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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis95 min / Color / Adult / VHSGenocide
Set in Italy in the late 1930s, this film relates the gradual destruction of an aristocratic Jewish family due to Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts, and their own detachment.
Subject(s): Fiction; Holocaust in Italy; Italian Fascism
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center52 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSGenocide (Story of Man's Inhumanity To Man)
A documentary film that tells the inhumane story of Hitler's final solution. Set within the historic frame, from 1920 to 1945, this film exposes the methodical insanity of the Nazi era. Interviews with death camp survivors as well as Germans who were directly involved in implementing the final solution. (Part of the World at War series.)
Subject(s): Final Solution; Survivors
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League90 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSGermany Awake
Produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this film using documentary film and photographs and a moving narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor presents one of the best introductions to the subject. It is recommended for audiences who are not familiar with the subject matter as well as for a knowledgeable audience.
Subject(s): Final Solution; Holocaust History
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center90 min / BW / HS+ / VHSThe Great Dictator
A documentary on the German motion picture and its use as a propaganda tool. It shows how the Germans used both documentary and entertainment films for propaganda purposes. Commentary and subtitles are in English.
Subject(s): Nazi Propaganda
Vendor: International Historic Films
128 minutes / BW General Audience / VHS
This is Charlie Chaplin's classic 1940 film satirizing the Hitler dictatorship during World War II.
Subject(s): Adolf Hitler
Vendor: Social Studies School Service
Hannah's War148 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSHannaleh's Rescue
This film, featuring Ellen Burstyn and Anthony Andrews, reenacts the story of Hannah Senesh, the Haganah heroine who parachuted into Nazi occupied Hungary during World War to rescue Jews, losing her own life at the hands of the Nazis.
Subject(s): Hannah Senesh; Nazi Genocide; Hungary; Docu-drama
Vendor: Social Studies School Service25 minutes / 7th Grade + / VHSHatikvah the Hope
The story of a little Jewish girl, Hannaleh, and her family, from the time of her arrival in the Ghetto until she was smuggled to safety. The story is a first step in learning about the Holocaust, familiarizing the child with the history of the period in a manner appropriate for his-her age.
Subject(s): Ghettos; Survivors; Children in the Holocaust; Concentration camps
Vendor: Yad Vashem48 minutes / BW / General Audience / VHSHeil Hitler! Confessions of Hitler Youth
This 1936 documentary was produced by the German Zionist Union to inspire German Jews under Nazi rule to emigrate to Palestine. It focuses on the ideological challenges Palestine presented to Jews to reclaim the land through physical and spiritual commitment. The political obstacles are significantly omitted from the presentation.
Subject(s): Palestine; Zionism; Aliyah; German Jews
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film30 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSHitler: A Career
A shocking true story based on the book by Alfons Heck, recalling how he became a high ranking member of the Hitler Youth during World War II. Along with 8,000,000 other German children, he pledged his life to Hitler as an impressionable ten-year-old. Could it happen today? Of course, says Heck.
Subject(s): Hitler Youth; Nazism
Vendor: Ambrose Video Publishing150 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHSHitler: Anatomy of a Dictatorship
This is based on the best-selling book Hitler by Joachim C. Fest. It chronicles from a documentary viewpoint how the career of Hitler changed the world.
Subject(s): Hitler; History of Nazism
Vendor: Coronet Feature Video Survivor & Shuster School Group23 minutes / BW 7th Grade + / VHSHitler Heroes & Tyrants of the 20th Century
A documentary featuring archival and newsreel footage and depicting the rise to power of the Nazi dictatorship and of Adolf Hitler from the 1920s through World War II.
Subject(s): Hitler; Nazism
Vendor: Social Studies School Service55 minutes / BW General Audience / VHSHitler: Revenge To Ruin
A documentary depicting the ruthlessness of Hitler and his totalitarian regime.
Subject(s): Hitler; totalitarianism
Vendor: Social Studies School Service24 min / BW / HS+ / VHSHitler's Germany (1933-1936)
Traces Hitler's career from the fall of France to Hitler's suicide.
Subject(s): Hitler Career
Vendor: Simon & Schuster20 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS FilmHitler's Henchmen
Starting as a very small group in the 1920s, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party managed through political persecution and violence to take over Germany by 1933. The film describes that period, the subsequent reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936, the persecution of the Jews, and the growth of the Nazi propaganda machine under Joseph Goebbels.
