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

New Additions to the Collection

Aida's Secrets
"In this moving documentary, the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family's quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than just each other."

Another Life
"Director Amir Yatziv uses animation to explore the way in which 21st century technology is utilized to document and preserve the historical memory of the Holocaust. A German prosecutor preparing to try an accused Nazi, an Israeli game developer, and a German architect working with an Israeli historian, each have their own reasons for creating virtual worlds that simulate Auschwitz. Avatars of each of these creators guide the viewer through their simulated camps, explaining their motivations. The result is a revelatory new chapter in the ongoing quest to understand and memorialize the Shoah."

Box For Life
"This documentary tells the harrowing story of Belgian-born Noah Klieger, who smuggled Jewish children from Belgium to Switzerland when he was just a boy and who reluctantly became a fighter at the age of 16 in order to survive. He was captured by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz death camp, where he boxed for his life and survived."

Bureau 06: The Architects of the Trial
"The dramatic story of 'Bureau 06', the team of police investigators formed for the intent purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought up by the Jewish people against Adolf Eichmann. The charges told the story of the Jewish Holocaust to the entire world in a way that it had not been told before. These charges cried out, exactly 50 years ago, the cry of 'J'accuse' at the Eichmann trial and changed the collective Israeli consciousness forever. This film will tell the unique personal and shared stories of this team of investigators, their hardships, their confessions and the emotional turmoil they experienced, together and alone. Among them the story of Avner Less the personal interrogator of Adolf Eichmann who left Israel after the trial and took back his Germany Identity card."

Chabad Rebbe and the German Officer
"The story of the rescue of the 6th Lubavitch Rebbe, Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, from war-torn Warsaw in 1939 by half-Jewish German Spy Maj. Ernst Bloch working under direct orders of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Abwehr, German Military Intelligence. Canaris was part of a back-door deal between Germany & the US government."

Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
"Visually vibrant, this documentary tells the little known story of Jewish refugees who escaped the horrors of Nazi-occupied Europe and found safe haven in Cuba, supporting themselves in a newly created industry: polishing diamonds in Havana."

The Dead Nation
"A work of startling power and originality, acclaimed director Radu Jude's documentary-essay, The Dead Nation, examines the rise of anti-Semitism in Romania prior to and during World War II almost entirely through audio of diary entries belonging to a Jewish doctor and black-and-white photographs of provincial life in Romania between the years 1937 and 1944."

Death and the Maiden
"Shortly after World War II, over 1000 paintings were found in a cellar in southern France. The paintings were created by a young Jewish artist called Charlotte Salomon. She painted her extraordinary life story in a unique creation named 'Life? Or Theater?' Death & The Maiden is a private journey into the heart of Charlotte Salomon, a sensitive and gifted young woman who lived in one of the darkest times in history...."

Des internes et deposes juifs temoignent pour les eleves
"Made by the Study Circle of the deportation and the Shoah-Amicale of Auschwitz: Jewish internees and deportees testify for the pupils. Each of the 9 witnesses tells his story in a deliberately limited time to fifteen minutes"

Destination Unknown
"...blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of twelve Holocaust survivors to the screen. The film creates a seamless mosaic of first-hand accounts, rare archive from the time, and family Super 8 footage from after the war. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation. They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, those survivors' struggles were only just beginning..."

Les enfants juifs de prisonniers de guerre déportés à Bergen-Belsen en 1944
"The deportation of Jewish children to Bergen-Belsen in 1944."

Following Shira's Journey: A Greek Jewish Odyssey
"The history of Greece's Jewish communities and their near destruction during the Holocaust."

Ghetto Uprising: The Untold Story
"The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world, but it's generally accepted story is incomplete. Among the fighters was a group that was not granted commemoration, although it was responsible for the uprising major battle."

The Gold Fish
"A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration. Manfred Goldfish tried to suppress the trauma that made him a refugee in 1939. When his filmmaker daughter unearths her father's extraordinary story, she also discovers where she belongs. Su Goldfish was raised in Trinidad, but moved to Australia when she was thirteen, following an attempted military coup. As a child, Su didn't realise she was white. As an adult, she finds a new family in Sydney's queer community, learns she is Jewish and that she has half-siblings on the other side of the world. Told through a personal archive stretching across a century, this search for one lost family echoes through all those touched by forced migration."

Holocaust Escape Tunnel
"In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi death camp to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape."

"This film uses personal narration, dramatic recreation, and documentary footage to tell the life story of Ingelore Herz Honigstein, a deaf German Jew who survived the Holocaust.."

Into the North
"A group of Czech Jewish teenagers sets out on a journey to the North. Without their parents to look after them, they must rely on each other. That's how their great adventure starts. They spend four years in Denmark, an oasis in the midst of raging WWII. More than seventy years later, they are ready to tell their story, a coming-of-age refugee story with a happy ending, courtesy of thousands of openhearted Danes."

Joe's Violin
"A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own."

The Last Laugh
"A feature documentary that proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If we make the Holocaust off limits, what are the implications for other controversial subjects--9/11, AIDS, racism--in a society that prizes freedom of speech.."

Line 41
"A revealing documentary that explores the history and psychology behind the complex triangle of perpetrators, bystanders, and victims in Holocaust-era Poland."

