the film documents this moment in time, when groups of Muslims, Jews and Christians all worked together to save lives. Some of the areas explored in the film are: How Turkish diplomats in France and Rhodes put their own lives at risk rescuing Jews of Turkish origin. How Turkey recruited the talented men and women Hitler discarded to revamp Turkish sciences, architecture, music, medicine, legal education, and art. How the Yishuv -Jews from Pre-State Israel- daringly used Turkey as a base to rescue Jews in locales such as the famous Pera Palace Hotel - terminus of the Orient Express. The tragic sinking of the Struma Refugee Ship with 760 refugees aboard and the odyssey of its lone survivor- David Stoliar. How Monsignor Roncalli (who later became Pope John XXIII), then the Apostolic Delegate in Istanbul, worked with delegates of the Yishuv and whose experiences there later inspired him to change Catholic teaching towards Jews. The infamous "Jews for Sale" deal - the attempt in 1944 to trade one million Jews for 10,000 trucks. Desperate Hours is based on authoritative scholarship by American, Israeli, Turkish, and Italian historians as well as interviews with survivors, former diplomats and clergy in Israel, Italy, Turkey, Austria and the United States. Shenandoah Films produced Desperate Hours in association with The Berenbaum Group and Mainstreet. Desperate Hours is directed and produced by Victoria Barrett. Dr. Michael Berenbaum is the Executive producer, historian and writer. Ronald Goldfarb is the producer for Mainstreet. "Desperate Hours, a new documentary about Turkey's role in the Holocaust, is proof that there are still stories to be told and people to be applauded." - Jerusalem Post
Drancy: A Concentration Camp in Paris 1941-1944
During WWII, France deported 74,000 Jews to Nazi death camps. Fewer than 3,000 survived. This award-winning documentary describes, in detail, the structure of the Holocaust in France. It identifies individuals and organizations responsible, and provides exact information as to when, where and how mass arrests were organized. It explains how, in full view of the French public, Jews were taken from Drancy, a half-built housing estate in Paris, and put on French trains bound for Auschwitz. The film's interviewees are survivors and eye-witnesses who give first-hand accounts of what happened. This one-hour film is now available on DVD and is essential for anyone wanting to understand how the Holocaust was implemented. 52 minutes. DVD only.
Eagles Over Auschwitz: "The Triumph of the Return"
Eagles Over Auschwitz is the compelling story of the historic flyover of Auschwitz-Birkenau by three Israeli F-15s. Meet Yitzhak Cohen, a survivor of the camp, and Al Weber, and American Jewish aviator who flew over Auschwitz on a bombing mission with the 15th Army Air Force on September 13, 1944. Hear their personal reflections of that time and watch with the officers of the IDF as the F-15s fly over the camp on September 4, 2004. Produced by Yad Vashem. 26 minutes.
Echoes Of Silence
A very effective and moving promotional film for the Martyrs Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust in Los Angeles. (15 min)
The Eighty-First Blow
Consisting of footage and stills shot by the Nazis, this award-winning 1974 production chronicles the measures taken to exterminate the Jews. The video takes its title from a story about a Jewish boy in one of the ghettos who was struck with 80 blows. He survived and immigrated to Israel where no one believed his story - this for him was the 81st blow. Note: May have some graphic footage. (JHS/MS+). Color. (115 min)
Elie Wiesel Goes Home
This compelling and touching film follows Nobel Peace Prize winner and acclaimed author, Elie wiesel, as he returns to Sighet, the village of his birth in what was part of Hungary during World War II. Now, fifty years later, elie wiesel returns to his homeland and walks down the same roads he walked as a child. He then continues on to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the camp from which he was liberated at the end of the war. ELIE WIESEL GOES HOME takes us on an emotional and compelling journey that tells the story of the man whose voice speaks out for victims of oppression all over the world. (2002. 108 minutes.)
Europa Europa: A True Story
This is a fascinating true story of Solomon Perel, a courageous German-Jewish teenager who survived WWII by concealing his true identity and by living as a Nazi for seven harrowing years through three countries. On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah in 1938 his sister is killed by Nazis, and so begins Solly's odyssey that becomes an unbelievable epic of survival. In German and Russian with English subtitles. (HS+). Color. (115 min)
Set in 1944, as Hitler's Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe, Fateless is the semi-autobiographical tale of a 14 year-old Jewish boy from Budapest, who finds himself swept up by cataclysmic events beyond his comprehension. A perfectly normal metropolitan teen who has never felt particularly connected to his religion, he is suddenly separated from his family as part of the rushed and random deportation of his city's large Jewish population. Brought to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity and adaptation, and he is never quite sure if he is the victim of his captors, or of an absurd destiny that metes out salvation and suffering arbitrarily. When he returns home after the liberation, he missed the sense of community he experienced in the camps, feeling alienated from both his Christian neighbors who turned a blind eye to his fate, and the Jewish family friends who avoided deportation and who now want to put the war behind them. Based on the autobiographical novel by Hungarian Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész and built in vignettes. DVD. 140 minutes
For Tomorrow: The Story and Poetry of Hilda Stern Cohen
The story of Hilda Stern Cohen (1924-1997), a Holocaust survivor, poet, and Jewish educator. Her remarkable life spans an idyllic childhood in a small rural village in Germany, the horrors of the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz, the limbo of a displaced persons camp in Austria, and the redemptive value of spirituality and a reclaimed Jewish identity in post World-War II America. A unique experiment in telling stories of the Holocaust for future generations. Special features include Elizabeth Bolton's performance of song settings of nine poems by Hilda Stern Cohen, as composed by William Gilcher. 90 minutes. DVD.