Subject(s): History Rise of Nazism
Vendor: Films Inc.60 min / BW / HS+ / VHSHitler: The Road to Revenge
Graphic horrors of Nazi inhumanity are shown through the horrible reality of Nazi camps during WWII.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; Concentration Camps
Vendor: Filmic Archives24 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHSHitler, The Whole Story: The Early Years
A psychological portrait that traces Hitler's rise to power. This film ends with the fall of France.
Subject(s): Hitler's Rise to Power
Vendor: Simon & Schuster50 minutes / Color / & BW General Audience / VHSHitler, The Whole Story: The Rise of the Reich
The first part of a documentary trilogy analyzing Hitler's career, this focuses on his early years and an discussion of the factors behind his successful rise to power.
Subject(s): Hitler; Nazism's rise to power
Vendor: Social Studies School Service50 minutes / Color / & BW General Audience / VHSHitler, The Whole Story: The War Years
The second part of a documentary trilogy about Hitler's career which examines the consolidation of his power and his buildup of the Nazi totalitarian state.
Subject(s): Hitler; Nazi Totalitarian State
Vendor: Social Studies School Service50 minutes / Color / & BW General Audience / VHSThe Holocaust
This 3rd part of a documentary trilogy of Hitler's career concentrates on the Nazi military strategy during World War II as well as on the genocidal atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis.
Subject(s): Hitler; World War II; Genocide
Vendor: Social Studies School Service23 min / BW / JHS+ / VHSHolocaust
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.
Vendor: Sisu Home Entertainment, Inc.24 minutes / BW General Audience / VHSThe Holocaust and Bioethics: When Research is Evil
A historic overview of Nazi genocide from 1933-1945, from Hitler's rise to power in 1933, through the book burnings, the Nuremberg Laws, Kristallnacht, the Evian Conference, ghettoization, concentration camps and Jewish resistance. Much of the film footage was shot by the Nazis themselves.
Subject(s): Genocide; Nazi Persecution; Holocaust
Vendor: Ergo Media56 min / Color / Selected Audience / VHSThe Holocaust and the Resistance
A documentary based on the recent conference, The Meaning of the Holocaust for Bioethics. The tape explores the ethical problems concerning the use of data from Nazi experiments performed on concentration-camp victims.
Subject(s): concentration-camps; ethics
Vendor: University of Minnesota22 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS FSH 121The Holocaust and Yad Vashem
This filmstrip depicts life in Europe before, during and after WWII. The visuals consist of pastel paintings by Simon Balitski, a concentration camp survivor whose personal recollections are also contained in the correlated narration.
Subject(s): Artist Survivor
Vendor: Educational Audio Visual, Inc.30 min / Color / and BW / Adult / VHSThe Holocaust in a Catholic Educational Setting
This painful but vital memorandum traces the history of Nazism from its earliest roots in Germany of 1918. Through a collection of miraculously precise and enlightening photographs and footage, we are given a look into the rich cultural, religious and social world of the Jews in Eastern Europe, destroyed forever in the fires of the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Nazism; Pre-war Europe; Yad Vashem
Vendor: Israel Video28 min / Color / Adult / VHSThe Holocaust: In Memory of Millions
Three faculty members discuss why and how they incorporate Holocaust studies into the curriculum at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Strategies and resources for courses and for special weeks of Holocaust remembrance are provided.
Subject(s): Teaching; Catholic Education
Vendor: CSE-TV Productions90 minutes / Color / 7th Grade+ / VHSHolocaust: Liberation of Auschwitz
This overall history of the Holocaust, hosted by Walter Cronkite, introduces viewers to the Holocaust Memorial Museum by tracing the gradually escalating horror of being Jewish under the Nazis.
Subject(s): Holocaust; Nazi Persecution
Vendor: Social Studies School Service19 minutes / Color / & BW Adult/ VHSHolocaust Part I
A video documenting the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. It presents both the graphic scenes at the time of the entry of the Soviet troops as well commentary about details of the atrocities inflicted on the camp's victims by the Nazis. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR UNPREPARED AUDIENCES.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Social Studies School Service150 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSHolocaust Part II
The first part of the NBC feature film about Nazism and genocide spanning the years 1935-1945. It features James Woods, Meryl Streep and Michael Moriarty.
Subject(s): Holocaust; Genocide; Nazi Germany; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service150 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSHolocaust Part III
The second part of the NBC feature film about Nazi Germany and genocide spanning the years 1935-1945 and starring James Woods, Meryl Streep and Michael Moriarty.
Subject(s): Holocaust; Genocide; Nazi Germany; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service150 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Holocaust: The Death Camps, 1935-1945
The 3rd part of the NBC feature film about Nazi Germany and genocide spanning the years 1935-1945, and starring James Woods, Meryl Streep and Michael Moriarty.
