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Aimée & Jaguar
Call Number: DVD 387
Its the Battle of Berlin, during World War 2, two women find each other. One is single, Aimée, the other, Jaguar, is unhappily married with 4 children. In war torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish, it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. When Jaguar's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about the relationship of his wife to Aimée, nothing but trouble becomes the result.
Call Number: DVD 17673
In this haunting short fiction film, a group of Jewish children and their teacher are herded into an ambulance by Nazis; the vehicle, ordinarily representing comfort and safety, becomes the group's death chamber.
Call Number: DVD 3888
When a newly commissioned SS Lieutenant witnesses the chemical disinfectant he's helped perfect being used to systematically murder interred Jews, he knows he must act. The only sympathetic ear he finds is a young priest with ties to the Vatican. As the two unlikely allies fight to reveal the truth to the Church and world, they discover that a man of conscience can commit treason and a man of God can commit heresy in order to thwart genocide.
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Call Number: DVD 6840
Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II.
Border Street (Ulica Graniczna)
Call Number: DVD 8238
A tragedy about an old tailor who tries to save his daughters and others in the Warsaw ghetto. Culminates with the uprising of 1943, when Jews, supported by the Polish underground, take up arms and die fighting.
Council of the Gods (Der rat der Götter)
Call Number: DVD 14961
A chemist who is neutral in the war allows poison to be produced in his factory that is being used in the Nazi concentration camps to kill the masses.
Das Schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl)
Call Number: DVD 14573
Sonja undertakes a school project for an essay writing contest on the subject of her town's history during the Third Reich. She begins to search for facts, but those people who have personal experience of that time are unwilling to provide her with information.
Demain on déménage (Tomorrow we move)
Call Number: DVD 4574
When Charlotte takes in her widowed mother, the ensuing clutter drives her to distraction. As Charlotte pursues her desperate, slapstick quest for peace, her solution is to relocate, but the flood of buyers only make the place more crowded.
Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)
Call Number: DVD 17398
An anti-Semitic propaganda film recorded by German cameramen from a visit to the Lodz Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland with the naive co-operation of the Jewish community. Uses rare archival clips from international newsreels and excerpts from related cultural films to portray the world's Jews as swindlers and parasites.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Call Number: DVD 8986
Teenaged Anne Frank, a Dutch Jew, perished along with most of her family in a concentration camp, but her hopes, dreams, and optimistic outlook has endured through the publication of her diary in 1952. Her diary conveys the precariousness of the Frank family and that of their fellow exiles, the Van Daan family and fussy dentist Mr. Dussel. They spent their time hiding from the Gestapo in a tiny Amsterdam attic.
Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters)
Call Number: DVD 11743
Germany, 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a life of cards, booze, and women. Suddenly his luck runs dry when he is arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. He is immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp....
Die Wannsee Konferenz
Call Number: DVD 11771
A real time reenactment of the 90 minute Wannsee Conference, January 2, 1942, attended by 15 Nazi leaders to map out the implementation of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question, determining the fate of the Jewish people. Author Paul Mommertz and director Heinz Schirk reconstructed the events of the conference as authentically as possible based on the original conference minutes.
Call Number: DVD 5022
One of the first theatrical films about the Holocaust, banned for decades in the Czech Republic and then rediscovered, follows the struggles of Dr. Hannah Kaufman and her family from the time of the Nazi Occupation of Prague through her experiences in the transit camp of Theresienstadt (modern Terezin).
Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night)
Call Number: DVD 17851
Diamonds of the night is a study of two Jewish boys who escape from a train which is transporting them from one concentration camp to another.
Edges of the Lord
Call Number: DVD 17198
Romek is a Jewish boy from Krakow hiding out with a rural Catholic family in Poland in 1943. Romek soons finds himself in an ackward position with the other children of the village, who don't know whether to view the newcomer as a friend or rival. In a catechism class taught by a local priest, Ramek meets Marka, a local thirteen-year-old whose romantic interest sparks some twists that include betrayal, murder, and revenge with religious overtones.
