Films of Jewish Interest: Holocaust
Movie Recommendations

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference. Not rated. 1994. DVD 940.5318 A and VHS 940.531503 A
Explores the factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust and asks "Why didn't America do more?"
Anne Frank. Not rated. 2001.
DVD 791.4572 ANN TV
The true portrait of Anne Frank both before and after she went into hiding. Get to know her before the war. Experience the challenges of those who risked their lives to keep her safe. Explore the mystery of who betrayed the Frank family and what happened next.
Anne Frank Remembered. PG. 1995. DVD B F828an
Family members, childhood friends, and the people who hid the Franks bring life to the girl behind the diary. Academy Award-winning documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh with selections from Anne's diary read by Glenn Close. German, Dutch, and English with English subtitles.
The Assisi Underground. PG. 1985. DVD A Drama
Padre Rufino helps Jewish refugees as the Germans begin to occupy Italy.
Au Revoir les Enfants (Goodbye, Children). PG. 1987. DVD A World (French)
Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Louis Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. French with English subtitles.
Auschwitz Death Camp. TV-14. 2006. DVD 940.5318 A
Oprah Winfrey interviews author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. Wiesel talks of his personal experiences at Auschwitz and the meaning of the Holocaust which he detailed in his book, Night. Includes historical documentary footage of the concentration camp.
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State. Not rated. 2005. DVD 940.5318 A
The result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time.
Bach in Auschwitz. Not rated. 1999. VHS 940.5318 B
Inside the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, members of a bizarre prison orchestra struggle against all odds to spare themselves from death. Now, in 1999, on the fiftieth anniversary of Auschwitz, eleven of the members of the Auschwitz Orchestra meet again.
Broken Silence. Not rated. 1998. DVD 940.5318 B
A series of five historical films about human courage, heroism, and triumph among the deepest of adversity during World War II.
Canal. See Kanal.
Le Chambon. Not rated. 1994. VHS C World
The French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon was inhabited by rough farmers of Huguenot descent. They knew a lot about religious persecution from their history. During World War II when Hitler imposed his heinous laws and set out to arrest all Jews, this village would not stand for it. Under the courageous leadership of a Christian pastor, this village risked extermination by the Nazis to provide safety and refuge for 5,000 Jewish children. French with English subtitles.
Conspiracy. R. 2001. DVD 791.4572 CON TV
On January 20, 1942, fifteen German officials attended a conference at Wannsee -- on the outskirts of Berlin. The meeting comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers. The meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann under the direction of Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was a polite conference, but under this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the end of the meeting, the fate of six million lives would be decided and the shape of the world would be altered forever.
The Devil’s Arithmetic. Not rated. 1999. Youth DVD 791.4572 D and VHS 791.4572 D
Sixteen-year-old Hanna Stern was a typical American teenager who ignored her family's heritage until a mystical Passover seder takes her back in time to German-occupied Poland on an emotional journey of life, death, and survival.
The Diary of Anne Frank. 1959. DVD D Drama
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.
Divided We Fall. PG-13. 2000. DVD D World (Czech)
During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, 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. Czech and German with English subtitles.
Elie Wiesel Goes Home. Not rated. 1996 DVD B W6517el
Elie Wiesel returns to the village of his birth and to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the camps where he was interned during World War II.
Europa Europa. R. 1991. DVD E World (German)
The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi. Based on the autobiography of Solly Perel. German and Russian with English subtitles.
Facing Hate, Elie Wiesel with Bill Moyers. Not rated. 1991. VHS 303.387 F
Holocaust survivor Wiesel examines the logic of hatred as expressed in books, religion, history, and personal experience.
Genocide. 1981. DVD 940.5318 S
The heart-wrenching, yet often heroic story of the millions of men, women and children who fell victim to Hitler's Final Solution.
Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg. Not rated. 1990. DVD G World (Swedish)
The story of Raoul Wallenberg, who with the help of the Swedish Embassy, moved to Budapest to help protect Jews from Eichmann's Sonderkommando. Swedish, German, and Hungarian with English subtitles.
Goodbye, Children. See Au Revoir les Enfants.
The Great Dictator. G. 1940. DVD G Comedy
Stars Charlie Chaplin in his first "talkie" playing two totally opposite roles. One is a Jewish barber facing the constant threat of storm troopers and religious persecution. The other is the dictator, Adenoid Hynkel, Chaplin's brilliant lampoon of Adolph Hitler.