Subject(s): Holocaust; Genocide; Nazi Germany; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service17:08 Minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Holocaust: The Seeds of the Holocaust, 1933-1935
A historical survey of the evolution of Nazi Germany's policy of the genocide of Europe's Jews from its earliest manifestations to the liberation of the camps at the end of World War II.
Subject(s): Genocide; Nazi persecution
Vendor: Social Studies School Service16:25 Minutes (Module I) / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Holocaust: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
A historical survey of the early period in Nazi Germany, including the legal and political events in Germany after the Nazi assumption of power.
Subject(s): Nazi Germany; History
Vendor: Social Studies School Service16:00 Minutes / Color /General Audience / VHSThe Holocaust Through Our Own Eyes
A historical survey of the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann, the SS colonel in charge of Nazi Germany's extermination of the Jews of Europe, in 1960-1961.
Subject(s): Adolf Eichmann; genocide; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Social Studies School Service58 min / HS+ / VHSHorodok
Documentary edited from personal interviews with nearly 50 eyewitnesses-refugees, camp survivors, individuals in hiding, non-Jewish citizens of Nazi-occupied Europe, and liberators recounts their painful experiences and chronicles the history of the Holocaust through their first-hand accounts.
Subject(s): Survivors; Liberation; Testimony
Vendor: Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc.11 min / BW / Adult / VHSHotel Terminus
While visiting relatives in Horodok, a Polish shtetl between Minsk and Vilna, the American amateur filmmaker, Joseph Shapiro, recorded his impressions on film. As he films people on foot, women at work, schools, markets, wooden houses, farm animals and horsedrawn wagons, a portrait emerges of a poor but pious way of life. This is a silent film.
Subject(s): Jewish Life Pre-Holocaust; Lithuania
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film267 min / Color / 7 BW / HS+ / VHSHow Hitler Lost the War
This documentary traces the life and 40-year manhunt for Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, a ruthless SS interrogator known as the Butcher of Lyons. It exposes the complex web of political intrigue, collaboration, and deceit that enabled Barbie to remain underground until 1983, when he was finally brought to trial.
Subject(s): Klaus Barbie; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Zenger Video67 minutes / Color / & BW / General Audience / VHSHow the Nazis Came to Power
The video uses documentary film footage and interviews with German, British and American military figures and historians to examine different interpretations of the reasons for Nazi Germany's downfall. It advances the idea that the war was more lost by Hitler than won by the Allies.
Subject(s): World War II; Military history
Vendor: Social Studies School Service17 min / BW / General Audience / VHSThe Hunt for Adolf Eichmann
The film analyzes the social, economic, political and psychological forces at work in Germany after its World War I defeat and humiliation, which help to explain the appeal and success of Nazism and how Nazism's message found willing followers among the mass of the German people.
Subject(s): Nazism; Weimar Republic
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Sciences
100 minutes / Color / 7th Grade + / VHS
A documentary narrated by Gregory Peck detailing the manhunt for Adolf Eichmann, the SS officer in charge of carrying out the Final Solution of the Jewish Problem.
Subject(s): Eichmann; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Social Studies School Service
I Never Saw Another Butterfly30 min / BW General Audience / VHSImage Before My Eyes
The film is based on the book of the same title containing the drawings and poems of the children at Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during 1942-44. The program contains documentary film shot in Prague and at Terezin, and presents a fictionalized account of the Terezin children who survived the war. (Film is poor quality)
Subject(s): Terezin; Theresienstadt; Children; Czechoslovakia
Vendor: Alden Films90 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSIn Dark Places
This film recreates Jewish life in Poland from the late 19th Century through the 1930s, a unique and now vanished era. Through rare films, photographs, memorabilia, music, and interviews with survivors of the lost culture, the film brings to life the full range of the Jewish experience in the years before the disaster.
Subject(s): Jewish Life in Poland Pre-World War II
Vendor: Zenger Video90 min 58 min / Color / JHS+ / Film VHSIn Memory of the Polish Jews
This film explores the attempts of a few children of survivors to come to terms with the Holocaust. The films major premise is that we are all children of the Holocaust, and it drives home that fact with great sensitivity. It includes interviews with survivors as well as the second generation.
Subject(s): Survivors; Anti-Semitism; Human Rights
Vendor: Phoenix Films and Video, Inc.10 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS Slide SetsIn Our Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II
This video is of photographs of the Jews in Poland, taken by private photographers and also from the collections of the Central Nazi War Crimes Commission, Jewish Historical Institute Mechanical Documentation Center.