The Garden Of Finzi-Continis
This Vittorio DeSica classic relates the gradual destruction of an aristocratic Jewish family due to Mussolini's antisemitic edicts and their own detachment. This film received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation. Italian with English subtitles. Rated R. (Adult). Color. (95 min)
Genocide; The World At War, Vol. 20
A documentary that tells the story of Hitler's "Final Solution" and exposes the methodical destructiveness of the Nazi era. Set within the historic frame, from 1920 to 1945, this film exposes the methodical insanity of the Nazi era. Extraordinary footage and interviews with death camp survivors, as well as with Germans who were directly involved in implementing the "Final Solution." Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. (JHS/MS/HS+). Color & B/W. (52 min)
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
The history of the Jews is a history of involvement: with Near Eastern and Classical civilization in the Biblical period, with Christendom and Islam in the Middle Ages, with the nations of all the earth in modern times. It is a history as old as civilization itself, and it is the history of the involvement of one people with civilization. The involvement was total, complex and reciprocal. It was total in the sense that the Jewish people never enjoyed the luxury of detachment: even when intermittently masters of in their own land, that land was the vortex of all surrounding lands and shared their fates. It was complex in the Jewish people, before and above any other people, experienced the tension of diaspora and homeland, a tension ever shifting but never resolved. It was reciprocal in that Judaism took, learned and borrowed from the civilizations of other peoples - but at the same time contributed in essential respects to civilization at all times and in many different places. The interaction of Jewish history and Western civilization successively assumed different forms. In the Biblical and Ancient periods, Israel was an integral part of the Near Eastern and classical world, which gave birth to Western civilization. It shared the traditions of ancient Mesopotamia and the rest of that world with regard to it's own beginning; it benefited from the decline of Egypt and the other great Near Eastern empires to emerge as a nation in it's own right; it asserted it's claim to the divinely promised Land of Israel and struggled to a precarious independence there for a thousand years until forced to yield to the greater power of Greece and Rome. In the Medieval era Jewish history took place on a larger stage, including all of Europe and the Mediterranean world. Fewer and fewer Jews were able to remain on the soil of the Holy Land itself. For more and more of them, it became the object of prayerful longing as they sought refuge in all the lands of the dispersion. Gradually the pious hope of a return to the true homeland gave way to the more practical desire to participate in the life of their new surroundings. But no matter how deeply the Jews became involved in the various lands of the dispersion, they faced the necessity of being uprooted again and again. They became the classical example of a diaspora population: confined or committed to intellectual or commercial pursuits; linked to their co-religionists in other lands through the bond of a common faith as interpreted by rabbinic authority; and an ever yearning to live, or at least to die, in the Holy Land. The contemporary pattern of Jewish life presents another model for it's interaction with civilization. Where previously that life had been concentrated successively in Israel and the diaspora, it is now balanced between the two. Israel is once again politically sovereign, and it commands a central position in Judaism, both culturally and emotionally. But equally significant centers of Jewish population and hence of Jewish cultural, religious, and political activity exist in the United State, the Soviet Union and other parts of the diaspora. World Jewry, as always, continues to gravitate towards the rising centers of world civilization and hence to play a part in the shaping of world events. At the same time it lives in a creative tension with Israel. The interdependence of diaspora Jewry with the Israel on the one hand and with world civilization on the other, characterizes the present scene and will no doubt influence yet other patterns, whatever the precise shape they may take in the future. Episodes: A People is Born 3800-586BCE The Power of the Word 586-72CE The Shaping of Traditions 30-732CE The Crucible of Europe 732-1492 Search for Deliverance 1492-1789 Roads from the Ghetto 1789-1925 The Golden Land 1654-1930s Out of the Ashes 1919-1947 Into the Future 1880-1990s
Hitler's Holocaust (Vols. 1-6)
Six Volume set from invasion to the final toll. 1. Invasion 2. Decision 3. Ghetto 4. Mass Murder 5. Resistance 6. Final Toll 3 disc DVD set.
Hitler's Secret Archive - (60 Minutes)
The largest archive of Nazi documents is in Bad Arolson, Germany, where 50 million files detail the horror endured by 17.5 million victims of the Third Reich. Among the victims whose stories are held here: Anne Frank and the Jews on Schindler's list. Scott Pelley travels to the immense archive with three Jewish Holocaust surviors who see for the first time the detailed paperwork the nazis kept on their torturous imprisonment. This aired on 60 Minutes on 12/17/06. DVD.