Call Number: DVD 3155
The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years.
Fuehrer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt (The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews)
Call Number: DVD 13487
This is the only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany's Ministry of Propaganda produced this 1944 film about Theresienstadt, the "model" ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin, a town in the former Czechoslovakia. Goebbles intended to use the film to prove to the International Red cross and the world that Jews were being well-treated in the camps. The film, however, is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life.
Call Number: DVD 6045
A journalist assigned to write a series of articles on anti-semitism decides to pose as a Jew and finds out first-hand what it is like to be the victim of intolerance.
God afton, herr Wallenberg (Good evening, Mr. Wallenberg)
Call Number: DVD 17638
The story of Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg who helped Jews in Budapest, Hungary in 1944 obtain Swedish passports to get them out of Adolph Eichmann's deadly path. He saved over 60,000 people in Budapest's Jewish ghetto
The Great Dictator
Call Number: DVD 19608
In Chaplin's first talkie, he plays the duel role of dictator Adenoid Hynkel and a Jewish barber who is a dead-ringer look-alike for der Nutsie...and who thwarts his plans for world domination.
Hiroshima mon amour
Call Number: DVD 2379
A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier.
Call Number: DVD 11696
Follows the tragedy and triumph of the Weiss family of Berlin and intertwines their fate as European Jews with the story of a German family, the Dorfs, whose members include a high-ranking Nazi officer. Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass" occurs and the Weiss family suffer a series of unspeakable tragedies in the aftermath.
Holocaust: The Liberation of Auschwitz
Call Number: DVD 10828
Film footage, taken by Soviet photographer Alexander Vorontsov, of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz. He describes the feelings that he and his comrades felt at the liberation.
Idi i Smotri
Call Number: DVD 3209
The horrific and harrowing experiences of a young boy coming of age during the brutal German occupation of Byelorussia during the Great Patriotic War.
Call Number: DVD 17871
During World War II, a group of Jewish-American guerilla soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine, become known as "The Basterds." They are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish woman who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers. A plot is set in motion to kill the Nazis at the theater's movie premier, including Adolph Hitler.
Call Number: DVD 3246
Based on a true story, an extraordinary tale of a simple Jewish man who rises from a life of obscurity to defend his heritage. With Hitler on the brink of power and the world on the road to war. A journey from a humble village in Poland to the giddy excesses of 1930's Berlin and the risks he took to fight for his people.
Jakob der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)
Call Number: DVD 265
Trapped in a Polish ghetto with thousands of other Jews facing starvation or deportation to the death camps, Jacob is detained one evening at the local Gestapo headquarters. Eavesdropping, he overhears a radio report about a nearby Russian victory. At first he is silent, but circumstances compel him to pass on the good news of hope. In order to be believed, he feigns access to a hidden, strictly forbidden radio. Quickly he becomes a one-man bulwark against despair, a reluctant hero, but a tragic figure still-- a man ultimately powerless to see or change the fate of his people.
Judgment at Nuremberg
Call Number: DVD 4293
American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career.
Call Number: DVD 16074
This notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama is based on the Nazi version of the novel of the same title by Lion Feuchtwanger, which is based on the real historical character of Josef Süss Oppenheimer who was a Jewish tax advisor to Karl Alexander during the early 1700's and was publicly executed in Stuttgart for manipulation of state funds.
Call Number: DVD 22614 / DVD 21206
The film opens in the late 1930s with pediatrician, writer, teacher, and radio personality Korczak working as the administrator of an orphanage in the slums of Warsaw. When the Nazis invade Poland, move Korczak and his Jewish charges into the ghetto, and begin shipping cattle cars full of adult Jews to Treblinka, the doctor does everything in his power to try to protect the children from the uglier aspects of the ominous quarantine.
Call Number: DVD 6838
Traces a young peasant's journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a nation and one troubled boy's horrific coming of age, the disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt.