Mémoire demain témoignages de déportés
"The Holocaust in France..."

My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me.
"Gina Roitman's parents met and married in the Pocking-Waldstadt Displaced Persons (DP) Camp just outside Passau, Germany. In this documentary, Roitman starts out on a journey to learn more about her parents' history, and unearths a chilling story about the systematic murder of Jewish infants in the camp durng 1946-1947."

"The story of an Auschwitz survivor who spent her life fighting intolerance. Born in Poland, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant survived Ravensbruck, Malchow and Auschwitz, where she was the forced translator for the 'Angel of Death,' Josef Mengele. Maryla dedicated her life after the war to publicly speaking about her survival to younger generations."

Near Normal Man
"How does a young person maintain resilience and humanity in the face of vicious racism, unspeakable violence and unfolding genocide? This is the story of Holocaust Survivor Ben Stern, as he explores the question that haunts: how did he emerge from overwhelming physical pain and psychological terror, determined to reject violence, and remain dedicated to a life of courage, kindness and hope? After 2 ghettos, 9 concentration camps, and 2 death marches in Nazi Europe, Ben builds a new life in the U.S. -- only to face American Nazis and their plan to march in his adopted hometown, Skokie, Illinois, 30 years later. Ben stands up, speaks out and sparks a fierce public battle over Hate Speech. Despite repeated death threats and even buying a gun, Ben rejects vengeance. He defies many who said, "Stay home", and builds huge national support. In the end, Ben won - the Nazi march was cancelled. Ben -- the mystery and wonder of his life and his story, an astounding and cautionary tale -- ignites conversation and inspires commitment to action for social justice -- today. And a new generation gets it."

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
"Barry Avrich's gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz--the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of 'law not war.' After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today."

Red Trees
"Traces a family's journey as one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Marina Willer's exploration of today's refugee crisis, mirrored in the story of her own family. It is a story that circles between Europe and Latin America; just one example of the cultural and racial richness of a world in which migration is a fact of life. Marina is a designer, film maker and partner at an internationally renowned design agency. She tells the story of her father and her grandfather and how theirs was one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War Two. At the war's end, they fled from Czechoslovakia to a new life in Brazil, where her father Alfred Willer grew to become a successful and influential architect."

La repression de la Resistance en France: des resistants deportes juifs temoignent
'A woman and three men, resilient, surviving a terrible repression, testify. They were deported from Drancy, they survived thanks to some incredible competition circumstances"

Resister dans les camps nazis: des deportes juifs temoignent
"We will present the different forms this resistance has taken and the values ​​transmitted by the deportees by their testimonies. 8 testimonies of deportees..."

Searching for Victor 'Young' Perez: The Boxer of Auschwitz"
"Inspired to make a movie about his life, Sisley became fascinated with the long-forgotten story of Perez, who rose to great fame in 1931 as the youngest world champion in boxing history, only to be deported to Auschwitz, where he was forced to box in the concentration camp for the amusement of the guards. This compelling documentary follows Sisley on his quest to learn more about Perez's harrowing, emotional story and to meet the last people who knew Perez and the secret of his tragic fate."

Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Present
"Fleeing from Nazi occupied Europe, thousands of Jewish refugees were able to escape by train across Russia and then by boat to Japan. This was due to a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, working in Lithuania who issued transit visas contrary to his government's instructions. Many years later a Japanese writer, Akira Kitade, inherits a photo album with pictures of some of these refugees. He sets out on a mission to discover what became of these refugees. We follow him on his journey from Japan to the USA. The film features interviews with some of the 'Sugihara Survivors' and their families."

The Suicide of a Camp Survivor: The Case of Primo Levi
"Story of Primo Levi, an Italian Jew who survived confinement in a German concentration camp during World War II and then wrote about his experiences. Interviews with those who knew him."

To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel Story
"Born in Zakroczym, Poland in 1927, Holocaust Survivor Joe Engel was taken by the Nazis at 14 and never saw his parents again. Now 90 years old, Joe is the embodiment of living history and spends his retirement years ensuring the Holocaust is never forgotten. With the assistance of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's film and photographic archives, filmmaker Ron Small has successfully weaved Joe Engel's incredible storytelling into a riveting visual presentation that is both historic and contemporary. From the overwhelming despair of the Warsaw Ghetto, to the shroud of unceasing death and suffering that was Birkenau and Auschwitz, to his escape from a Death Train at 17 and his covert work as a freedom fighter, Joe personally takes us on his vivid journey to hell and back. This is a story of faith, renewal and redemption. Joe Engel, with an unwavering will to live, overcame unimaginable horrors to become a treasured citizen, community leader, teacher and philanthropist."

Tunnel of Hope
"In 1943, 250 Jewish slave workers successfully escaped from a Nazi labor camp in Novogrudok, Belarus, via a tunnel they dug. The film follows the remaining escapees alive today, accompanied by their descendants, in an attempt to find the tunnel. The archaeological excavations dug up not only piles of dirt and some physical remnants, but also dredged up the memories, pain and hope of three generations which merge to become one story."

An Unknown Country: The Jewish Refugees of Ecuador
"Tells the story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American republic barely known at the time. Featuring first hand accounts and archival material, the film follows the exiles' perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land."