A review of documents, authentic films and photographs of the Holocaust. Episodes of Jewish resistance to the Nazi regime are depicted during a visit to Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem museum built as a memorial to both the victims of the Holocaust and the heroes of the Ghetto resistance. Much of the footage was shot by the Germans. (General Audience). B/W. (23 min.)
This 1978 miniseries conveyed to millions of Americans their first exposure to the tragedy and horror of the Holocaust. The travails of the fictional Weiss family as they are uprooted, deported, and eventually killed in Nazi death camps is movingly portrayed. Stars Michael Moriarty, Rosemary Harris, Meryl Streep, Sam Wanamaker, and Joseph Bottoms. Winner of several Emmy Awards.
Holocaust Aftermaths: Holocaust Survivors, Their Children and Memory
Holocaust Survivor Testimonies
This collection of 4 DVDs was recorded at the International Winter Seminar in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem between January 10-January 24, 2007. DVD 1: The Valley of Communities: Pre-War Jewish Life. Hanna Pick (Germany-Holland - Childhood friend of Anne Frank), Ruth Brand (Romania/Hungary). Approx. 40 mins. DVD 2: A workshop with three Holocaust survivors facilitated by Moshe Sternberg. Israel Orzach (Poland), Elisheva Lehman (Holland), Rina Quint (Poland). Approx 120 mins. DVD 3: A testimony on Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, and life after liberation by Ruth Brand (Romania/Hungary-Auschwitz). Approx. 75 mins. DVD 4: A visit to the grave of Oskar Schindler on Mt. Zion with Nachum and Genya Manor (Schindler Jews). Approx. 60 mins.
Holocaust: In Dark Places
This videocassette features four shorts dealing with the Holocaust. "In Dark Places" (58 minutes), a 1978 film by Gina Blumfeld that records interviews with several survivors and their children, with a special segment with Susan Sontag. Interspersed between the interviews is a dramatic piece entitled "Survivors," performed by the New Artef Players. The three other shorts are "How Come Israel?," a mini drama using fighting children in a metaphoric game of "pogrom"; "The Good Omen," a Polish folktale of renewal with painting by Shay Rieger; and "The Hangman," a 1964 animated short dealing with the responsibility of the silent bystander. (90 min)
The Holocaust: In Memory Of Millions
The story of the Holocaust hosted by Walter Cronkite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. From the halls of the museum, Cronkite chronicles the entire story of the Holocaust from the rise of the Nazi party and their plan to annihilate the Jewish people, to tales of incredible bravery among the Holocaust survivors and the liberators of camps. (7th grade+). Color. (90min)
Holocaust: Liberation Of Auschwitz
The Soviet cameraman who filmed the original 18 minutes of footage describes the death camp. He tells of the horrific sights he and his comrades witnessed. When Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, the cameraman accompanied them to record the liberation process. This powerful program incorporates the personal impressions of the cameraman, Alexander Woronzow, with his haunting footage. Contains footage never seen in the Western world before. Originally used by Russia for the prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials. Warning: Not recommended for unprepared audiences due to the Intensely graphic presentation of atrocities. (Adult). Color & B/W. (55 min.)
I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People During the Holocaust
During the Holocaust, a handful of young people chose to write and record in diaries throughout Europe. The documentary film developed by MTV, I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust, weaves together excerpts of young writers' diaries covering the years 1937 - 1944 and is based on the book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, by Alexandra Zapruder. The companion study guide aims to help educators use the voices of these young writers from the film and the book as a springboard for discussion and reflection on the value of these diaries as historical sources and literary records. It also provides an avenue for discussing the power of our words to make a difference in the world. DVD. 48 minutes.
Inheritance: A Nazi Legacy and the Journey to Change It
Amon Goeth was an SS offer in the German army during World War II who oversaw operations at a concentration camp in Plaszow, Poland. In 1946, Goeth was found guilty of murder of the thousands who were executed at Plaszow by a Polish tribunal, and he was executed for his crimes; he was survived by his wife and young daughter. After Goeth's death, his wife frequently told her daughter Monika that Goeth was the victim of a tremendous misunderstanding and he was a good and noble man at heart; when Monika began to learn the truth about her father's crimes, her mother committed suicide and Monika was forced to deal with her family's dark history on her own. In 2002, almost ten years after Ralph Fiennes delivered a fearsome performance as Amon Goeth in the film Schindler's List, Monika Herwig published a book in Germany about the memories of her father she grew up with and the truth she had to come to terms with; around the same time, documentary filmmaker James Moll came into contact with Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a surviving inmate of the Plaszow camp who worked as a servant in the Goeth family's quarters. Moll arranged for Monika and Helen to meet at the ground of the Plaszow camp for an interview, and Inheritance documents their conversation as Monika is confronted with her father's ugly legacy and Helen recalls the horrors she faced and the friends who did not survive. It's a brutally honest, gut-wrenching, and emotional journey that brings both closure and new questions. DVD. 75 minutes.
Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers
This is the story of 29-year-old Irena Sendler who saw the suffering of Warsaw's Jews, and reached out to her most trusted colleagues for help, and outwitted the Nazis during World War II. Together, they rescued over 2,500 Jewish children. This film expertly captures the will and character of the women of the resistance against the backdrop of occupied Poland.