La Dernière Lettre (The Last Letter)
Call Number: DVD 11289
In 1941, a Russian-Jewish doctor recites her final letter to her son as she awaits her destruction at the hands of the Nazis in a Jewish ghetto in German-occupied Berdychev. In her letter, she describes conditions within the ghetto and the futile but necessary efforts to maintain a semblance of normal life.
La Régle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game)
Call Number: DVD 2695
Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs.
Le Chagrin et le Petie (The Sorrow and the Pity)
Call Number: DVD 563
Examines the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance and shows antisemitism.
Les yeux sans visage
Call Number: DVD 3608
A plastic surgeon, holed up in a Paris mansion, is obsessively slicing off the faces of kidnapped women and grafting the flayed skin onto the rotting countenance of his beloved young daughter, disfigured in an automobile accident.
Mein Kampf (My Struggle)
Call Number: DVD 17634
Mein Kampf (My struggle) is the book written by Adolf Hitler in which he laid out his political philosophy. Regarded inside Germany as the bible of National Socialism, it was an accurate blueprint of what he aspired to accomplish when in power. After its publication few believed that Hitler and his Nazi Party intended to carry out every phrase of his literal program. In this film everything is taken from original footage and actually happened in our time. It tries to answer the burning questions, such as what exactly happened during this terrible time in our history and how it was made possible.
Call Number: DVD 9396
Set in Nazi-occupied France 'Mr. Klein' is the riveting story of one man's search for another who shares his name, and who has stolen his identity.
Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided We Fall)
Call Number: DVD 2983
During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslavakia, a couple, Josef and Marie, decide to hide a young Jewish neighbor in their small apartment. They keep getting a visit from their neighbor, Horst, who is a German sympathizer and has his eye on Marie. When she rejects his advances he seeks revenge by trying to move a Nazi clerk into their home, forcing the couple to tell a lie that will change their lives forever.
Nazi Concentration Camps
Call Number: DVD 16095
Nazi concentration camps: The official film record of the Nazi death camps as photographed by Allied forces advancing into Germany. Shows surviving prisoners, victims of medical experiments, gas chambers, and open mass graves.
Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog)
Call Number: DVD 2380
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage
Obchod na Korze (The Shop on Main Street)
Call Number: DVD 2570
In 1942, Tono and his wife are struggling because of his antipathy towards the fascist regime. His brother-in-law, the local fuehrer, chooses Tono to oversee a button shop owned by a sweet, harmless Jewish widow, Mrs. Lautman. Unable to explain his position to Mrs. Lautman, Tono gradually accepts her belief that he is her assistant. When the Jews are ordered deported, the well-meaning Tono decides to shield her from the Nazis.
Call Number: DVD 7246
A documentary of the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin.
Ostani Etap (The Last Stage)
Call Number: DVD 17191
Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is, by a coincidence, chosen as an interpreter, but her entire family is killed. The horrible lives of female inmates of Auschwitz are chronicled in this accurate recreation of actual events. Based on the actual experiences of film director, Wanda Jakubowska, as a prisoner of a German concentration camp.
Call Number: DVD 15886
A German woman on a ship coming back to Europe notices a face of another woman which brings recollections from the past. She tells her husband that she has been an overseer in Auschwitz during the war, but she has actually saved a woman's life. Two versions of the past are shown.
Call Number: DVD 11366
Sol Nazerman is a WWII Nazi deathcamp survivor. Now, he runs a pawnshop and takes refuge in misery and a bitter condemnation of humanity.
Call Number: DVD 29221
Set in a rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post-World War II Jewish identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret performer, her face disfigured and reconstructed, returns to her war-ravaged hometown to seek out the gentile husband who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story that's as richly metaphorical as it is preposterously engrossing.
Call Number: DVD 4743
In 1987, 400 color slides were found in a second-hand bookstore in Vienna. The photographs were taken in the Lodz Ghetto by Walter Genewein, the Nazi's chief accountant for the notorious slave labor camp for Jews.
Call Number: DVD 1965
Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis.
