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Safe Haven
60 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
Robert Clary, TV star and survivor himself, narrates this tape about Oswego, the camp to which approximately 1,000 refugees were brought in upstate New York, in 1944. Survivors of Oswego tell of their experiences during their months of detention. Author David Wyman is interviewed and tells how United States government officials knew what was happening in Europe and still remained silent.
Subject(s): Emigration; Survivors; Oswego
Vendor: PBS Video

Say I'm a Jew
28 Minutes / Color / 7th Grade + / VHS
A videotape by Pier Marton about the children of Holocaust survivors, raised in Europe and now living in the United States.
Subject(s): Second Generation; Survivors
Vendor: Electronic Arts Intermix

Scenes From The Holocaust
10 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS 16mm
Searing testimony about the hell of the Holocaust has survived in sketches drawn by Jewish artists, who were among those sent to the death camps.
Subject(s): Artists Concentration Camps

82 min / Color / & BW / Adult / VHS
A documentary about the work of Oskar Schindler and his role in saving the lives of over 1,000 Jews in Crackow during the Nazi occupation. The film features key people who were either saved by Schindler or who had close contact with main protagonists in the Schindler story.
Subject(s): Schindler; Nazi Ghettos; Crackow; Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Schindler's List
3 hours, 17 min (2 cassettes) / BW / with Color Segments HS+ / VHS
The Steven Spielberg film presents the 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. (With Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes)
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Rescuers; Docu-drama
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Schindler: The Documentary
78 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
This is a documentary film about Oskar Schindler, the industrialist.
Subject(s): Oskar Schindler; Righteous Gentiles; Crackow
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Sciences

The Second World War
30 minutes / BW/Color JHS / VHS
This program considers World War I and its aftermath, when old empires were replaced by rightwing dictatorship in Italy, Spain, and Germany. It includes a segment that looks at new military strategies used in World War II and discusses why civilians became targets.
Subject(s): Fascism; World War I; World War II
Vendor: Insight Media

The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler
53 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
The rise and fall of the Third Reich told with actual footage, interviews with Hitler's sister, a fellow prisoner with Hitler (before he came to power), and others. Unusual and seldom seen scenes of Hitler and the Nazis including Eva Braun's home movies.
Subject(s): History Hitler
Vendor: Gould Media Inc.

The Seeds of the Holocaust
16 min, 25 sec / Color / JHS+ / VHS
The video contains historical footage, still photos, background information and commentary by former NY Times editor A.M. Rosenthal. Also appearing is Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. (The video is part of a learning-packet also including various educational resource materials.)
Subject(s): Nazism Origins; Nuremberg Laws
Vendor: Educational Media

September 1939
60 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
Polish films show the peaceful sights of pre-invasion Warsaw. This tape shows the land invasion, aerial bombing and courageous Polish resistance. The invasion of Poland was the first act in a war that shaped the modern world.
Subject(s): Poland Nazi Invasion (1939); History World War II
Vendor: Filmic Archives

Servus, Adieu, Shalom: Jewish Life in Vienna
45 minutes / BW/Color General Audience / VHS
A documentary sponsored by the Austrian government depicting Jewish life in Vienna before and after World War II.
Subject(s): Vienna; Austria; Jewish Life
Vendor: Austrian Press and Information Service

570 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHS
This film is an assemblage of witnesses: Holocaust survivors, Nazi functionaries, Polish villagers who resided near the death camps, whose testimony amounts to one of the most shattering human documents ever recorded.
Subject(s): Genocide; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Paramount Home Videos

The Shop on Main Street
126 min / BW / Adult / VHS
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, half-deaf Jewish woman unaware of the Nazi occupation of their small town in 1942 Czechoslovakia. Tano, in an attempt to protect the kindly old woman from deportation, accidently kills her and hangs himself in remorse. In Czech with English subtitles.
Subject(s): Czechoslovakia; Fiction
Vendor: Jewish Media Service

Shtetl (Part I & Part II)
2 hours (approx) / Color / General Audience / VHS
This is an in-depth documentary analysis of the attitudes of Poles toward Jews in general, and the Jews who had made up about sixty percent of their village not far from Warsaw in pre-Holocaust Poland. The producer, Marian Marzynski, himself a Holocaust survivor, returns to his former village and interviews contemporary villagers and probes their attitudes. He focuses especially on a young post-Holocaust educated villager who has made a study of the villages Jewish past, his special avocation. The revalations exposed in this unique investigation provide material for considerable thought.
Subject(s): Poland; Shtetl; anti-Semitism
Vendor: Log In Enterprises