Jehovah's Witnesses: Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault
As the Nazi killing machine engulfed Europe with terror, thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses suffered brutal persecution. Why? Because they stood firm in their beliefs and boldly spoke out against the cruelty of Nazism. In this video, 10 historians from Europe and North America and over 20 witness survivors, join in relating a story of courage. (JHS/MS+). Color. (78 min.)
Kaddish: I Am Here
On September 8, 2011, a unique concert featuring the stirring words of Holocaust survivors, performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra - IBA, soloists and choirs from Israel and the United States, and conducted by Gil Shohat took place at Yad Vashem. Kaddish - I Am Here was originally commisisoned to honor the 25th anniversary of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College.
The Kovno Ghetto
This film pieces together the story of the Jews of Kovno from the first stirrings of the war to the annihilationof the ghetto just days before the city's liberation. 18 survivors tell their harrowing stories of survival and loss. (General Audience). Color. (100 min)
Kovno Ghetto: A Buried History
KOVNO GHETTO features moving interviews that bring to light atrocities that are stunning in their scope, and more so in that they are rarely mentioned. Discover how fellow townsmen murdered 6,000 Kovno Jews in one horrible day! Find out how the Germans forced all Jews to move to the ghetto of Slobodka, then killed thousands when the population got too crowded. And hear gut-wrenching stories of loss from survivors who were helpless to save family members and loved ones in the face of the machinery of hatred and death. In the memories of those who persevered we are reminded of man's capacity for evil, and of the necessity to never let such abominations occur again.
The Last Days
This film traces the compelling experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors during the final days of World War II. Newly discovered historical footage and a rare interview with a form Nazi doctor at Auschwitz. 1998 Academy Award: Best Documentary. Steven Spielberg and The Shoah Foundation. (General Audience). Color. (87 mins)
Of the many documentaries on World War II, Liberation is unique in addressing two themes in a single film: the dramatic story of the battle waged on two fronts during the war - the Allied campaign to liberate Europe and Adolf Hitler's genocidal war against the Jews. Interwoven throughout this film are the compelling stories of the Jews of Europe - unforgettable stories of tragedy, courage, resistance, and survival. Liberation exposes the audience to the inescapable and sobering reality that while Hitler was losing the war on the Allied front, the Nazis were winning their war against the Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust. The film reaches its climax with the dramatic liberation of Paris, the Benelux countries, and the death camps, through to V-E Day. This video combines film footage, period music and radio broadcasts. Features archival black and white footage. (HS). B/W. (100 min.)
The Liberation Of Aushwitz (1945)
This documentary, produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the camp at Auschwitz, contains previously unreleased film material of the event as well as an interview with the eyewitness Soviet cameraman, Alexander Vorontsov. The film footage was shot by the Soviets between January 27 and February 28, 1945 in Auschwitz and Birkenau. (HS+). B/W & Color. (55 mins).
Life Unworthy of Life
Witnesses discuss: The Destruction of Families; The Kristallnacht and Ghettos; The 'Final Solution' and its Perpetrators; Planet Auschwitz; The Rescuers
Light From the Yellow Star
Introduction Dr. Fisch returns to Budapest and remembers saying goodbye to his father. Evolution Dr. Fisch talks about the meaning of color and images in his Holocaust paintings. Presentation In classroom presentations, Dr. Fisch focuses on what his story means in the lives of the students. Impact Teacher Neil Anderson talks about how students respond to Dr. Fisch.
Luboml: My Heart Remembers
In 1940 the Jewish shtetl of Luboml in Poland was a vibrant town where religious tradition and community life coexisted. It was an important regional market town, complete with a theatre, a cinema, electric lights, sports teams, and numerous trades and businesses, factories and work-shops, as shown in the film through archival photos and footage. Nazi genocidal actions in Poland in 1941-42 destroyed the Jewish community in Luboml, including the execution of nearly all of its Jewish citizens, as recounted through Holocaust survivors and other former residents of Luboml. An emotionally moving documentary in remembrance of the beauty and vitality of life in a small town in Poland before the Nazis' genocidal murder of its Jewish citizens. DVD only. Color and B/W. 57 minutes
Maine Survivors Remember The Holocaust
This video offers a clear and compelling introduction to the Holocaust for general audiences. Interviews with eight Maine survivors and an American liberator are interwoven with dramatic archival films, photographs, maps, and music. This film is designed for a single classroom period and is appropriate for middle school and high school students. (JHS/MS/HS). Color & B/W. (43 mins)
Married With A Star
On May 25, 1942, Max Werkendam wed Clara de Vries in the heart of amsterdam's Old Jewish Quarter, in Nazi-occurpied Holland. The film of this wedding has been uncovered after 50 years and becomes the focus of the story of the ill-fated couple and guests, most of whom did not survive the war (Not recommended for below college level.) Color. (33 min)
Memory Of The Camps
Documentary footage filmed by Allied Forces army cameramen when they entered the Nazi death camps in 1945 and only recently discovered in the archives of the Imperial War Museum in London. Scenes from Bergen, Dachau, Buchenwald, and other camps. Some of the footage was filmed literally moments after the troops liberated the camps. "Memory of the Camps" may not be suitable for high school students. It is unremitting horror images, little context, very hard to watch. VHS and DVD. (HS+). B/W. (60 min.)
