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Holocaust Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles A-B

Titles A-B

 

Adam Resurrected
"A Nazi concentration camp survivor spends the next 15 years of his life as a patient at a hidden experimental insane asylum, where he uses his magic tricks and comic abilities to stay sane. When he tries to help a young boy also suffering, he is forced to deal with his own pain and healing."


Ambulance
"In this haunting short fiction film, a group of Jewish children and their teacher are herded into an ambulance by Nazis; the vehicle, ordinarily representing comfort and safety, becomes the group's death chamber. Morgenstern's presentation of the incident serves as a metaphor for the horror of the Holocaust and provides a powerful trigger for discussion of the disturbing issues raised by the film. The figure of the children's teacher specifically parallels Janusz Korčak (1879-1942), a famous Jewish educator who ran an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto and died with his young charges at Treblinka."

Amen
"A Waffen-SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute, is shocked to learn that the process he has developed to eradicate typhus is now being used for killing Jews in extermination camps. When he attempts to notify the Pope about the gassings he is appalled by the lack of response he gets from the Catholic hierarchy, except for one priest."

Apt Pupil
"A dark drama about a sixteen-year-old honor student who recognizes an old man living in his hometown as a hunted Nazi. Compelled to reveal the secrets of his death camp past to earn the boy's silence, the German fugitive derives a sinister scheme to implicate the teenager in a dangerous psychological game."

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
"During the World War II Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Miep Gies risks everything she has to hide two Jewish families in the attic over the office where she works. She was their lifeline - provider of food and gentle encouragement - and it was through her courageous actions that Anne's diary was preserved and lives on today."

Au revoir les enfants = Goodbye, Children
"A semi-autobiographical film based on the director's experiences as a schoolboy during the German occupation of France in World War II."

Auschwitz
"Go inside one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps."

Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning
"The past has cast a long shadow over the present. A picturesque farm is where the now-married Melanie lives unhappily with her husband. When Melanie invites fellow Holocaust survivor Jakob to her home, he unexpectedly brings Christopher, whose love for Melanie has never diminished since their confinement in an internment camp. Old feelings and long-suppressed memories are stirred up and reveal a climactic, life-changing feasts."

Aviya's Summer = ha-Ḳayits shel Aviyah
"Presents Gila Almagor's autobiographical film about a Holocaust survivor who immigrates with her daughter to the newly founded Israeli state. Aviya is a spunky 10 old year girl who, like her mother, is a survivor in the face of persecution."

Bent
"Pursued and captured by the Nazis because he is gay, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish to avoid even worse persecution. There he meets another gay prisoner and learns a life-altering lesson about human love."

Bittere Ernte = Angry Harvest
"A story of love and desire during World War II. A lonely farmer rescues a Jewish refugee as she is fleeing from the Nazis. While he nurses her back to health, their relationship begins to grow more intimate."

A Blind Hero:  The Love of Otto Weidt
"In A Blind Hero, award-winning journalist and author Inge Deutschkron, recounts the incredible true story of Otto Weidt, the man who saved her life and those of many others, in this moving docudrama. Weidt, a Berlin brush and broom manufacturer, using cunning and determination, manages to save not only Inge and her mother but also the rest of his employees from the Nazis. A surprisingly little known story, the film also brings to life his tragic love of Alice Licht and his desperate journey to save her and her family from the gas chamber, all while he himself was almost completely blind."

The Book Thief
"Based upon the best-selling novel. The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them."

Das Boot ist voll = The Boat is Full
"A group of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany are taken in by a Swiss innkeeper who is forced to make a difficult decision."

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
"Set in Poland during World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops."