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Holocaust Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Belgium/Holland

Belgium/Holland

Anne Frank Remembered
"Features vintage newsreel footage, photographs and a rare home movie to look beyond the celebrated pages of Anne Frank's diary. Includes interviews with her friends, family and protector, Miep Gies."

Anne Frank's Holocaust
"Anne Frank's world-famous diary comes to an abrupt end several days before she and her companions in the secret annex were arrested on August 4, 1944. This is the story of what happened next as this nameless young girl and her family were absorbed into the Nazi system of work and death camps. Through eyewitness testimony from camp survivors and historic pictures and film, the brutality and horror of Auschwitz, Sobibor and Bergen-Belsen are revealed."

Between Pain and Longing: The Jews of Holland in the Holocaust
"Ruth and Nathan Noach and other Dutch survivors tell their stories of hiding and survival during the Holocaust in a documentary produced by Eshel Hanassi high school student Dafna Bergman."

Camp of Hope and Despair:  Witnesses of Camp Westerbork, 1939-1945
"Relates experiences at the concentration camp, Westerbork in the Netherlands during World War II."

Comme si c'etait = As If It Were Yesterday
"Through the personal recollections of survivors, this film documents the Belgian underground's assistance of hiding and transporting Jewish children during the four years of Nazi occupation in World War II."

Corrie ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated
"When Nazi forces invaded Holland in 1940 and began rounding up Jews, Corrie ten Boom, her sister Betsie, and their elderly father risked their lives to save as many as possible. A hidden room was secretly built in their home where the oppressed Jews took refuge until a Gestapo raid put an end to their operation. For their 'crimes, ' Corrie and Betsie were sent to the notorious concentration camp at Ravensbruck, where they suffered relentless cruelty.

The Diary of Anne Frank: A Tale of Two Sisters
"This film tells the stories of Anne Frank and Eva Schloss, whose young lives paralleled each other and whose surviving parents, Otto Frank and Elfriede Geiringer, eventually married. It features extensive interviews with Eva Schloss to help tell the story of her and Anne's brief friendship, their lives in hiding, and Otto's thinking after Auschwitz's liberation and learning of Anne's diary. The film examines who Anne Frank was as a person, Otto's decision to publish the diary, and the way his efforts promoted Anne Frank's ideals and her important legacy. Eva would be one of the first people to hear Otto read extracts from Anne's diary, a feat which he couldn't manage to do without crying..."

Les Enfants sans ombre =  Children Without a Shadow
"The remarkable Holocaust story of the Jews of Belgium is told through the life of a remarkable man, professor Shaul Harel, who survived at four years old through the kindness of Jews and Christians alike."

The Fatal Dilemma: The Jewish Council for Amsterdam, 1941-1943
"The dramatic story of Mr. Abraham Asscher and Professor David Cohen, the leaders of the Jewish community of Amsterdam. They became the heads of the Jewish Council in 1941 and also an instrument in the hands of the Nazis and their murderous policy in deporting the Dutch Jews. They set up a government - a state within a state - to handle all Jewish affairs, including supplying the Nazis with lists of people to be transported to the concentration camps."

Goodbye Holland: The Destruction of Dutch Jewry
"A documentary examining the indifference of the majority of the Dutch population during WWII, when 80% of the Jewish population was deported and killed -- the highest percentage in western Europe. The filmmaker concentrates on the exceptional story of his own family in the city of Groningen, in which his parents were saved by Dutch gentiles, while his aunt and uncle were betrayed by their fellow citizens and killed in Auschwitz. Also considered is the period following the war, when the surviving Dutch Jews returned to find that they faced continued anti-Semitism."

The Hidden Child
"Of the 1.6 million Jewish children who lived in
Europe before WWII, only 100,000 survived the Holocaust. Most were hidden children, shuttered away in attics, cellars, convents or farms. This is Maud Dahme's story of courage, hope and bravery. Chronicles the wartime experiences of Dahme, one of an estimated 5,000 Jewish children hidden from the Nazis by righteous gentiles in the Netherlands
."

The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank
"Documents the last months of Anne Frank's life in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Includes personal recollections by eight women who were with Frank variously in Westerbork, Auschwitz-Bikenov, and Bergen-Belsen."

Married With a Star: A Jewish Wedding in Occupied Amsterdam
"On May 25, 1942, Max Werkendam wed Clara de Vries in the heart of Amsterdam's Old Jewish Quarter, in Nazi-occupied Holland. For almost fifty years, the film of this wedding lay untouched as a silent witness in a forgotten place. Now uncovered, it becomes the focus of the touching story of the ill-fated couple and their wedding guests, most of whom did not survive the war."

Memories of Anne Frank
"In this program, filmed in the Frank's apartment and the building that housed the Opecta offices and the Franks' secret refuge, Miep Gies recounts her experiences: working for Otto Frank, bringing food to the fugitives, the exposé of the hidden Jews and their protectors, the liberation of
Amsterdam, Otto Frank's return from Auschwitz
, and the publication of Anne's diary."

No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story
"The stunning discovery of the lost letters of Anne Frank's father, Otto, reveal an unknown chapter of their family's life."

Otto Frank, Father of Anne
"After returning from Auschwitz, Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, is confronted with Anne's diary. He renews ties with his daughter by reading it. The film tells the story of what he went through, how the loss of his family scarred his life, how he dealt with the dilemmas that the publication of the diary brought upon him, and how he made a memorial of his daughter's legacy and became the father-figure for thousands of young readers worldwide."

Out of Europe
"In this atypically celebratory Holocaust portrait, extraordinary luck and coincidence guide a large family of Belgian Jewish diamond merchants and activists as they flee Europe in 1940. Their survival route takes them through France, Spain, and Portugal, and finally, to America. In a twist of fate, one of them is sent back to Europe to help liberate Dachau."

The Short Life of Anne Frank
"The story of Anne Frank's life is told through quotations from her diary, photographs from the Frank Family albums and historical film extracts."

Steal a Pencil for Me 
"A compelling documentary feature film about the power of love and the ability of humankind to rise above unimaginable suffering. In 1943, Holland is under total Nazi occupation. When the Jews are being deported, Jack, his wife Manja, and his new love, Ina, find themselves living in the same barracks in a concentration camp. When Jack's wife objects to the relationship in spite of their unhappy marriage, Jack and Ina resort to writing secret love letters, which gives them the strength to survive the war."