More Than Broken Glass: Memories Of Kristallnacht
Dramatic archival news footage, photographs, and interviews with witnesses are woven together to present a portrait of the times and events leading to the November 1938 "Night of Broken Glass," when German synagogues were ransacked and homes and businesses of Jews were looted or set on fire. This program places Kristallnacht in its historical context by describing the political climate in Germany in the 1930s and the lasting effect of the events on the lives of survivors. Grades 7 and up. (31 min.)
The story of an art dealer, Robert Klein, a French Catholic in 1942 Vichy France who takes advantage of desperate Jews fleeing the country by purchasing their art masterpieces for a fraction of their worth. The twist? The Nazis arrest him when he is mistaken for a Jewish leader, another Robert Klein, using his identity to cover for his own anti-Nazi resistance activities. The first Klein becomes obsessed with the search for the second. Eventually his search becomes a trap and into it he falls. French dubbed in English. Fiction. For mature audiences. (HS+). Color. (124 min.)
Murderers Among Us
A powerful and harrowing retelling of the life of Simon Wiesenthal, haunted by memories of his experience in Nazi concentration camps. This 1988 production focuses on his untiring efforts to gather evidence from his fellow survivors and bear witness against Adolf Eichmann and Franz Murer, the infamous "Butcher of Vilna." One interesting scene has Wiesenthal wrestling with the dilemma of forgiving a dying SS soldier who, as a Catholic, asks him for forgiveness for the atrocities he committed against Jews on the eastern front. Stars Ben Kingsley. Grades 9 and up. Color. (160 min.)
My Mother's Courage
A quiet Budapest housewife is arrested by Hungarian police one summer day in 1944. Based on George Tabori's satirical autobiographical play and novel. Michael Verhoevenwhose, whose film credits have included Nasty Girl and The White Rose, has created a strange, satirical and darkly humorous film about fate and human cruelty. (88 min)
Nazi Concentration Camps
This is the official film record of the Nazi death camps as photographed by Allied liberation forces in 1945. This historic document provides irrefutable testimony to the "crimes against humanity. " WARNING Not recommended for unprepared audiences due to intensely graphic presentation of atrocities. B/W. (59 min.)
Nazi War Crimes: Babi Yar and the Russian Front
This landmark Soviet war film uses captured footage shot by Nazi soldiers to document the sensational murder of over 200,000 Ukranian civilians during world War II. The people at Babi Yar were mostly innocents, trade unionists, Communists, Jews, children, elderly, and women - a people who shared a common soil and a common hatred of fascism. They were gassed, hanged, machine-gunned and killed with buzz saws by the Nazis, who filmed it all and then simply pushed all the bodies in the large Ukranian ravine, Babi Yar. Note: This film was produced by soviet filmmakers under control and supervision of the Soviet government. It is being made available in the United States through an arrangement with The society for cultural Relations, U.S./U.S.S.R. - a non profit group established by the Soviet and American people after World War II. This film may be considered a work of Soviet propaganda.
The Nazis Witness To Genocide
A devastating account of the atrocities committed by the Nazis against millions of innocent human beings in concentration camps. Contains graphic scenes of horrific and brutal crimes against humanity. (60minutes)
Night And Fog
The award-winning short documentary by the noted French director, Alain Resnais. This haunting production effectively combines actual black and white footage of the concentration camps with color scenes of the same places 10 years after the Holocaust. This surrealistic Jamey of horror was written by a novelist who survived imprisonment by the Third Reich. In French with English subtitles. Should not be shown to unprepared audiences. (HS+) B/W & color. 32 min.)
Out of the Ashes
Christine Lahti stars in this harrowing made-for-cable film based on the real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II. Perl's story is told in flashback as she sits before an immigration panel in the U.S. seeking American citizenship after the war. Facing her inquisitors' accusations of collaborating with the Nazis because of her work as camp doctor, Perl is forced to relive her horrifying experiences and the difficult moral choices she had to make in order to survive. Features supporting turns from Bruce Davison, Richard Crenna, and Beau Bridges as Lahti's INS interrogators. MPAA Rating: R 113 minutes. DVD only.
A miserable New York pawnbroker, Sol Nazerman, has lost all faith in mankind while enduring Nazi imprisonment. His convictions are even mere entrenched when he leas that the pawnshop owner also operates a prostitution and crime ring. Starring Rod Steiger. Not rated but for mature audiences. (116 min.)
Journey back in time with six survivors of the Holocaust as they revisit this painful history. They focus on one specific period of their years under the Nazis. Linked together, the viewer journeys through the Holocaust from the prewar years to the end of World War II to freedom. The video concludes as the survivors relate their return to life. (55 min)
Preserving The Past To Ensure The Future
A tour of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem, the memorial to the lives of those annihilated by the Nazis during World War II, forms the heart of this sensitive program focusing on the 1,500,000 children whose only "crime" was to have been born Jewish. Recent news footage of acts of hate from around the globe underscores the concluding question: Could such an atrocity happen again? (Grades 5 +). Color & B/W. (15 min.)