Subject(s): Poland; Ghettos
Vendor: Donation60 min / Color / General Audience / VHSIn The Beginning
Documentary about the heroic work of this unit in the closing years of World War II and of its rescue work with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Rescue; Survivors
Vendor: Chuck Olin Associates, Incorporated30 min / BW / General Audience / VHSIn the Presence of Mine Enemies
This is a story about a teacher in the Warsaw Ghetto, who insists on celebrating the festival of Simchat Torah. (Film is poor quality)
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; Fiction
Vendor: Alden Films96 minutes / Color /General Audience / VHSIn Their Words
A full-feature film starring Armin Mueller-Stahl about a Jewish family's tribulations in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; Nazi Genocide; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service30 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSInside the Reich: Germany 1940-44
This award winning tape was produced by the Southeastern Florida Holocaust Memorial Center and contains excerpts from interviews of Holocaust survivors and American soldiers who participated in the liberation of the extermination camps in Europe during World War II.
Subject(s): Liberators; Survivors
Vendor: S.E. Florida Holocaust Memorial Center52 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSInterrogation in Budapest
Part of the World at War series, which incorporates interviews with former soldiers, civilian accounts, and actual newsreel footage from the war.
Subject(s): History; World War II
Vendor: HBO Video60 min / BW General Audience / VHSIoannina, Athens, Jerusalem (in Hebrew)
Dramatization of the story of Hannah Szenes, who in 1944 at age 23 parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jewish children and was captured, interrogated and executed. (Film in poor quality)
Subject(s): Szenes, Hannah; rescue; Hungary; Docudrama
Vendor: Alden Films30 min / Color / Adult / VHSIs There Poetry After Auschwitz?
This video describes a Balkan Romaniot community which is found in northwest Greece. The viewer meets a number of Jews, survivors of the Holocaust, who returned after the war. They talk about their unique community which had been vibrant and full of Jewish life. The route from Ioannina to Jerusalem passes through Athens. There the viewer sees the Jewish Museum and the new wing which had just been dedicated. This film on Greek Jews of today ends with an interview with a Righteous Gentile leader and a Jewish leader living in Athens. It was made in Israel and gives a complete picture of the present and distinctive traditions of the Romaniot Jews.
Subject(s): Greek Jews; Ioannina; Athens; Jerusalem; Sephardim
Vendor: Israeli Institute for Jewish Films60 min / Color / HS+ / VHSThe Itinerary of Eli Wiesel: From Sighet to Jerusalem
This video asks if art can convey and interpret the emotional truth of the Holocaust. Through interviews with the artist, Vivienne Hermann, interspersed with images of her work, comments from her adult son, prewar family photographs, and personal letters, the film responds with a resounding Yes!
Subject(s): Survivors; Art
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film60 min / BW / General Audience / VHSIt Was Nothing . . . It Was Everything
An autobiographical documentary of the author's life. (Film is poor quality)
Subject(s): Wiesel, Elie
Vendor: Alden Films
25 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This video features the story of the Righteous Gentiles in Greece who courageously tried to help their Jewish neighbors during the Nazi occupation.
Subject(s): Greek Jews; Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Documentaries International Film & Video Foundation
Jacoba63 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSJames Ingo Freed: The Architecture of the Holocaust Memorial Museum
While Anne Frank was being hidden in an attic in Amsterdam, another Jewish family was similarly sheltered in a small Dutch village. However, this story had a happy ending. The Ten Brink family was saved by an extraordinary Christian woman, Jacoba Omvlee, who hid them in a tiny attic in her windmill. For three years this devout Calvinist risked her own life and the lives of her eight children to defy both the Nazis and local Dutch collaborators.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Netherlands; Docudrama
Vendor: Filmmakers Library45 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSJanovska: The Camp at Lvov
A biographical portrait of the architect of Washington D.C.'s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Subject(s): Holocaust Memorial Museum
Vendor: Hermine Freed Video Productions52 min / Color / & BW / General Audience / VHSJehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault
Between 1941 and 1944, 200,000 Jews who made up one-third of the Jewish population of Galicia, were taken to the Nazi labor camp, Janovska, on the outskirts of Lvov. In 1990 a few of the survivors returned to the scene of the mass murders in an effort to reconstruct the horrors of the past. Firsthand testimonies appear in this video, including those of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and Rabbi David Kahane, Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Air Force (Retired). English and Hebrew and Yiddish with English sub-titles.
