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Holocaust Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): United States

United States

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
"A troubling picture of the U.S. during a time beset by anti-Semitism and a government that, due to complex social and political factors, delayed action and suppressed information and blocked efforts that could have saved hundreds of thousands of people."

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
"A definitive documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein, a devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of U.S. and Israeli Mid-East policy, and author of five provocative books, including The Holocaust Industry. Finkelstein has been steadfastly at the center of many intractable controversies, including the recent denial of his tenure at DePaul University. He's called a lunatic and a self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others."

Buried by the Times: The Holocaust
"Laurel Leff talks about her book Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper. Leff argues that the New York Times downplayed the Holocaust, which ultimately resulted in the minimizing and misunderstanding of modern history's worst genocide. The author explains that the newspaper, which she describes as the most influential American news source, failed to provide full and complete coverage of what European Jews endured from 1939-1945 by burying the lead and never printing the news on the front page..."

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
"This documentary examines the American film and television industry's response to the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi persecution of the Jews before, during, and after World War II. Uses film clips, newsreel footage and interviews of filmmakers and Holocaust survivors."

Paper Clips
"Students at Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee attempt to collect 6 million paper clips as part of a school project on the Holocaust."

Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust
"A short documentary film inspired by Laurel Leff's award-winning book Buried by The Times. 'The film explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust during World War II. It also investigates why The Times, a Jewish owned newspaper, buried more than one thousand articles in its back pages. Was it simply an oversight? Or did the publishers and editors fear an American anti-Semitic backlash? Through interviews and testimony of a Holocaust survivor, historians, and New York Times journalists, Reporting on The Times encourages audiences to reevaluate America's reputation as 'The Great Liberator.'"

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?
"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."