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Some Films on the Holocaust
A Film Unfinished / Shtikat haarchion
Call Number: DVD 19138
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites. Included is an interview, and more.
Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (Even dwarfs started small)
Call Number: DVD 1519
The inmates have taken over an institution in a bleak and savage world in which everyone's a dwarf. As one of the institution's directors holds a rebel hostage while issuing orders for calm, the other inmates run amok, smashing equipment, setting fires, fighting for power and tormenting two blind prisoners.
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
Call Number: DVD 6662
This six-part series tells the story of the Auschwitz Death Camp, site of the largest mass murder in the history of the world.
Band of Brothers
Call Number: DVD 1823
Tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, an elite rifle company that parachuted into France early on D-Day morning, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden, and suffered heavy casualties.
Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
Call Number: DVD 17137
In a north German village prior to the outbreak of World War I, strange events, accidents, and deaths are occurring. The village people are beside themselves with worry and can't figure out what to do. After the school teacher starts to unravel the mystery, he discovers that the children of the town may be guilty of the crimes and have formed a secret society that the local pastor's daughter appears to be the leader of.
Death Mills by
Publication Date: 1945
Originally made with a German soundtrack for screening in occupied Germany and Austria, this film was the first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi extermination camps: the survivors, the conditions, and the evidence of mass murder.
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.
Call Number: DVD 12957 / DVD 5268
The heart-wrenching, yet often heroic story of the millions of men, women and children who fell victim to Hitler's Final Solution.
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 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.
Mein Kampf (Originally titled Den Blodiga Tiden)
Call Number: DVD 22532
Using actual film footage from untapped German archives, the story of the rise and fall of German fascism is graphically portrayed. Among the subjects covered: German economic chaos between the wars, rise of fascist ideology, beginnings of WW II, the extermination of European Jewry, and the ultimate defeat of Hitler by the western allies.
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.
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
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 20483
This fateful love story is set in Prague during the late 1930s and subsequent Nazi occupation. It focuses on radio journalist Emil, who is deeply in love with his glamorous Jewish movie star wife Hana. When the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia is established, Hana's career is cut short and Emil's radio station put under German control. Emil chooses to collaborate with the occupiers in order to survive and protect his wife. Ironically, this choice threatens to destroy the very thing he's trying to protect: Hana.
Salò: or The 120 days of Sodom
Call Number: DVD 11867
A transposition of the Marques de Sade's eighteenth century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy. A thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.
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 2818 / DVD 17296
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.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Call Number: DVD 8986 / DVD 22521
Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding due to the increasing persecutions against Jews. Businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the attic rooms above their place of business. They arrange for the Frank and Van Daan families to stay there. Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Anne Frank is Otto's 13-year-old daughter. She writes about the remarkable account of their lives, their growing fear of discovery, their deplorable living conditions and even the blooming of her first love.
The Night Porter
Call Number: DVD 886
The chance meeting of a woman and a former Nazi SS officer brings back memories of their sado-masochistic relationship in a concentration camp years before.
The World at War
Call Number: DVD 12006
An extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war's pivotal events.
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.
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Hollywood and the Holocaust