When PRIMO opened in September 2004 it was instantly recognized as a major theatrical event; every performance was sold out. A work of astounding dramatic power it brings to life Primo Levi's great testament to his year in Auschwitz. Antony Sher's towering performance is as controlled as Primo Levi's own lucid prose. Beautifully directed by Richard Wilson and presented in Hildegard Bechtler's magnificent, symbolist set. This is quite simply - masterpiece theatre. DVD only. 110 minutes.
Prisoner of Her Past
On the night of February 15, 2001, Sonia Reich fled her home in Skokie, Illinois, insisting that someone was trying to kill her -- to "put a bullet in [her] head," she told anyone who would listen. It would take a year for her son, Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich, to understand why she was running the streets of Skokie, fearing for her life. Prisoner of Her Past tracks Howard's journey across the United States and Eastern Europe to discover why his mother believes - to this day - that the world has conspired to try to execute her. As Howard eventually learned, Sonia has late-onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a little-known but extremely debilitating illness that has pushed her into the realm of delusion. At the same time, however, Sonia remains fully aware of her surroundings, totally alert to the world, thoroughly cognizant of the present. She has no hints of Alzheimer's disease or any form of dementia. On the contrary, as one doctor told Howard, "Dementia would be a relief for your mother, because then she wouldn't remember." Unfortunately, Sonia's horrific childhood fleeing the Nazis -- about which she told Howard virtually nothing when he was growing up -- has come back to haunt her. She believes that yellow Stars of David have been sewn to her clothes, that doctors and nurses are trying to poison her, that her grandchildren have been taken away. Past and present merge in Sonia's perceptions, and Howard sets out to discover why. He locates the few experts in the world who can explain the obscure phenomenon of late-onset PTSD, and he travels to the city of Sonia's birth, in Ukraine, to uncover the horrors that now haunt his mother. But Prisoner of Her Past ventures beyond Sonia's story, to show what can be done to help traumatized children today. The film looks in particular at the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, an area of special interest to Howard, who's the Chicago Tribune's jazz critic. Some are benefiting from psychiatric awareness and techniques unavailable when Sonia and children of her generation were shattered. Prisoner of Her Past makes it clear that if childhood trauma victims, from New Orleans to Darfur, are not helped, they will be retracing Sonia's steps 60 years from now. 57 minutes. DVD only.
The Revolt Of Job
In a World War II era parable of the Biblical story of Job, the tragedy of a Hungarian Jewish family during the Holocaust is explored in this celebrated film. As the Nazis invade Hungary, an older Jewish couple adopts a gentile orphan boy to survive them. Made in Hungary. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Not rated but for mature audiences. (Adult). Color. (97 min.)
The Rose Garden
Aaron Reichenbach is haunted by an event he witnessed during the final days of World War II: the murder of 20 children in a Nuremberg schoolhouse. Forty years following the Holocaust, Reichenbach finds himself on trial for assaulting an elderly businessman he believes responsible for the killings. The deliberately paced and haunting production raises questions about German culpability for the actions of the Nazis. Stars Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, and Peter Fonda. Advanced students. (HS+). Color. (152 min.)
Safe Haven: The Warsaw Zoo
In the opening days of World War II, the Nazis occupy Warsaw. In a display of extraordinary courage and commitment, Zookeeper Jan Zabinski decides to hide the city's most endangered residents in his home. Before war's end, the Warsaw Zoo will become a safe haven for 300 Jewish men, women, and children. DVD. 29 minutes
Schindler's List, a Steven Spielberg film, is the winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film presents the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did. 2 videocassettes (3 hrs. 17 min
Secret Courage: The Walter Suskind Story
Walter Suskind was a German Jew living in Amsterdam who was forced to serve as the Jewish head of deportation at the Hollandsche Schouwburg (the Jewish Theater in Amsterdam), used as the main deportation site in Holland. Using his fluent German, his skills as an actor and businessman, and unfathomable courage and tenacity, he and an intrepid group of resitance workers orchestrated the escape of close to 1000 Dutch children who were marked for transport to death camps. In this feature-length documentary we learn about an unsung hero of the Holocaust in Holland, the Resistance members who worked with him, and five of the nearly 1,000 children they saved. Their stories are interwoven in a warm and personal style, creating a tale of moral dilemmas and unfathomable courage in the face of human horror and choiceless choices. 82 minutes. DVD only. http://www.morsephotography.com/suskindfilm/home_welcome.htm
Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WW II
Before the Second World War, more than 1.5 million Jewish children were living in Europe. By the end of the Holocaust, less than one in ten had survived. SECRET LIVES tells the emotional stories of a small number of those who were saved by non-Jews in extraordinary acts of bravery and kindness. These men and women of uncommon decency did everything from bringing Jewish children into their families to securing hiding places in closets, attics, or hastily dug bunkers. Directed by Academy Award winner and former hidden child Aviva Slesin, this captivating documentary reveals what happened between the children and their rescuers and shows ho this experience forever changed their lives. Highly recommended by the Coordinator of Educational Outreach. High School and up. DVD only. Color and B/W. 72 minutes.