Shtetl (Part III)
1 hour (approx.) / Color / General Audience / VHS
(See above)
Subject(s): Poland; Shtetl; anti-Semitism
Vendor: Log In Enterprises

Sighet, Sighet
74 Minutes / BW / General Audience / VHS
Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel revisits Sighet, the town of his childhood in Transylvania, from where he was deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz with his family and the Jews of the ghetto in 1944. Wiesel movingly and poetically narrates the search of his past in a town that was a center of Jewish life but is no more. (Film is poor quality)
Subject(s): Sighet; Elie Wiesel
Vendor: Alden Films

Simon Wiesenthal Freedom Is Not A Gift From Heaven
60 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
The worlds most famous Nazi hunter reveals for the first time on camera his life story. Wiesenthal tells us of his youth in the Ukraine, his experiences during the war in various concentration camps, and of his liberation by American soldiers in 1945. Produced on the occasion of his 85th birthday, this intense documentary brings us up to date on Mr. Wiesenthal and his most recent activities. Dutch with English sub-titles.
Subject(s): Nazi hunter; Simon Wiesenthal; Pre-war Ukraine; Concentration camps
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

121 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
Based on a true story, this dramatization depicts how citizens of Skokie, Illinois a small town with a higher than average percentage of death-camp survivors became divided over an impending street demonstration by neo-Nazis. Among the issues raised are free-speech vs. social responsibility, reacting to racism, and becoming involved vs. remaining a bystander when confronted by a moral dilemma. Stars Danny Kaye, Carl Reiner, Eli Wallach, and Brian Dennehy.
Subject(s): Holocaust Survivors; Neo-Nazism; Docu- drama
Vendor: Zenger Video

So Many Miracles
58 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
During the fall of 1942, in the Polish village of Pinczow, as the Germans deported Jews to the gas chambers, the Banya family offered to hide Israel and Frania Rubinek in their one-room farm house. Despite enormous risk and hardship, Zofia and Ludwig Banya, along with their young son, Maniek, sheltered the Rubeniks for 28 months. Interweaving docu-drama sequences with archival material, this film follows the Rubeniks on their emotional journey to Poland, and documents their poignant reunion with Zofia Banya, the peasant woman who had saved their lives forty years earlier.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Survivors
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film

Sobibor Tom Blatts Documentaries
102 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
This video contains From the Ashes of Sobibor; Past and Present; 50th Anniversary of the Sobibor Revolt and a condensed version of Escape from Sobibor, the CBS film.
Subject(s): Resistance; Sobibor; Survivor
Vendor: Donated by Tom Blatt

The Sorrow and the Pity (2 tapes)
242 min / BW / Adult / VHS
Part documentary, part oral history, this film blends newsreel footage, propaganda shots, and interviews of people who were there into an account of the German occupation of France, the French collaboration with the Nazis, and the subsequent rejection by the French of what they had done. The film focuses on the citizens of Clermont-Ferrand, a small city located near Vichy, and also one of the centers of the Resistance. Without assigning guilt, the director, Marcel Ophals, introduces the active collaborators, those who went on as before, and the resistance. Judgment is left to the viewers. In English and French with English voice-overs.
Subject(s): Holocaust in France
Vendor: Prestige Film Corp.

Sorrow: The Nazi Legacy
33 min / Color / HS / VHS
Six Swedish teenagers, two of whom are Jewish, journey to Auschwitz in an effort to try to comprehend the incomprehensible. A preliminary visit to Wannsee sets the stage for their pilgrimage. Yet, no amount of intellectual explanation of the facts as they occurred can adequately prepare the group for their own emotional reactions after having spent time in Auschwitz. They meet with a survivor of the camp. The pilgrimage comes full circle as the group returns to Stockholm and meets with Niklas Frank, the son of Hans Frank, a high-ranking Nazi official who was the governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Wannsee Museum; Survivor; Nazi Mentality
Vendor: Ergo Media In.c

30 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
In 1938, thirty-two nations met at the Evian Conference to find new homes for endangered European Jews. Only one, the Dominican Republic, ruled by dictator Raphael Trujillo, offered sanctuary. In 1940, a group of Jews escaping Nazi terror found a haven on this Caribbean island. This courageous community's story of flight and relief is told within the context of the joys and conflicts of contemporary life.
Subject(s): Evian Conference; Rescue
Vendor: Ergo Media