A pátý Jez̧dec je Strach (The Fifth Rider is Fear)
Call Number: DVD 6614
An aging Jewish doctor is forbidden to practice medicine in Prague during the Nazi occupation. He is employed in a warehouse as a clerk, cataloguing confiscated Jewish property. When a partisan is wounded, the doctor reluctantly agrees to treat him. The doctor hides him in his run-down apartment buiding as he sneaks through the black-market underworld of Prague in search of morphine to ease the man's pain, ever fearful of informant neighbors and vigilant authorities.
Call Number: DVD 17186
After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. Traveling to Berlin to interview a woman who knew her mother as a child, Hannah hears the story of a week in 1943 when the Aryan wives of Jewish men held captive in a building on Rosenstrasse protested in the name of love, and realizes how little she knew of her mother's troubled childhood.
Saul fia = Son of Saul
Call Number: DVD 29363
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish.
Call Number: DVD 4700
The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands.
Call Number: DVD 17296 or DVD 2818
The Nazi extermination of Jews is examined through interviews of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators and through footage of the sites of the death camps and environs as they appear today. Those interviewed include Jewish survivors of the death camps and the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Polish farmers and villagers who lived near the camps and Nazis who worked in the camps and the ghettos.
Sobibor, 14 Octobre 1943, 16 heures
Call Number: DVD 17609
It tells a story about a unique event in the history of concentration camps when six hundred inmates organized the mass revolt and escape in the camp Sobibor in Poland. The story is told by a single survivor, Yehuda Lerner, who arrived to the camp together with the Soviet army colonel Petchersky and sixty other strong men. Thanks to this, they had the necessary military expertise and human power to organize a successful uprising. They all knew the attack had to happen simultaneously and on October 14, 1943, at precisely 4 pm, the inmates killed the majority of the guards using knives and hatchets.
Call Number: DVD 16563
Streep stars as a Polish Catholic who having survived Auschwitz, settles in America after World War II. A personalized view of the Holocaust and its devastating effect on one woman who survived it but lost her children.
The Specialist: Portrait of a Modern Criminal
Call Number: DVD 5949
Lt. Colonel SS, Adolf Eichmann was responsible for the expulsion of Jews, Slovenians, and Gypsies from the Reich between 1938 and 1941, and later, their deportation from Europe to the death camps. Hiding in Argentina, he was captured by the Israeli secret service in 1960. His trial took place in Jerusalem the following year and was the first public event ever recorded on video.
This is Your Life
Call Number: DVD 17985
Eighteen episodes of the television program on which guests were surprised by reviews of their lives and accomplishments by host Ralph Edwards, friends, and relatives. Interviewees in this collection include comedy greats, Hollywood celebrities, music legends, Olympians, and World War II survivors.
To Be or Not to Be
Call Number: DVD 6079
A comedy film of wartime Poland about an acting troupe which becomes involved in international affairs. Includes theatrical trailer.
Triumph of the Will
Call Number: DVD 7977
This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the "most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced". Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer.
The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant)
Call Number: DVD 8837
A young Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, the eight-year-old, Claude (played delicately by first-time actor Alain Cohen), bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa (Michel Simon), who improbably becomes his friend and confidant.
Vaghe stelle dell'orsa
Call Number: DVD 17666
A woman journeys back to her native town of Volterra, ostensibly to attend a ceremony dedicated to her Jewish father who died in a concentration camp. During this journey she confronts old and new ghosts within her family and herself.
Vita è bella (Life is Beautiful)
Call Number: DVD 1319
In 1930s Italy a bumbling Jewish waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. But that life is threatened by World War II.
War and Remembrance
Call Number: DVD 17654
One week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, sweeping the United States into World War Ii, the Henry family is forever changed by the war in the Pacific, and the horror of the Holocaust.
Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?
Call Number: DVD 16650
Tells the story of the American response to the holocaust. Includes interviews with government officials, Jewish leaders, and concentration-camp survivors, combined with newsreel footage.
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