SHOAH is an assemblage of witnesses - Holocaust survivors, Nazi functionaries, Polish villagers who resided near the death camps - testimony amounts to one of the most shattering human documents ever recorded. The final product was culled from over 350 hours of testimony. It contains no archival footage from World War II; it presents the victims, the perpetrators, and the death camps as they are today. 5 videocassettes. (HS+). Color & B/W. (570 min.)
The Shop On Main Street
This evocative fable, starring Ida Kaminska, relates the tale of Tano, a peasant who is appointed the "Aryan controller" of a shop run by an elderly, hald-deaf Jewish woman unaware of the Nazi occupation of their small town in 1942 Czechoslovakia. The Jewish shop owner sees her business confiscated by the Germans and handed over to a non-Jew, Tano. The relationship between the two grows into a close one, with the man put in charge of her shop eventually trying to protect her, albeit with tragic consequences. Tano, in an attempt to protect the kindly old woman from deportation, accidently kills her and hangs himself in remorse. Czech with English subtitles. (Adult). B/W. (126 min.)
Filmmaker Marian Marzynski looks at history through the eyes of the present. Shtetl takes a bold and illuminated look at Jewish/Polish relationships in both the past and the present. Shot in Poland, Israel, and the United States, this documentary is a universal tale about Jews and those who live around them. Marzynski accompanies Nathan Kaplan, a 70-year old Jewish man from Chicago to Bransk, a small Polish shtetl in Eastern Poland. It is here where their confrontation with the past begins. Shtetl is a film about those who survived the Holocaust. Its moral is about civil rights for a minority living in a multi-ethnic society. 2 videocassettes (General Audience). (2 hrs. 53 min.)
Elie Wiesel returns to the Hungarian town of his birth, Sighet, where the entire Jewish population disappeared in German cattle cars. Wiesel movingly and poetically narrates the search of his past in a town that was a center of Jewish life but is no more. A low key film - suited to audiences knowledgeable about the facts of the Holocaust. (General audience). B/W. (74 min)
Station Of Sorrow
This drama focuses on the new stationmaster at Bobigny where the Jews of Paris are herded onto freight trains that bore them to the death camps. In a midnight encounter with a survivor who comes to mourn, the stationmaster learns that the mysterious sounds that wake him in the night are the sounds of the round-up, echoing through the decades. French with English subtitles. (JHS/MS+). Color. (28 min.)
The Grey Zone
Based on the real-life events and featuring a first-rate ensemble cast, this compelling and harrowing film chronicles a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz. For advanced students only. 108 minutes. (DVD only)
The Hidden Child
Of the 1.6 million Jewish children who lived in Europe before WWII, only 100,000 survived the Holocaust. Most were hidden children, shuttered away in attics, cellars, convents or farms. This is the story of six-year-old girl (Maud Dahme) and her sister, separated from their parents, dodging bullets, lying for survival, and relying on the compassion of stragers. It is a story of courage, hope and bravery in the face of evil and death. It chronicles the wartime experiences of Dahme, one of an estimated 5,000 Jewish children hidden from the Nazis by righteous gentiles in the Netherlands. Dahme is the former president of the New Jersey Board of Education. This film explores issues such as intolerance, mutual respect, and understanding.
Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, THE PIANIST stars Oscar winner Adrein Brody in a true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, ultimately triumphant film follows Szpilman's heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help from a sympathetic German officer. A truly unforgettable epic, testifying to both the power of hope and resiliency of the human spirit, THE PIANIST is a miraculous tale of survival masterfully brought to life by visionary filmmaker Roman Pulanski in his most personal movie ever. DVD only. 150 minutes.
The Road to Wannssee: Eleven Million Sentenced to Death
On January 20, 1942, 11 million Jews were sentenced to death at Wannsee. The trajectory that led to this death sentence--Hitler's political rise to power, the neutralizing of his opponents, and his obsession with eliminating the Jews--is the subject of this documentary. Archival footage and interviews with respected historians are featured. Dutch with English subtitles. 50 mins.
Based on the book, Primo Levi. Degreed in chemistry, Primo Levi was a Jewish socialist in Italy, where "racial laws" restricted Jewish freedom and prospects. Ten years after the writer's suicide, Francesco Rosi's English-language La tregua dramatized the 24-year-old Levi's long, arduous journey home to Turin after being liberated from Auschwitz, where he had spent fifteen months for anti-Fascist resistance activities. "[L]ost, emptied, atrophied-unfit for our newfound liberty": Levi thus describes himself and other death camp survivors. We hear this as voiceover as we look at his exhausted face. The war in Europe is nearing its end. Rosi's film proves an uneven odyssey, an exterior rendering of events burdened by profound interiority. It is the emotional account that's missing from Rosi's prodigious storytelling, even when the "emotion" involved is only a kind of numbness. Steeped in the tradition of neorealismo, Rosi isn't sufficiently modernist to provide an inside-out view of Levi, his stay at a Soviet "rehabilitation" camp, and his homeward trek. At the Soviet camp, a recording of someone (not Fred) singing "Cheek to Cheek" is prelude to a lovely, heart-grazing passage consisting of closeups of faces of those being "rehabilitated"-men and women making eye-contact, followed by their silent couplings on a makeshift dance floor, in one instance, with a girl's head in poignant rest on a boy's shoulder. Rosi's film, then, has its moments. Another also consists of a montage of haunted faces, with Levi and comrades coming upon a group of Germans. Voiceover: "We felt we had something to say . . . to every German, and every German had something to say to us." Levi's own words, from his autobiography, elevate the script. Rosi's closing freeze frame makes good use of John Turturro's drawn, somber face once Levi is seated in his study back home. DVD, 118 minutes, R
The World at War
Unsurpassed in depth and scope, its 26 hour-long programs feature an extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war's pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants--from Hitler's secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines--add spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable viewing experience.