The State of Israel vs. John Ivan Demjanjuk
50 min / Color / HS+ / VHS
Few trials have stirred as much emotion as the trial of John Demjanjuk, the retired Cleveland auto mechanic, who is accused of being Ivan the Terrible, the fiend who supervised the gas chambers at the Treblinka extermination camp. When Israel sought extradition of Demjanjuk from the United States, it was believed that the case would be clear-cut identification and punishment, if he were indeed found to be Ivan. Yet, this case became entangled in legal issues believed by most to be far afield of the basic question of guilt or innocence. This video was made in 1988.
Subject(s): War Criminals; Demjanjuk
Vendor: Ergo Media

Station of Sorrow
30 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This film from France (with English subtitles) won critical acclaim in Europe for the haunting story it tells, a story which underscores the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. The drama focuses on the new stationmaster at Bobigny. It was there that the Jews of Paris were herded onto freight trains that bore them to death camps. In a midnight encounter with a survivor who comes to mourn, the stationmaster learns that the mysterious sounds which wake him in the night are sounds of the roundup, echoing through the decades.
Subject(s): Paris Holocaust; Fiction
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Stolen Childhood
30 minutes / General Audience / VHS
Three Holocaust survivors relate the changes they experienced in their lives as children during the Nazi occupation. The testimonies are combined with documentary film excerpts and photos from the time of the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Holocaust Survivors; Concentration Camps
Vendor: Yad Vashem

The Story of Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Lodz
55 min / Color / HS+ / VHS 16mm
In order to facilitate the destruction of Polands three million Jews, the Germans forced them to establish Judenrats (Jewish Councils). Chaim Rumkowski appointed by the Nazis as the chairman of the Lodz Jewish Council, was responsible for the administration and all social services within the ghetto. Rumkowski attempted to turn the Lodz ghetto into an industrial center. Rumkowskis strategy for survival was inevitably doomed to failure.
Subject(s): Lodz Ghetto; Rumkowski; Judenrat
Vendor: The Cinema Guild

The Stranger
96 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
Following the end of World War II, a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission travels to a small town in Connecticut to track down a Nazi war criminal who is living under a new identity.
Subject(s): Fiction
Vendor: Zenger Video

The Suicide of a Camp Survivor: The Case of Primo Levi
72 min / Color / Adult / VHS
This is the story of an assimilated Italian Jew, a chemist of no particular renown, whose efforts to survive in fascist Italy were finally thwarted when he was deported to Auschwitz, where he survived. He emerged from the experience a superb writer and a scarred man, who in his works sought to remember, bear witness to, and above all understand the human qualities that emerge on the sharp edge of despair. He survived the camp, burning with the need to tell how it was. Eventually he gave in to depression and ended his life. Italian with English sub-titles.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Italy; Psychological; Survivors;
Primo Levi
Vendor: Films for the Humanities and Sciences

Survivors of the Holocaust
25 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
This document features the moving testimony of Holocaust survivors and the children of survivors. Interspersed with their narration, which details their lives before, during and after World War II, are photographs and footage actually shot in concentration camps.
Subject(s): Holocaust Survivors; Second Generation
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Survivors of the Holocaust
70 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHS
This is a documentary highlighting the work of Stephen Spielberg, the director of Schindlers List in compiling and documenting the testimony of Holocaust survivors through the foundation he established for this purpose.
Subject(s): survivors
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

53 min / Color / HS+ / VHS
Susan, a married woman with three children, tells of her horrifying childhood memories during the Holocaust. It has taken Susan years to get over the dreadful flashbacks of her experiences and discuss her devastating childhood. While she tells her chilling stories to the audience, a narrator occasionally supplements her stories using pictures that Susan drew as a child.
Subject(s): Survivors
Vendor: Kent State University

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Teaching the Holocaust for Today's World
21 min / Color / & BW / Selected Audience / VHS
This video, made by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, is a guide on how to teach the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Education
Vendor: Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

A Teenager's Experience (The Holocaust)
30 min / Color / & BW / JHS / VHS
Holocaust survivor, David Bergman, only 12 years when the Nazis forced his family from his home, takes viewers along his road from hell to freedom. The video tells through archival footage and drawings, how he was separated from his family at Auschwitz, forced into labor at several camps, survived a harrowing train journey on which all but three died and eventually witnessed the German surrender.
Subject(s): Survivor; Auschwitz; Labor Camps
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Terezin Diary
88 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
In 1941, the Nazis converted Terezin (Theresienstadt), an old fortress town near Prague, into a concentration camp for Central European Jews. It was the well documented intention of the Nazis to use what they called the model camp for propaganda purposes. In reality, Terezin was a way station to the extermination camps in the East, and the 140,000 prisoners who passed through the camp, including 15,000 children, lived in dreadfully overcrowded barracks, facing hunger, disease and constant threats of deportation to Auschwitz. At least 33,000 people died in Terezin. Terezin Diary tells the story of the Terezin ghetto and its children.
Subject(s): Terezin/Theresienstadt; Children; Czechoslovakia
Vendor: First Run/Icraus Films