Subject(s): Nazi Labor Camp, Janovska; Survivors; Galacia; Poland
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.78 minutes / Color / JHS + / VHSJewish Community of Salonika
A documentary film featuring 10 historians from Europe and North America and over 20 Jehovah's Witness survivors which tells the story of the persecution of the Witnesses by the Nazi regime.
Subject(s): Jehovah's Witnesses; Nazi persecution
Vendor: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.11 min / BW / HS+ / VHSJewish Life in Bialystok
The film is based on historical photos from the period preceding the Second World War and describes the Jewish community of Salonika. The film shows the life of a typical family, the community with its various groups, the network of charitable institutions and the famous port of Salonika, where the majority of dock workers were Jews.
Subject(s): Salonika; Sephardic Jewry; Jewish History
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film9 min / BW / JHS+ / VHSJewish Life In Vilna
This video was produced in Poland in 1938-39. It captures the spirit of Jewish life in Bialystok as it shows people engaged in the realities of daily existence. This film is part of a series of six short travelogues about urban Jewish communities in Poland, before World War II.
Subject(s): History Jews of Eastern Europe; Bialystok; Prewar
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Films10 min / BW / JHS+ / VHSThe Jewish Wife
This video is a rare film document produced in Poland in 1939. It captures the spirit of Jewish life in pre-World War II Vilna. In Yiddish with English subtitles, this film shows people engaged in the rituals and realities of daily existence. It includes Vilna's famous landmarks the Strashun Library and the YIVO Institute among others. It is part of a series of six short travelogs about urban Jewish communities in Poland, produced in 1938-39.
Subject(s): Prewar Jewish life; Vilna
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Films29 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSThe Jews of Poland (5 cities)
Set in Germany in 1936, this thoughtful, poignant film conveys the personal trauma experienced by a 42-year-old Jewish woman, Judith, who decides she must leave her country, her home and her Aryan husband, Fritz, a surgeon. Torn between the love she once felt for her husband and the hatred she now feels toward him and the Nazi regime he cannot or will not fight, Judith personifies the pain, bewilderment and courage of the German Jews who fled from the sound of marching stormtroopers and Hitler's ranting over the radio.
Subject(s): Nazi Germany: Persecution; Fiction
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film50 min / BW / JHS+ / VHSJoseph Schultz
In 1939, filmmakers Y. and S. Goskind visited six Jewish communities in Poland in an effort to record the vitality of Jewish life. Little did they suspect that their film recordings would be one of the last visual accounts of a once vibrant world. One of the films has been lost, but the remaining five are finally being made available to the public. The video has a new English translation of the films about the Jewish communities of Bialystok, Lvov, Krakow, Vilna and Warsaw.
Subject(s): Jewish Life Poland; Prewar
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.13 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSA Journey Back
Schultz, a soldier in the Nazi army, has been a good soldier following orders. Yet, one day when he is ordered to take his place as a member of a firing squad and execute a group of villagers, he refuses to raise his rifle. Forced to choose between killing or being killed, Schultz joins the villagers and is executed with them. This is a dramatization of an event interspersed with black and white photographs of the actual events.
Subject(s): War Crimes Responsibility; Docudrama
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League60 min / BW / - Color General Audience / VHSJourney Into Life (Part I)
A personal documentary of Jack Garfein, a Holocaust survivor and Broadway producer, of his experiences during World War II. He visits his former family home in Bardejov (formerly Czechoslovakia) as well as the Auschwitz extermination camp, which he was the only member of his family to survive.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Survivors; Czechoslovakia
Vendor: Social Studies School Service130 minutes (3 Cassettes) / Color / General Audience / VHSJourney Into Life (Part II)
In this first of a three-part video, the film follows the story of Gerhard Durlacher, a child-survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp who after being in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany after 1945 eventually settled in Holland. The film explores the problems of starting a new life after having been through the hell created by the Nazis.
Subject(s): Survivors; Displaced Persons; Genocide
Vendor: National Center of Jewish Film130 minutes (3 cassettes) / Color / General Audience / VHSJourney Into Life (Part III)
This second of a three-part documentary explores the experiences of Yehuda Bacon as a child survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. It examines the problems he had to face after the liberation and traces his resettlement in Israel.
Subject(s): Survivors; Displaced Persons; Genocide
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film130 minutes (3 cassettes) / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Journey of the Butterfly
This third part of a three-part documentary explores the experiences and problems faced by a child survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp in a Displaced Persons camp in post-World War II Germany. It follows the story of Ruth Kluger, the problems she faced after liberation and her eventual immigration to the United States.