They Were Not Silent: The Jewish Labor Movement and the Holocaust
Tells the story of the anti-Nazi and rescue activities of the American Jewish labor movement, including their aid to the Underground fighters of the ghettoes of East Europe, and their assistance to Holocaust survivors in refugee camps across the globe. The video features rare archival footage and photos, plus interviews with labor veterans, Holocaust survivors and scholars. Directed by Roland Millman 1998, color, 30 mins., VHS
Tomorrow Came Much Later
A group of high school students from Ohio joins Holocaust survivor Bertha Lautman in a poignant and ultimately uplifting journey to the camps where the Nazis had interned her, and also to Israel, where Lautman felt she had been reborn following her liberation from the camps. They also visit famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in Vienna. The teens then discuss their reactions to the trip. Middle grades and up. (JHS/MS+). Color & B/W. (58 min.)
Triumph Of The Spirit
Recounts the true story of Salamo Arouch, who was the middleweight boxing champion of the Balkans in the days just before World War II. A Greek Jew, Arouch is sent to Auschwitz, where he fights his fellow internees for the enjoyment of the Nazi officers. This powerful story of life, death, and conscience illuminates the inner conflict of a man who wants to survive and save his soul. The 1989 production stars Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, and Robert Loggia. Closed captioned. Advanced students. Note: Strong language. (Adult). Color. (124 min.)
Tzvi Nussbaum: A Boy From Warsaw
A haunting photograph, one of the most famous of the Nazi era, of a young Jewish boy with his hands raised as an SS officer aims his machine gun at him in the Warsaw Ghetto of 1943, provides the interpretive framework for exploring the boy's history. The boy's serpentine journey takes him from his birth in Palestine to the events that led to and followed the scene depicted in the picture. The boy survives and eventually emigrates to the New York area where he ends up becoming a physician. The film invites alternate intepretations of the photograph, its pedigree and meaning. Features archival black and white footage and contemporary interviews. (Grades 10 and up). B/W. (50 min.)
Voices Of Survival
Alan Handel's riveting documentary of the Holocaust features personal testimony by seven European survivors, a searing recollection of the unfolding of Hitler's "final solution to the Jewish problem." Archival film footage and photographs add historical perspective to the survivors' articulate and powerful portrayals of the destruction of their families, neighborhoods and way of life. (JHS/MS+). Color. (55 min.)
Wall Of Silence
In March 1945, with the Red Army closing in, Hungarian Jews, spared from Auschwitz to serve as Slave laborers, were murdered en-masse one night in a drunken orgy by German and Austrian revelers after one of their many parties. In the movie the basic truth forms the background of a "Cat and Mouse" game between Holocaust survivor Isador Sandorffy, who wants to find the location of the mass grave in order to give these Jews a proper burial, and the people of Rechnitz who give wrong clues object to the search.
The Wannsee Conference
Fascinating, chilling re-creation of the infamous meeting, held in a Berlin suburb in January 1942, in which Nazi leaders discussed implementation of the Final Solution. Participants plot the destruction of millions with a casual air, which only adds to the terror. Based on minutes taken at the actual conference. The film's length matches the event's real time. German with English subtitles. Advanced students. (HS+). Color. (87 min.)
We Were Children Just Like You
Based upon the exhibition We Were Children Just Like You. Edited by Yaffa Eliach.
We Were Marked With A Big A
Three gay Holocaust survivors - Friedrich-Paul von Groszheim, Kurt von Ruffin, and Paul Gerdhard Vogel - tell their stories. 1991. 44 mins. English subtitles. From USHMM. (Non-Circulating)
Who Walks Here Now? A Remembrance of the Holocaust and Beyond
Author, lecturer, and Holocaust survivor Marga Randall has dedicated her life to educating others about the holocaust. This video captures the horror and healing as we follow a group of young people from the U.S. and Germany, Jews and Christians alike, as they visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. Through stark images of the past and present, we're reminded of this tragedy and that we must never allow it to happen again. 23 minutes
Witness: Voices From The Holocaust
Testimonies and rare archival footage reveal the Nazi era through the memories of those who were there. Hitler Youth, Jesuit priest, resistance fighters, death camp survivors, American POWs, and Liberators. (90 min).