Theresienstadt 1941-1945
22 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
A brief account of the Theresienstadt concentration camp that uses archival photographs, videos, and numerous drawings by its inmates, adults, and children. Amid the daily struggles to live, the inmates managed to preserve a rich cultural life that was used by the Nazis to deceive the outside world, most infamously during the June 1944 visit of the International Red Cross, into believing that it was a model camp. Of the 140,000 Jews imprisoned there during the war, only about 20,000 managed to survive the camp and subsequent transport to other death camps that many of them were forced to suffer.
Subject(s): Theresienstadt/Terezin; Czechoslovakia; Ghettos
Vendor: Beit Terezin

Theresienstadt Gateway to Auschwitz
60 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
Survivors, who were childern in Theresienstadt during the war, tell their stories. The tape is interspersed with original art work and photographs. 15,000 children under fifteen years of age were incarcerated in Theresienstadt and only 100 survived.
Subject(s): Theresienstadt/Terezin; Children; Holocaust Art
Vendor: American Film & Video Assoc.

They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust
24 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
Righteous Gentiles, who have been honored at Yad Vashem for saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust, tell their stories.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Gay Block

The Third Generation
50 min / Color / Adult / VHS
Three generations of Germans and Israelis actively involved in building a new relationship between individuals while trying to come to terms with negative and ambivalent attitudes.
Subject(s): Post-Holocaust Attitudes: Germans/Israelis;
Second Generation
Vendor: The Cinema Guild

Thirty-Four Years After Hitler
19 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This 60 Minutes report documents the resurgence of Nazism in West Germany today. Included are sequences showing their activities: clandestine meetings, hatemongering street rallies, indoctrination camps for youngsters and military maneuvers using arms and armaments purchased from war surplus. Propaganda material is traced to a neo-Nazi organization operating out of Lincoln, Nebraska, revealed as conduit for funds from supporters around the world.
Subject(s): Neo-Nazism Germany
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Through our Eyes Children of the Holocaust
25 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
Through poems, diaries and other writings, children give a first hand account of the Holocaust. Some of these children survived, others did not.
Subject(s): Children Survivors; Literature
Vendor: Zenger Video

Tiger at the Gate
20 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
Explains the reasons for Hitler's appeal and his rise to power, the developments that gave the Nazis popular support, and the means they used to broaden and consolidate their power . . . seen without benefit of hindsight.
Subject(s): History of German Nazism
Vendor: Films for the Humanitie,Inc.

A Time to Gather Stones Together
29 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
This video follows a group of Jewish genealogists and Holocaust survivors who returned to the area of Poland and Ukraine known as Galicia. Their mission was to search for ancestral documents in State and local archives and to visit towns of family origin or places from which they had escaped the Holocaust. Tour director and noted genealogist Miriam Weiner, arranged for access to archives in Poland and Ukraine where tour participants did on-site research and obtained more than 100 copies of documents.
Subject(s): Survivors; Genealogy; Warsaw; Kiev; Lvov
Vendor: Documentaries International

To Bear Witness
50 min / Color / Adult / VHS
Filmed at the 1985 Liberators Conference in Washington D.C., presents a series of interviews with the survivors and liberators of the concentration camps.
Subject(s): Survivors; Liberation
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

To Mend the World
90 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This tape expresses the horror of the Holocaust through the eyes of artists. It presents hundreds of paintings, never before seen publicly, by brilliant artists who are survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.
Subject(s): Artists; Survivors; Concentration Camps
Vendor: Films Inc.