Subject(s): Survivors; Displaced Persons; Genocide
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film62 minutes / BW/Color General Audience / VHSJourney to Prague
This documentary weaves together the music, art, poetry and history of the children imprisoned by the Nazis in the ghetto at Terezin in Czechoslovakia from 1941 to 1945.
Subject(s): Ghettos; Terezin; Art; Children
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum28 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSJudgment at Nuremberg
In 1939 Nazi encroachment forced Otto Lowy to leave his home in Prague. He never saw his family again. This film documents Lowy's return to his native city, giving eloquent testimony to the Holocaust's power to haunt those who survived.
Subject(s): Prague; Survivors
Vendor: Films, Inc.187 minutes (2 cassettes) / BW General Audience / VHSJust A Diary
This is the thought-provoking all-star film centered around the post World War II Nuremberg trials of German judges who upheld the Nazi laws involving horrendous abuses of basic human rights. The juxtaposition of the pressures the defendants claimed they were under, with that imposed on the American judge at the trials, form the basis of the conflict in this powerful film, which features Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; Nuremberg Trials; Docu drama
Vendor: Social Studies School Service
25 min / Color / & BW / HS / VHS
This video chronicles the life story of Anne Frank from the perspective of a 17-year-old Dutch girl who played the part of Anne in a recent stage performance. Following a brief interview with the young actress and a scene from her play, this program combines historical footage and photos from the Franks family album to familiarize viewers with Anne's life, the persecution of the Jews under Hitler, and the horrors of the Nazi camps.
Subject(s): Anne Frank; Holland; Dutch
Vendor: Social Studies School Service
Kaddish94 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSKitty Return to Auschwitz
A riveting profile of a young Jewish activist coming to terms with his fathers traumatic past during the Holocaust and the legacy of the struggle passed onto him. Yossi Klein is the young man who brings back the memory of his father Zoltan, a radiant and charming Hungarian Jew who escaped the round-up of Jews, hid out, and was spared the horrors of the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Second Generation; Hungary; Escape
Vendor: Facets Multimedia, Inc.82 min / Color / HS+ / VHSKorczak
Kitty Hart, a survivor who lived in the camp between the ages of 16 and 18 returns to tell others and to try to understand what happened there.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Survivors
Vendor: Social Studies School Service118 min / Color / HS / VHSKovno Ghetto A Brief History
This video tells the true story of Janusz Korczak, a renowned physician and author, who ran a home for Jewish orphans in 1930s Warsaw. After the German invasion of Poland, friends urge Korczak to flee the country. But Korczak refuses to abandon his children and so must move his orphanage into the Warsaw ghetto. As the war continues, it becomes plain that despite Korczak's tireless efforts, the children will be deported to concentration camps. Yet Korczak vows to remain with them until the end. Polish with English subtitles
Subject(s): Warsaw; Children; Poland; Fiction
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum100 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSKrasnodar Trial of 1943
The video pieces together the story of the Jews of Kovno, Lithuania from the first stirrings of World War II to the annihilation of the ghetto just days before the city's liberation.
Subject(s): Ghettos; Nazi Genocide; Lithuania
Vendor: Zenger Media55 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHSKristallnacht
Krasnodar, a city of 500,000 inhabitants 1000 miles from Moscow and 2000 miles from Berlin, was occupied by the Germans on August 8, 1942, and liberated on February 13, 1943. During this six month period thirteen thousand Soviets were murdered by the Nazis, beginning with and including every member of the Jewish community. In July 1943, the Soviet authorities convened the first World War II war crimes trial in Krasnodar. This film features the testimony both of eyewitnesses and of the Russian war crimes defendants.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes Krasnodar (Russia)
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film60 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSKristallnacht: The Journey from 1933-1988
Produced by Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. Documentary footage and interviews with survivors of Kristallnacht.
Subject(s): Kristallnacht; Survivors
Vendor: Brookdale Community College60 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHS
This video is narrated by Eric Sevareid on the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Included are personal testimonies and archival film footage.
Ladies' Tailor92 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSLand of the Demons
This film, produced in the Soviet Union in 1990 deals with the lives and extermination of 96,000 Jews of Kiev at the ravine of Babi Yar in 1941. The video uses a particular Jewish tailor in Kiev as the device for conveying its story.
Subject(s): Babi Yar; Kiev; Genocide; Docudrama
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film45 min / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Last Chapter
Fielding reports from correspondents in the smoky streets of Sarajevo and at Serbian artillery positions in the hills around the city, Peter Jennings provides a clear introduction to the long-standing hatreds that haunt the region formerly known as Yugoslavia, reviews historical alliances that have aggravated tensions there, and analyzes European and American hesitancy to become militarily involved.
