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Holocaust Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles Q-S

Titles Q-S

La question humaine = Heartbeat Detector
"Simon, the staff shrink for the French branch of a German-owned petrochemical company called SC Farb. Something is amiss at Farb, notably its faltering, failing chief executive, Mathias Jüst. . . The shadow of the Nazi death camps hangs over the late-capitalist world sketched in this film."--Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

La rafle
"Dramatizes the true experiences of individuals caught up in the Vel' d'Hiv roundup. In the summer of 1942 the French government, on the orders of the Nazi occupiers, conducted mass arrests of Jews in Paris and herded them into the Velodrome d'Hiver and a nearby internment camp from which they were ultimately shipped to Auschwitz and executed. Over 13,000 victims, including over 4000 children, were subjects of this atrocity."

The Reader
"What have we learned (and what might we have forgotten) from history's bloody backwash? Guilt, love, and history are three skeins, woven together to create human beings or, alternately, human monsters. The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces, ravenously and to his great delight. One day, Hanna is gone, with no explanation, and Michael grows into a promising young law student. His class attends a trial, where the new Germany judges the past and, by default, the lovers as well."

Remembrance
"In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancé Hannah. With the Nazis in pursuit, Hannah and Tomasz make their way into hiding. Chaos ensues and the two are torn apart and each becomes convinced that the other is lost."

Rosenstrasse
"After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. Traveling to Berlin to interview a woman who knew her mother as a child, Hannah hears the story of a week in 1943 when the Aryan wives of Jewish men held captive in a building on Rosenstrasse protested in the name of love, and realizes how little she knew of her mother's troubled childhood."

Rose's Songs = A Rózsa Énekei
"A Jewish family hides with an opera singer whose voice is so beautiful it is said to protect everyone from being captured around him, during the Nazi occupancy of World War II."

Run Boy Run
"A superlative saga of courage and compassion, it tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith."

Sarah's Key
"In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah."

Schindler's List
"The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands."

A Secret
"A young boy who has a vivid imagination dreams up a brother for himself and a better past for his family. On his 15th birthday he finds his dreams shattered when he uncovers a shocking secret that ties his family to the Holocaust."

Singing in the Dark
"Depicts the story of a concentration camp survivor who suffers amnesia due to his traumatic experiences. After emigrating to the United States and becoming a nightclub singer, the man regains his memory and realizes that he is the son of a great cantor. He gives up his promising career and returns to the synagogue."

The Soap Myth
"A young journalist explores the controversy surrounding the Nazi atrocity of making soap from the fat of murdered Jews, weighing a holocaust survivor's eye-witness testimony against scholars' insistence on evidentiary fact as a primary criteria and the pressures imposed by historical 'revisionists'--I.e. anti-Semitic holocaust deniers. The play explores how history itself is determined." - Soap Myth website

Son of Saul
"October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Auslñder is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish."

Sorstalanság = Fateless
"A teenage Jewish boy from Budapest finds himself in turmoil as Hitler's Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe. Taken from his family and sent to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity in order to survive."

Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer = The State vs. Fritz Bauer
"Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past.Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past."

Süskind
"During WWII, a member of the Jewish Council of Amsterdam finds a way to spare children from deportation to the death camps."