Tomorrow Came Much Later
58 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
A group of high school students from Ohio join 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. They also visit Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal,in Vienna. The teens then discuss their reactions to the trip, noting that Lautman enabled them to humanize what had been dry facts, and to gain a heightened sense of experiences of those whom the Nazis persecuted.
Subject(s): Holocaust Survivors
Vendor: Zenger Video

Transport 222
30 min / Color / Adult / VHS
This incredible film about the secret exchange of British-held Germans for Dutch Jewish concentration camp prisoners retraces the journey of two groups: Germans returning to a collapsing Third Reich, and dazed Jews making their way to Palestine.
Subject(s): Dutch Jews; Concentration Camp Exchange; Germans; Palestine
Vendor: Israel Video

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
90 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
This film is part of the Witness to the Holocaust series. This extensive testimony and evidence reveals Eichmann's responsibility in the final solution of the Jewish question. It includes numerous eyewitness accounts.
Subject(s): Nazi War Criminals; Adolf Eichmann
Vendor: Zenger Video

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
2 Hours / Color / General Audience / VHS
This documentary video, hosted by David Brinkley, presents actual trial footage of the trial in Jerusalem of the Nazi SS colonel who orchestrated the Final Solution of the Jewish Problem leading to the mass genocideof six million Jewish victims during World War II.
Subject(s): Nazi Genocide; Adolf Eichmann
Vendor: Public Broadcasting Service

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann 1961
16 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
The video contains historical footage, still photos, background information and insightful commentary from interviews with NY Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal, whose reports on Nazi War criminals hiding in America were factors in their deportation and prosecution. Also appearing is Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. (The video is part of a learning-packet including various educational resource materials for teaching about the Holocaust.)
Subject(s): Eichmann; War Criminals; War Crimes Trials; Genocide
Vendor: Educational Media

The Trial (Part I)
90 minutes / BW Adult / VHS
This is the first part of a 3 part video documenting the proceedings in the trial of fifteen SS guards in the Majdanek Extermination Camp near Lublin, Poland during World War II. The trial was held in Duesseldorf, Germany between 1975 and 1981.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; Genocide
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film

The Trial (Part II)
90 minutes / BW Adult / VHS
This is the second of three cassettes documenting the proceedings by the German government from 1975 to 1981 against 15 accused SS Nazi guards at the Majdanek extermination camp near Lublin, Poland during World War II.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; genocide
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film

The Trial (Part III)
90 minutes / BW Adult / VHS
This is the third of three cassettes documenting the proceedings in Duesseldorf, Germany between 1975 and 1981 of 15 accused Nazi SS guards at the Majdaneck extermination camp near Lublin, Poland during World War II.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; genocide
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film

The Triumph of Memory
29 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHS
Non-Jewish resistance fighters were sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. As non-Jews they bear witness to the Holocaust and provide a moving reminder about the actions of the Nazis in Mauthausen, Buchenwald and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The film is narrated by Arnost Lustig, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and twice winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Righteous Gentiles; Resistance
Vendor: PBS Video

Triumph of the Spirit
120 min / Color / Adult / VHS
It is 1939. Salamo Arouch was the middleweight boxing champion of the Balkans. But when the Nazis occupy Greece, he, his family and friends are rounded up and sent to the Auschwitz death camp. While the people of his village are tortured, hung, shot or gassed, Salamo is given a chance to survive. For the entertainment of the SS officers, he must fight against a fellow inmate. The fight is over only when the loser can no longer stand. The winner will live to fight again. Salamo fights so that he can live, always wondering if he can save his father, friends and his soul. Every time he wins, his opponent dies in the gas showers.
Subject(s): Greece; War Crimes; Auschwitz; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Triumph of the Will
110 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
Leni Riefenstahl's film of the Sixth Nazi Party Congress at Nuremberg in 1934. A masterpiece of Nazi propaganda, it provides a fascinating psychological study of the Nazi leaders in action. Told visually with very little dialogue. Speeches by Hitler and others are in German with no subtitles.
Subject(s): Nazi Propaganda
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

The Truth Shall Make Us Free
51 minutes / Color / 9th Grade+ / VHS
This is a documentary about Michael Schmidt, who posed as a German neo-Nazi to infiltrate into present-day German neo-Nazi hate groups. It provides a shocking close-up view of the activities of these groups inside present-day Germany.
Subject(s): Neo-Nazism; Germany; prejudice
Vendor: Filmakers Library

Tsvi Nussbaum A Boy From Warsaw
50 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS
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, provides the interpretive framework for exploring the boys history. The boys 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 alternative interpretations of the photograph, its pedigree and meaning.
Subject(s): Children; Warsaw Ghetto
Vendor: MTV Finland

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Ugly Face of Freedom (CBS 60 Minutes)
15 min / Color / Adult / VHS
This video, a segment of CBS 60 Minutes, shows Lvov today and the anti-Semitism that still exists. The film is interspersed with archival film footage. Simon Wiesenthal is interviewed as are some of the Ukrainians living there.
Subject(s): Ukraine; Lvov; Anti-Semitism; Simon Wiesenthal
Vendor: CBS Video