Subject(s): Sarajevo; Serbia; Genocide; Yugoslavia
Vendor: Social Studies School Service85 min / BW / HS+ / VHSThe Last Jews of Radauti
500 years of Jewish life in Poland. Actual records of Polish events on film.
Subject(s): Poland Jewish Life
Vendor: Ben-Yar Production25 min / BW / JHS+ / VHSThe Last Klezmer
In this black-and-white film one finds a study of Jews in a small Rumanian town. We meet the members of this dwindling community including the rabbi and shochet. We experience intimate expressions of Jewish life preparation for the Sabbath, making challah and immersion in the mikvah.
Subject(s): Rumania; Jewish Culture
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.84 minutes / Color / Adult / VHSThe Last Rabbi
The video traces the life of Leopold Kozlowski, a master Klezmer musician. Kozlowski revisits scenes from his past evoking memories of his childhood and of the atrocities committed upon members of his family by the Nazis.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; Klezmer Music; Survivors
Vendor: Social Studies School Service30 minutes / BW / General Audience / VHSThe Last Sea
A story based on actual documents left by Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto that relates how the last surviving rabbi refused to accept an opportunity to escape death at the hands of the Nazis. (Film is poor quality)
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Alden Films90 min / Color / JHS+ / VHSThe Last Seven Days of Anne Frank
When Holocaust survivors realized that they had no home to return to, nor families to welcome them, thousands set out on the perilous journey to Israel. They traveled by truck, train and on foot over the Alps. They had to cross the sea on dangerous, overcrowded ships. The faces of the witnesses are never shown, only their voices are heard, as they retell stories of survival and redemption.
Subject(s): Survivors; Displaced Persons; Illegal Immigration to Israel
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.75 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSThe Legacy: Children of Holocaust Survivors
This television documentary begins where Anne Franks diary left off. Willy Lindwer found and interviewed eight women who were with Anne Frank and her family during the final months of her life at the Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps.
Subject(s): Survivors; Concentration Camps; Bergen- Belsen; Auschwitz; Westerbork; Anne Frank
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center23 min / Color / HS+ / VHS FilmThe Legacy of Anne Frank
Five adults whose parents survived the Holocaust and the terrors of the camps discuss the effects their parents experiences had on their own lives.
Subject(s): Second Generation; Survivors
Vendor: Films Inc.30 min / BW / General Audience / VHSA Legacy of Goodness
A documentary featuring interviews with Dutch citizens and captured German films of the Nazi occupation of Holland. Appearing in the film is Anne's father, Otto Frank, the only family member to survive the Holocaust. (Film in poor quality)
Subject(s): Anne Frank; Holland
Vendor: Alden Films30 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Legacy of Nuremberg
This video chronicles the return visit of Ruth Kapp to the French Christian family who hid her from the Nazis during the World War II occupation.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Hidden Children; survivors; France
Vendor: Social Studies School Service50 Minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSLes Miserables
A documentary program examining the moral and ethical issues involved in dealing with war crimes.
Subject(s): Nuremberg Trials; War Crimes
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Sciences175 minutes / Color / HS+ / VHSLiberation
This film transplants Victor Hugo's novel to France during World War II, and shifts its focus to the plight of Holocaust victims seeking to elude capture by the Nazis. It stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and is in French with English subtitles.
Subject(s): Nazi persecution; World War II; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service100 min / BW / HS / VHSThe Liberation of Auschwitz (1945)
This video combines film footage, period music and radio broadcasts. It starts in 1942 as Hitler was at the height of his power and the Allies began envisioning a cross-channel invasion of Europe. The film addresses two themes: 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. The film reaches its climax with the dramatic liberation of Paris, the Benelux countries and the death camps, through to V-E Day.
Subject(s): Liberation; World War II
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center55 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHSThe Liberation of KZ Dachau
This documentary, produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration 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 shot by the Soviets between January 27 and February 28 in Auschwitz and Birkenau, provides irrefutable evidence of the Nazi crimes.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Liberation; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film94 min / Color / HS / VHSThe Life of Anne Frank
A documentary that chronicles the personal and intimate stories of the soldiers who first entered the concentration camp at Dachau on April 29, 1945. The sheer horror they found there was so overwhelming that the battle-hardened soldiers broke down before the 32,000 remaining survivors left at the camp. This story tells how one event brought home the true meaning of the war and why so many fought and died.