The Grey Zone. R. 2001. DVD G Drama
Based on real-life events, a chronicle of a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.
Hanna’s War. PG-13. 1988. VHS H Drama
Real-life Hungarian Jew Hannah Senesh became a martyr to the cause of freedom during World War II. Though safely ensconced in Palestine at the outbreak of the war, Hannah volunteers to venture behind enemy lines in Europe on a life-or-death mission. Unfortunately, she is captured, undergoing unspeakable tortures before the Germans are finished with her.
Holocaust. Not rated. 1978. DVD 791.4572 HOL TV
A made-for-television drama that examines the effect Nazi policies have on two German families.
Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie. Not rated. 1988. VHS 940.5405 H
Academy Award-winning documentary, which traces the forty-year hunt for Klaus Barbie, the infamous Nazi war criminal.
The Hunt for Adolf Eichmann. Not rated. 1994. VHS 364.138 H
Documentary of how the Israelis traced, captured, and brought war criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport. PG. 2000.
DVD 940.53161 I
and VHS 940.53161 I
The life-affirming tale of 10,000 children saved from Hitler's grasp and placed with foster parents and hostels in Great Britain at the outbreak of World War II. Includes archival footage and decades-later remembrances of both the rescuers and the rescued.
Irene Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers. TV-PG. 2011. DVD 940.5318092 I
This is the story of 29-year-old Irena Sendler, who saw the suffering of Warsaw's Jews, reached out to her most trusted colleagues for help, and outwitted the Nazis during World War II. Together, they rescued over 2,500 Jewish children.
Jakob the Liar. PG-13. 1999. DVD J Drama
To combat the overwhelming depression and suicide that pervades a ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, Jakob, a poor Jewish cafe owner, invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis.
Jew-Boy Levi. Not rated. 1999. DVD World (German)
A peaceful, isolated community is engulfed by the hatred and violence of the outside world in this taut drama set in pre-war Germany. Levi, the Jewish cattle dealer, makes his annual trip to a remote farming village but things have changed since his last visit. Nazi propaganda has infected the town and Levi realizes that he has become a target. German with English subtitles.
Kanal (Canal). Not rated. 1957. DVD World (Polish)
During the final days of the Warsaw uprising, a group of Polish citizens and patriots attempt to flee the Nazis through the sewer system. Polish with English subtitles.
Kovno Ghetto: A Buried History. Not rated. 1997. VHS 940.5318 K
This documentary pieces together the story of the Jews of Kovno who risked their live to record their fate in thousands of photos and documents, many of which survived the war. Eighteen survivors of Kovno, including photographer Zvi Kadushin, whose images are the heart of Kovno's legacy, tell their harrowing stories of survival and loss.
The Last Butterfly. PG-13. 1991. DVD L Drama
A French actor refuses to cooperate with the Nazis when he learns the horrifying truth about Terezin, a concentration camp filled with artists and children to prove to the world how well the Nazis treat the imprisoned Jews.
The Last Days. PG-13. 1998. DVD 940.5318 L
The film traces the compelling experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors who fell victim to Hitler's brutal war against the Jews during the final days of World War II.
The Last Metro. PG. 1980. DVD L World (French)
In Nazi-occupied Paris, Jewish director Lucas Steiner is forced to hide in the basement of his theatre while his wife stars in its latest production. Romantic tensions mount as she and her leading man begin to fall in love. At the same time, a pro-Nazi theatre critic ensconces himself in the theatre causing stress to the entire cast. French with English subtitles.
Liberation. Not rated. 1994. DVD 940.5318 L
Using archival footage, contemporary radio broadcasts and enthralling first-person accounts, Liberation recreates the heady atmosphere of Europe emerging from Nazi domination.
Life in a Jar. 2006. DVD 940.5318 L
A Catholic Polish woman rescued over 2,500 Jewish children from certain death during the Holocaust in Poland. Her heroic actions were never told until three students in Kansas were looking for information for a National History Day project. Their research led to the Life in a Jar Project, a play recounting the story of Irena Sendler, and her story became known to the world.
Lodz Ghetto. Not rated. 1989. DVD 940.5315 L
An account of life in the Lodz Ghetto through over a thousand filmed images made at great risk and left deliberately by the doomed community.