Under the Domim Tree
102 minutes / Color / 9th Grade + / VHS
Film story about a group of teen-age survivors of the Holocaust living in a youth village in Israel and the inner problems they face.
Subject(s): Survivors; Psychological Problems
Vendor: Brandeis University

Upon the Head of the Goat
35 min / Color / 5th Grade, 6th Grade / VHS Filmstrip (FSH 120)
Aranka Siegal recalls her childhood, telling the story of the Hungarian Jews and the tragic changes in their lives with the rise of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe. Using black and white photographs from the period (1939-1944) and watercolor illustrations, the film depicts the five year period leading up to her deportation to Auschwitz.
Subject(s): Hungary; Pre-World War II Anti-Semitism

The Upstairs Room

37 min / Color / JHS / VHS
When Germany invaded Holland, Annei de Leeuw and her sister are forced to separate from their family and go into hiding in a small, upstairs room of a remote farmhouse where they spend the next two and a half years. Imaginatively illustrated with watercolor drawings, this film vividly reflects Annies spirit of optimism, courage and humor.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Holland Under Nazis
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

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Verdict for Tomorrow
28 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS Filmstrip
A well documented account of the Eichmann trial, narrated by Lowell Thomas. The film is based on the actual footage gathered during the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem and utilizes the trial as a reminder of Nazism and Jewish persecution.
Subject(s): Eichmann Trial; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Vienna is Different
75 min / Color / HS+ / VHS
Against the backdrop of both the Waldheim controversy and the 50th anniversary of the Anschluss, Hitler's annexation of Austria, this video depicts Austrians addressing a past that has been suppressed and denied. It depicts aristocrats, neo-Nazis, Jews, people on the street and Waldheim himself. Hitler boasted that he learned his anti-Semitism in the streets of Vienna.
Subject(s): Anti-Semitism; Austria
Vendor: Filmakers Library Inc.

The Visas That Saved Lives
115 min / Color / HS / VHS
At 5:15 one summer morning in 1940, Chiune Sugihara, Japans consul-general in Lithuania, awoke to the sound of a low rumble outside. It was the sound of over 200 persons filling the crowded street outside the consulate. The consul immediately hid his wife and children, fearing the worst. It did not take him long to realize that those outside were Jews hoping to get visas that would take them out of the country to freedom. While American consuls throughout the neutral world were instructed not to grant such visas, Sugihara took it upon himself to issue an estimated 1600 visas. Japanese with English subtitles. Docu-drama.
Subject(s): Docu-drama; Sugihara,Chiune; Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

Voices from the Attic
58 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
The filmmaker of this documentary, Debbie Goodstein is a second-generation descendant of Holocaust survivors. She describes her visit to Poland along with members of her family to the home of peasants who had saved sixteen members of her family from extermination by the Nazis during World War II.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; 2nd Generation; survivors
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Voices of Survival
57 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
Documentary of personal testimony of seven European survivors of Hitler's final solution of the Jewish problem. 1) Background of the Holocaust. 2) The First Stages. 3) The Camps. 4) The Final Stage and the Aftermath.
Subject(s): Survivors; Holocaust-History
Vendor: Suncoast Media, Inc.

Voyage of the Damned (2 Parts)
182 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
Based on a true incident just prior to World War II, this drama tells of a shipload of 937 German Jewish refugees aboard the St. Louis that set off for Cuba. When permission to disembark in Havana was suddenly revoked, the captain petitioned other nations to receive the passengers, but was refused by all (including the United States). It became clear to the passengers that they were victims of a cruel Nazi propaganda scheme to show the world that Jews were not welcome anywhere. The films focus is on the personal lives of several passengers, most of whom were fated to return to German concentration camps.
Subject(s): Emigration; Escape Attempts; fiction
Vendor: Magnetic Video Industrial Park

Voyage of the St. Louis

52 Minutes / BW / General Audience / VHS
A documentary about the German ocean liner which carried 917 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to Cuba in the summer of 1939. The story of the revoking of their entry visas by the Cuban dictator, the subsequent denial of the U.S. to grant them asylum, and the eventual death of three-quarters of the passengers in Nazi death-camps make this a compelling historical account.
Subject(s): rescue; refugees; United States; Cuba
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film

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Waldheim: A Commission of Inquiry
155 min / Color / HS+ / VHS
This tape examines the question of whether or not Kurt Waldheim participated in acts which were contrary to the international laws of war. The program presents a fair and impartial hearing into the charges against Mr. Waldheim.
Subject(s): Kurt Waldheim; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

