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Holocaust Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): War Crimes

War Criminals

About Executing Eichmann
"In 1961, Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people and against humanity. While this judgment was met with consensus on a national level, some spoke out against it, and on May 29, 1962, a group of Holocaust survivors and intellectuals, including philosophers Hannah Arendt, Hugo Bergmann, Martin Buber, and Gershom Scholem, sent a petition to Israeli President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi demanding that Eichmann's death sentence be commuted. By opposing Eichmann's execution they raised questions about the Holocaust and also defended values of Judaism, raising questions about Jewish morality for Israel, and about the very nature of a Jewish state. About Executing Eichmann brings together the texts, eyewitness accounts, archival footage, audio recordings, and materials from the time, with discussions amongst contemporary Israeli historians and philosophers to both set out the facts and go over the arguments. Among those taking part are historians Anita Shapira and Hanna Yablonka and philosophers Moshe Halbertal and Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin. Returning to a little-remembered debate that was central to that era, they also expose its relevance today and why it deserves to be remembererd."

Alois Brunner: The Last Nazi - The Mass Murderer Who Escaped Justice, Who Protected Him - And Why?
"Alois Brunner was a notorious Nazi war criminal having been responsible for sending more than 128,500 European Jews to death camps all across Europe. SS Hauptsurmfuhrer Alois Brunner had been living in Syria advising the various governments in Damascus on intelligence matters since 1959. Four countries - Germany, France, Austria and Greece - demanded his extradition. France convicted Mr. Brunner in absentia in 1954 of crimes against humanity and condemned him to death for his role in deporting 120,000 Jews to death camps during World War II."

Beate Klarsfeld: A Portrait in the First Person
"Profile of Beate Klarsfeld, the well-known Nazi Hunter responsible for bringing Klaus Barbie to justice. She warns that fascism is still a potent and dangerous force."

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."

The Decent One
"A 2008 article in the German magazine Der Spiegel described SS chief Heinrich Himmler as one of the most brutal mass murderers in world history, concluding that without him, the Holocaust would not have occurred. The man behind the madness is the subject of Belgian-born, Israel-based filmmaker Vanessa Lapa's documentary, a work composed entirely of archive footage, much of it consisting of photos, diaries and letters from Himmler's own personal collection."

Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals
"An unprecedented PBS documentary exploring the 65-year effort to identify, prosecute and punish the 20th Century's most notorious murderers. In the face of apathy, obstruction and violence, the men and women who pursued Nazi fugitives not only brought a measure of dignity to the victims of the Holocaust, they also reminded the international community that enemies of humanity must be punished - if humanity is to survive."

Freedom Is Not a Gift from Heaven: The Century of Simon Wiesenthal
"The story of Simon Wiesenthal."

The Hangman
"Shalom Nagar is a Yemeni Jew living in Israel and working as a ritual butcher who blesses both the animal and the customer. Turns out as a young man, he was also the prison guard of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi chief who organized the transportation of Jews to the camps. For six months Nagar stayed in the same cell, even tasting Eichmann's food to make sure he would not be poisoned. At Eichmann's execution, he was the only guard who didn't want to pull the lever. Ordered to do so, he afterwards had nightmares for a year. The Hangman is a fascinating and complex portrait of an endearing and wise man who experienced up close what Hannah Arendt referred to as the banality of evil.' Nagar's simple, refreshing voice from the margins of Israeli society bears a profoundly humanistic message."

Hôtel terminus: Klaus Barbie sa vie et son temps
"An examination of Klaus Barbie, the infamous Nazi 'Butcher of Lyon' and Gestapo chief implicated in 4000 deaths and the deportation of 7000 Jews, during the Nazi occupation of France. Tracing the 40-year hunt for the war criminal, it exposes a complex web of political intrigue, collaboration and deceit. Weaves together historical footage and interviews with former Nazis, American intelligence officers, South American government officials, victims of Nazi atrocities and witnesses."

Inheritance: A Nazi Legacy and the Journey To Change It
"Monika Hertwig never knew her father, Amon Goeth, commandant of the Plaszow Concentration Camp, and struggles with the legacy he left her. Sixty years later, she meets Helen Jonas, who served as Goeth's maid and prey"

I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
"Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal lost 89 family members and helped track down over 1,100 Nazi war criminals. He spent six decades fighting anti-semitism and prejudice against all people. Watching the early efforts of the U.S. government to prosecute Nazi war criminals he realized that without justice, there is no freedom, and initially decided to dedicate a few years to that quest. A few years turned into the rest of his life."

Law Not War: Ben Ferencz's Fight for Justice
" a moving portrait of the last surviving Chief Prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials, 95-year-old Benjamin Ferencz. The film offers both a look back into history as well as an examination of current issues of war, justice and the International Criminal Court (ICC). From historic Court Room 600 in Nuremberg, Benjamin Ferencz relives his memories of the famous trials through intimate interviews, which are interwoven with historic film footage and statements from other international leaders in the field."

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today
"Shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi leaders using their own films - devastating evidence of atrocities that are still shocking today."  - Container

 Nuremberg: Les Nazis face à leurs crimes
"Nuremberg, November 20, 1945--The trials of Nazi war criminals begins in a city still in ruins, barely six months after the Germans' surrender. The United States, France, Great Britain and the USSR unite to deliver exemplary justice in response to crimes against peace and, for the first time in history, to 'crimes against humanity.' On the accused bench sit 21 of the highest Nazi dignitaries, including Hermann Göring, Rudolph Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Wilhelm Keitel. They all plead not guilty, although the 'atrocities' committed are tremendous. As evidence, films of the liberation of the concentration camps would be screened, an unprecedented move, during the proceedings. Evidence is presented, confrontations arise, testimonies of executioners and victims are heard. After 10 months of hearings, the verdict is rendered: 12 defendants sentenced to death penalties, including one in absentia, seven sentenced to prison and three acquitted. Thus ends the trial that paved the way for the creation of international tribunals."

The Nuremberg Trials
"This American Experience production draws upon rare archival material and eyewitness accounts to re-create the dramatic tribunal that defines trial procedure for state criminals to this day."

Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial
"The Nuremberg Trials revealed the full scope of Nazi Germany's atrocities and ended in the execution of many of the top Nazi leaders. Follow the historic trials from accusations through executions."

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."

Terror's Advocate
"A look at Jacques Verges, a lawyer known for not only defending and later marrying a known bomber, but also for winning cases for known Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy and Nazi criminal Klaus Barbie."

Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965
"A documentary film about the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial, originally held from 1963-1965."

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
"A human-rights lawyer, whose grandfather escaped the Nazis, conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as German war criminals for their roles in WWII, and who now have radically different ideas about their fathers' personal guilt."