The Lost Children of Berlin. Not rated. 1997. VHS 940.5318 L
In April 1942, the last Jewish school in war-torn Berlin was shut down by the Gestapo. In April 1996, fifty of its former students traveled from around the world to the recently re-opened school for an unprecedented reunion. The film bears witness to the events surrounding the most bitter period of their lives. Anthony Hopkins hosts this presentation by the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
Mr. Klein. PG. 1976. DVD M World (French)
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.
The Nazi Officer’s Wife. Not rated. 2003. DVD 940.5318 N
One Jewish woman's true story of surviving the Holocaust by marrying a Nazi officer. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this documentary provides a unique perspective in its story of defiance and strength.
The Nazis. 1997. DVD 943.086 N
The story of Hitler's Nazis, from the beginnings of the party, through the horror of the war and the holocaust to their fight to the bitter end.
One Survivor Remembers. Not rated. 1995. VHS 940.531503 O
Through interviews, photographs, and footage shot in the actual locations of her memories, Gerda Weissman Klein takes the viewer on a journey of survival.
Out of the Ashes. R. 2003. DVD 791.4572 OUT TV
Perl spent WWII in charge of the woman's infirmary at Auschwitz. Hoping to leave her nightmares behind her after the liberation, she applies for American citizenship in 1946. However, she is hauled into military court to explain how much she "collaborated" with the Nazis during the war. The U.S. officials are especially disturbed by the number of illegal abortions Perl performed at the camp. Perl struggles to explain how she terminated the lives of the unborn to save thousands of pregnant women from the gas chambers.
Partisans of Vilna. Not rated.. 1986. DVD 940.5318 P
Skillfully blended songs, newsreels, and archival footage with interviews of over forty Holocaust survivors to paint an eye-opening portrait of the courageous Jewish resistance who staged a sabotage offensive against the Nazis in the Polish city of Vilna.
Paper Clips. G. 2004. DVD 940.5318 P
Struggling to grasp the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, the students at Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee decide to collect 6 million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims. As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard.
The Pawnbroker. Not rated. 1964. DVD P Drama
A New York pawnbroker lives in a sheltered world with haunting memories of Nazi prison camps.
Photographer. Not rated. 1998. DVD 940.5318 P
In 1987, 400 color slides were found in a secondhand 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.
The Pianist. R. 2002. DVD P Drama
A movie based upon the memoirs of brilliant pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew. 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.
Primo Levi's Journey. Not rated. 2007. DVD 940.548145 P
Follows the writer Primo Levi on his thousand-mile journey to his home in Turin, Italy after being liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Rosenstrasse. PG-13. 2003. DVD R WORLD (German)
After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
Samson. Not rated. 1961. DVD S World (Polish)
A psychological study of Jakub Gold, a Polish Jew imprisoned for killing a schoolmate. He is released from prison at the outbreak of World War II, only to be confined to the Warsaw ghetto. Escaping the ghetto, he is confined by the fear of being Jewish in a world hostile to Jews. Polish with English subtitles.
Schindler's List. R. 1993. DVD S Drama
The true story of Oskar Schindler, Nazi party member, womanizer and war profiteer who saved more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally.
The 17th Bride. Not rated.. 1985. DVD S Drama
A strong Jewish woman enters into a marriage with a man she dislikes believing it will save her from deporation to a Nazi labor camp in Czechoslovakia in 1942.
Shanghai Ghetto. Not rated. 2002. DVD 909.04924 S
The incredible story of thousands of Jews and their dramatic escape from the Nazis to China during World War II.
Shoah. Not rated. 1985. DVD 940.531503 S and VHS 940.531503 S
Interviews with death-camp survivors and Nazi functionaries. Shows present day view of some of the concentration camps.
The Shop on Main Street. Not rated. 1965. DVD S World (Czech)
A man who takes a job as an "Aryan comptroller" for a Jewish-owned button shop befriends the owner and decides to shield her from the Nazis. Best Foreign Language Film, 1965. Czech with English subtitles.
Shtetl. Not rated. 1996. DVD 940.5318 S
Two Polish-American Jews return to the small village of Bransk, Poland to uncover the true story of life in the shtetl before and after the village's 2,500 Jews were transported to Treblinka.
Sophie's Choice. R. 1982. DVD S Drama
A personalized view of the Holocaust and its devastating effect on one woman who survived it. Based on the novel by William Styron.
