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Holocaust Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War
"It tells the never-before-told story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled dissidents and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe."

Fading Traces: Postscripts from a Landscape of Memory
"The western Ukraine was once home to the largest Jewish community that ever existed. Five million Jews living there had a rich culture, with extensive music and a thriving Yiddish theater. All this disappeared with the German invasion of Russia in 1941 and the tragic events of the Holocaust. This documentary artfully weaves the words of writers such as Rose Auslander, Isaak Babel, Martin Buber and David Kahane with the memories of those still living to re-present the culture of Ukrainian Jews."

Heroes: Saving Jewish Lives from the Nazis
"They were hiding Jews and other fugitives in Central France during the Second World War. They risked their own lives taking such a stand. Who were these people, the descendants of France's Protestant minority? Were they heroes? What made them resist the Nazis and their collaborators, the French police? Is it possible to find traces of that behavior in this region's French society today? This provocative documentary challenges one’s own reaction to people of other cultures in a time of worldwide migration."

Living Testimony from the Holocaust
"Prior to the Second World War, some 2,000 Jews lived in Norway; today, only a handful are still alive. This documentary features interviews with five of the survivors, three men and two women. Three are alive because they succeeded in evading arrest, the other two because chance enabled them to survive incarceration in Auschwitz. Common to them all is that they lost many of their closest relatives - in some cases, all of them. In this program they provide a sober account of their harrowing experiences. Those taking part are: Jo Benkow, who fled across the border to Sweden with his father in autumn 1942. The female members of the family, who had to be left behind in Norway, were all deported, to die in German concentration camps. Sammy Steinmann was arrested on 26 October 1942 and deported in the cramped hold of the SS Donau on 26 November that same year. He was sent to Auschwitz, where he was a prisoner from December 1942 until his liberation by the Red Army in January 1945. All the rest of his family perished in the death camps. Julius Paltiel was arrested in Trondheim in October 1942. Held first in a labor camp at Falstad, outside Trondheim, in January 1943 he was deported to Germany on board the SS Gutenland. He remained a prisoner in Auschwitz from February 1943 until January 1945. Both his brother and his parents died in German concentration camps. Fanny Rascow escaped to Sweden with her husband early in 1942. The rest of her family were deported and murdered in German concentration camps. Jenny Wulff, who was married to an Englishman, Ilai Wulff, was arrested on 26 October 1942, together with the other members of her family. Because her husband was English, she was sent to Bretvedt women's prison and thus escaped the fate of the rest of her family, who were deported to Germany on the SS Donau. Later, she too was deported. Following imprisonment in Germany and France, she was liberated by the Americans in 1945. Her parents, two of her sisters and both her brothers died in German concentration camps>"

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust
"Tells the untold story of Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali and other courageous Italians who risked their lives to rescue Jews, partisans and other refugees in Nazi-occupied Italy."

Night Will Fall
"The story of the incredible efforts made by British cameramen to film and document the unbelievable atrocities the Allies encountered during the Liberation of the German Concentration camps in 1945 at the end of World War II."

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."

The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust
"...uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 heroic and courageous diplomats who, at tremendous personal cost, saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The film follows Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned 20th century and Holocaust historian, as they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore and contemplate the past in a quest, in part, to understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere."

Samuel Goldwasser
"Samuel Goldwasser talks about his life and survival during the holocaust."

The Silenced Walls
"At first glance, 'La Muette' is a normal low-cost housing project like thousands of others in the Paris area. However, these walls obscure the concentration camp of Drancy where almost 80,000 Jews were held until most of them were sent to Auschwitz. After the war it was turned into a housing development with some of the lowest rents in the Paris suburbs. The current residents often cross the path of former internees during commemorations. They are constantly reminded of the past of the site, as if tragedy was attached to these walls."

Song of Life
"Follows the Israeli Philharmonia Singers choir on a tour to Poland where they perform at the ceremony commemorating 60 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp."

Three Days in Auschwitz
"Award-winning film director, Philippe Mora and music legend Eric Clapton have joined forces to co-produce a very personal film, which details life and death in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Mora blends his art with a journey to the camp itself to recount his family's loss and survival at the hands of the Nazis in Auschwitz."

Yellow Stars of Tolerance
"The film documents a project to preserve yellow stars that were painted during the Holocaust on a synagogue exterior wall in Normandy, France."