A Walk through the 20th Century: The Democrat and the Dictator
58 min/ BW and Color 8th Grade and up / VHS
A part of his 20th Century series for Public Television, this documentary with Bill Moyers traces the public careers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler, and draws penetrating comparisons between them.
Subject(s): Franklin D. Roosevelt; Adolf Hitler; World War II
Vendor: Social Studies School Services

The Wannsee Conference
90 min / Color / HS+ / VHS
On January 20, 1942, a conference took place in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. The entire meeting took ninety minutes, during which the Final Solution was voted on.
Subject(s): Final Solution; Wannsee Conference; Fiction
Vendor: Films Inc.

War and Love
112 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This is a drama about two Jewish teenagers fighting against the Nazis during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The two are captured and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Surviving the horrors of the camp, they search for one another after the war's end.
Subject(s): Children; Warsaw Ghetto; Fiction
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center Media Dept.

The Warsaw Ghetto
51 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
This film is based on a compilation of Nazi photographic records. It depicts the Warsaw Ghetto from its creation in 1940 until its destruction in 1943. It includes scenes of atrocity and starvation. It depicts the daily lives of Jews within the Ghetto and their struggle to maintain their culture, their religion, and their dignity.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; Nazi Atrocities
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Warsaw Ghetto
20 min / BW / JHS+ / VHS Filmstrip
This tape, narrated by Theodore Bikel, describes the Holocaust and in particular, events which occurred in Warsaw, Poland in 1943.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; Resistance
Vendor: Jewish Labor Committee

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
23 min / Color / & BW / HS / VHS
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Ghetto Fighters House at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot has produced this new video. Archival film footage, authentic still photographs and actual testimonies of survivors help us to understand that brief and courageous chapter in Jewish history. Beginning with the Nazi invasion of Poland, we are led step by step through the deportations, life in the ghetto, the formation of a resistance organization and finally, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.English narration.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Resistance
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

We Must Never Forget: The Story of the Holocaust
25 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This is an educational video aiming to dramatize for students the poisonous consequences of hatred and bigotry. Through the use of historic documentary footage outling the background of the rise of Nazism as well as of the horrific actions of the Nazi regime, and of testimony of Holocaust survivors, the video urges students to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to present day outbreaks of prejudice. (Includes educational study-guide.)
Subject(s): Nazism; survivors; prejudice
Vendor: Knowledge Unlimited, Inc.

We Were Marked With a Big A
44 min / Color / & BW / Adult / VHS
This video tells the story of three gay Holocaust survivors. The name of the film refers to a yellow cloth with a big A on it, that initially some victims were forced to wear around their legs. Later, when the marking system became more developed, all homosexual inmates were forced to wear a pink triangle. German dialogue with English sub-titles.
Subject(s): Homosexuals
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

We Were So Beloved
145 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
This critically acclaimed documentary focuses on the contradictions that exist in the aftermath of survival. In 1936 filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer came to the United States with his parents, German Jews fleeing Hitler. Assimilated into a German society that suddenly turned its back on them, 20,000 refugees left their homeland and built a solid, prosperous middle-class community in upper Manhattan.
Subject(s): Survivors ; Germany
Vendor: First Run Features

We Were There Jewish Liberators of the Nazi Concentration Camps
35 min / Color / & BW / Not recommended for below college level / VHS
This story is about the special relationship that developed between Jewish-American G.I.s and the survivors of the Nazi Concentration Camps. This video documents the experiences of Jewish soldiers on the front line of battle and how they came face to face with the horror of the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Liberators; Survivors; Concentration Camps
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Weapons of the Spirit
90 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This film by Pierre Sauvage tells the true story of a small French village which managed to save 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. The village is Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in central France whose inhabitants are descendants of Protestants who were heavily persecuted in previous centuries. They decided to resist evil with the weapons of the spirit and managed to double the population of their community right under the Nazis noses. This is Sauvage's personal story, as he was born in Le Chambon to Jewish parents hiding there. He returned there and interviewed the villagers.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; France; Rescue
Vendor: Friends of Le Chambon (Pierre Sauvage, President)

Weapons of the Spirit (Classroom Version)
35 min / Color / JHS+ / VHS
This video tells the story of a small French village which managed to save 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. The inhabitants of Le Chambon, which is in central France, are descendants of Protestants who were heavily persecuted in previous centuries. They decided to resist evil with the weapons of the spirit and managed to double their population of their community right under the Nazis noses.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Le Chambon, France
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