Spark Among the Ashes: A Bar Mitzvah in Poland. Not rated. 1986. DVD 296.4424 S
Tells the story of Eric Strom, a thirteen-year-old Connecticut boy, who journeyed to Kraków, Poland, with his family to take part in the first bar mitzvah held in Kraków in forty years, an occasion that became the center of controversy.
Survivors of the Holocaust. Not rated. 1996. VHS 940.5318 S
Chronicles the events of the Holocaust as witnessed by those who survived. Includes a segment hosted by Ben Kingsley, which takes the viewer behind the scenes at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
They Looked Away. Not rated. 2004. DVD 940.5318 T
The evidence of what the Allies knew about the existence of Auschwitz and their reasons not to bomb the camp are examined through archival footage and interviews with camp survivors, historians, and military pilots, bombardiers, and photo interpreters directly involved in Allied missions over the Auschwitz region.
They Were Not Silent: The Jewish Labor Movement and the Holocaust. Not rated. 1998.
VHS 940.531503 T
A documentary highlighting the American Jewish labor community's anti-Nazi and rescue efforts after the rise of Hitler, the suppression of free trade unions in Germany, and the widespread terror against Jews and others which culminated in the Holocaust. Features interviews with scholars, Holocaust survivors, and labor leaders, as well as archival film footage and photographs from Germany and the United States.
Train of Life. R. 1999. VHS T World
The year is 1941, and a tiny Jewish community in France is faced with some shocking news: the Nazis are coming. But Shlomo, the not-so-foolish village idiot, has a plan--before the Germans can dispatch them to camps, the townspeople will "deport" themselves to freedom. French with English subtitles.
Triumph of the Will. Not rated. 1935. DVD 943.086 T
Commissioned by Hitler, this film was designed both to introduce the new German leaders to the nation and to impress foreign audiences. It features policy speeches by Goebbels, Goering, Streicher, Himmler, and Hess. German with English subtitles.
The Truce. R. 1996. DVD Drama
Actor John Turturro delivers a powerful performance as a man whose life is changed forever by World War II. He must rediscover the simple joys of life that war threatened to destroy forever-- friendship, love, laughter, and hope.
Twentieth Century with Mike Wallace: Nazis in America. Not rated. 2002.
DVD 324.27338 T
Scholars and sociologists trace the origins of the Nazi movement and explore the reasons why people choose to ally themselves with a doctrine that is universally reviled. See how it differs from home-grown hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, and examine the Nazi's use of modern technologies like the internet to spread their message. In an exclusive interview, William Pierce, the leader of the most influential Neo-Nazi group in the nation and author of The Turner Diaries, the book widely cited as a prime motivator for the Oklahoma City bombings, shares his disturbing views.
Uprising. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 UPR TV
After Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the Germans forcibly detained 350,000 Warsaw Jews in the area known as the "Warsaw Ghetto." In fear for their lives, the Polish Jews form the Jewish Fighting Organization (JFO) to fight against this oppressive force. When the German troops march into the Ghetto, they are surprised and repulsed by the JFO fighters. The resisters may not be able to achieve victory, but they intend to live or die with honor as well as light the torch for resistance in the occupied territories. Their resolve will be tested as the Nazi's promise to completely eradicate the Ghetto as a birthday present for Hitler. English dialogue; English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Varian’s War. Not rated. 2002. DVD 791.4572 VAR TV
The story of Varian Fry, a forgotten hero of World War II. He constructed an elaborate underground rescue network saving some of the most influential figures of that era, including painter Marc Chagall. The safe arrival of these individuals in the United States permanently changed the face of American culture.
The Wannsee Conference. Not rated. 1986. VHS 940.5318 W
Depicts the conference attended by Nazi leaders in Berlin on January 2, 1942 to determine the fate of the Jewish people. German with English subtitles; introduction and credits in English.
Watermarks. Not rated. 2004. DVD 940.5318 W
The story of the surviving members of the Viennese Hakoah sports club women's swim team, a world-dominating competitor in the 1930s. The club was eventually shut down during Hitler's reign, though all the women managed to escape capture. Combines historical footage and contemporary interviews to reconnect the women's lives and memories.
We Were So Beloved: The German Jews of Washington Heights. Not rated. 1985.
DVD 940.5318 W
Examines the experiences of Jewish refugees who settled in Washington Heights, New York, after fleeing Germany in the 1930s.