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Dachau; Liberation
Vendor: Strong Communications25 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSThe Life that Disappeared
This documentary provides historical background to The Diary of Anne Frank. Germany, where she was born in 1929; anti-Semitism as a plank in Nazi policy; persecution of Jews in Holland after the German conquest; the family's clandestine existence until it was betrayed and Anne was deported to Bergen-Belsen. This program provides the focus for the understanding of the Holocaust, Fascism, anti-Semitism and racism.
Subject(s): Holland; Nazi Anti-Semitism; Concentration Camps; Anne Frank
Vendor: Films for Humanities Inc.19 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS SC-10Light and Shadow
In this companion video to his landmark exhibition and book, Dr. Roman Vishniac provides narrative for the photographs he took of a life that is no more Eastern European Jewish life immediately prior to the Nazi Holocaust. Many of the photographs were taken surreptitiously, but in spite of the constant threat to his own life, Vishniac managed to portray the lives of ordinary Jews in an intimate way. These photographs, though, are not compelling simply because they provide a valuable historical document, but also because they reveal the sensibility of a great artist.
Subject(s): Jewish Life: Pre-World War II Poland
Vendor: The Jewish Media Service19 min / Color / General Audience / VHS 16mmLilly: An Eyewitness Account of the Annexation of Austria
Among the six million who perished in the Holocaust, there were artists who had come to Paris in the 1920s and 1930s to live in the midst of an intellectual and artistic ferment. Fifteen artists, with their paints and brushes, each captured a personal vision of the world. Their canvases reveal the enormous talent of these artists who would soon all perish in death camps.
Subject(s): Artists in the Holocaust
Vendor:26 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSLink and the Chain
Holocaust survivor Lilly Dubsky visits a group of high school students to share intimate memories of the tragic disruption of her comfortable life in Vienna after Hitler invaded Austria.
Subject(s): Anschluss; Vienna
Vendor:27 Minutes / BW Adult / VHSThe Little Soldiers
A documentary tracing the origins of the Jewish community in France from medieval times through the Nazi Holocaust. (Film is poor quality)
Vendor: Alden Films14 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHSLodz Ghetto
This tape shows a reunion of Jewish Partisans of WWII. They meet in a forest in Israel reminiscent of the forests of Poland, Lithuania, and White Russia, where many of them fought, and tell of their experiences. (Film is poor quality)
Vendor: Alden Films118 min / Color / & BW / General Audience / VHSLodz Ghetto
The voices of ordinary people confide precisely what they felt during the darkest days of Nazi persecution of Poland. Scripted entirely from the secret diaries they left behind, this film dramatically reveals how 200,000 people struggled against what seemed an unstoppable war to crush them.
Subject(s): Lodz Ghetto; Poland
Vendor: Filmic Archives156 minutes / Color / and BW HS+ / VHSThe Lonely Struggle: Last Hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
This video combines wartime footage and still photographs with color film of present-day Europe to re-create the day-to-day struggle of the inhabitants of the Lodz Ghetto. WARNING: GRAPHIC PRESENTATION OF ATROCITIES.
Subject(s): Ghettos; Lodz; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Social Studies School Service60 minutes / Color / JHS+ / VHSThe Long Way Home
Marek Edelman, a cardiologist in Lodz, is the sole surviving member of the leadership of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance. Dr. Edelman gives us an insider's account of the few hundred Jewish youngsters who encouraged the decimated prison population to rise up against the Germans and fight to the last. Shot in Warsaw.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto
Vendor: Ergo Home Video Media116 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHSThe Longest Hatred: The History of Anti-Semitism
The video documents the challenges and problems Holocaust survivors faced from the time of their liberation to the creation of the State of Israel (1945-1948).
Subject(s): Survivors; liberation
Vendor: Museum of Tolerance Book Store180 min / Color / Adult / VHSThe Lost Children of Berlin
Drawing on interviews with Semites and anti-Semites as well as prominent scholars in Europe, America, and the Middle East, this video traces anti-Semitism from its earliest manifestations in antiquity to the recent ominous outbreaks in Germany, Russia and elsewhere.
Subject(s): Anti-Semitism; Interviews Scholars; Neo-Nazis
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Science
50 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHS
Documentary about the reunion of those students of the Grosse Hamburgerstrasse School in Berlin who had survived the Nazi Holocaust. The video weaves together the social and political events of the 1930s and 1940s detailing the Jewish life of prewar Berlin.
Subject(s): Berlin Jews Nazi Times; survivors; Nazi Persecution
Vendor: Social Studies School Service
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