When I was 14: A Survivor Remembers
30 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHS
Subject(s): Survivors
Vendor: University of California Extension

The White Rose
108 min / Color / HS+ / VHS
This film dramatizes the true story of a group of German students, the White Rose, who printed and distributed thousands of anti-Nazi leaflets during WWII. Both an absorbing suspense drama and a moving tale of courage, the film inspires the hope that a White Rose can grow even in a country silenced by fear and oppression. In German with English subtitles.
Subject(s): Docu-drama; Righteous Gentiles; Resistance in Germany
Vendor: Zenger Video

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?
90 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
Interviews and newsreel footage of action or lack of it taken by American Jews. It argues that more people could have probably been saved if a concerted action had been taken by the Allies.
Subject(s): Rescue; American Jews
Vendor: Zenger Video

Witness and Legacy
22 minutes / Color / General Audience / VHS
A video concerning contemporary art about the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Art
Vendor: 27th Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches

Witness to Genocide (The Nazis)
60 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
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.
Subject(s): Nazi War Crimes; Concentration Camps
Vendor: Filmic Archives

Witness to the Holocaust (7 segments)
10-15 min each / BW / General Audience / VHS
Each 10-15 minute segment covers a different aspect of the Holocaust, from the rise of the Nazis through liberation.
Subject(s): Holocaust
Vendor: The Cinema Guild

The Witnesses
60 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHS
Compiled from footage taken by the Germans in the Warsaw Ghetto between 1940 and 1943. This film documents the suffering of 600,000 Jews, all but 500 of whom died at the hands of the Nazis. Jews are shown attempting to maintain their religious practices, educate their young, and survive. Survivors tell of their experiences.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; spiritual resistance; survivors
Vendor: Jewish Media Service

Witnesses: Anti-Semitism in Poland 1946
26 min / Color / & BW / HS+ / VHS
July 4, 1946, Kielce, Poland. It had been a year since the war had ended. Jewish survivors had returned to their lives. On that day 42 Jews were killed and many more wounded because of a rumor that Jews were killing Christian children for their blood. This forgotten episode is chillingly retold by the Polish people who were there. Witnesses was filmed in secret in the locations where the massacre took place. Polish with English sub-titles and voice over.
Subject(s): Kielce Massacre; Survivors; Post World War II Anti-Semitism
Vendor: Filmmakers Library, Inc.

Woebbelin, Ohrdruf, Gunskirchen Lager
30 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
This video, which is part of the Witness to the Holocaust series at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has archival film footage along with eye witness testimony.
Subject(s): Concentration Camp
Vendor: Emory University

Woebbelin, Witness to the Holocaust Project
30 min / BW / HS+ / VHS
This video includes slides taken by soldiers when they liberated the camps. Chaplain Albert C. Wildman gives eyewitness testimony.
Subject(s): Concentration Camps
Vendor: Emory University

The World of Anne Frank
28 min / Color / General Audience / VHS
A docu-drama about the Anne Frank story. It includes interviews with Annes father, Otto Frank and those who risked their lives to hide the Frank family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.
Subject(s): Anne Frank; Righteous Gentiles; Holland
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

World War II: Nuremberg Trials

54 min / BW General Audience / VHS
This documentary film highlights the evidence of Nazi war-crimes that was disclosed at the post-war trials at Nuremberg.
Subject(s): War Crimes; Nazi Post-War Trials; Nuremberg Trials
Vendor: Alpha Video Distributers, Inc.

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You Are Free
20 min / Color / & BW / JHS+ / VHS
This film focuses on interviews with five people who were present when the liberation of the camps took place. Interviewed are four Americans who helped liberate the camps and one woman who survived them. Included is rare footage of the camps from the United States National Archives.
Subject(s): Liberation; Survivors
Vendor: Direct Cinema Ltd.

Young Pioneers

60 min / Color / & BW / General Audience / VHS
Commemorative video the story of the rise and development of the Young Pioneer youth movement in the Subkarpathian region of Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II.
Subject(s): Czechoslovakia; Zionist movement; Pre-war Jewish Life
Vendor: Avekta Productions

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Zegota A Time To Remember

52 min / Color / Adult / VHS
This video is a story of moral courage evidenced by Polish Christians on behalf of Polish Jewish victims during the Holocaust period. The documentary shows some of the participants, both Christian rescuers and Jewish survivors, as they recount their actual wartime experiences in Poland.
Subject(s): Christian Rescuers; Poland; Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Documentaries Internatl. Film & Video Foundation

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