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Holocaust Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Concentration Camps - Auschwitz

Concentration Camps - Auschwitz

Anna s Silent Struggle
"...the moving story of Anna, today an 82 year old woman and how she managed to survive this death camp despite her handicap. For the hearing, Auschwitz is characterized as a place of horrible sounds; shouted commands, screaming, shooting and cries of torture. For the deaf, the terror was silent. 'Anna's Silent Struggle' is the first film documenting the dramatic story of a forgotten group that was able to survive, despite their tremendous handicap..."

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."

Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died
"Chronicles the journey of two Holocaust survivors, Mike Vogel and David Mandel, as they revisit the hell they knew as Auschwitz; also illustrates how the prejudice, intolerance, and violence that characterized the Holocaust provide timely lessons for all of us today."

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
" the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time…”

Auschwitz: The Final Witness
"Depicts a reunion of three men who survived the Nazi death camps."

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."

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"

Escape from Auschwitz
"...tells the incredible story of two young Slovak Jews, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, who managed to escape by hiding in a woodpile for three days, then fleeing across enemy territory, determined to tell the world about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis at the camp."

From the Auschwitz Chronicle
"Attempts to preserve the memory of the human tragedy of the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Contains testimonies of numerous eyewitnesses."

Liebe Perla

"During the Nazi regime, Dr. Josef Mengele conducted "scientific" experiments on and shot 'research' footage of a Jewish family of dwarfs. Fifty years later, Hannelore, a short-statured woman born in post-war Germany, set out on a quest to locate the films. During the process, she befriended the only surviving family member, Perla, an actress, now living in Israel."

"Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish or non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. Numbered is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors. The film documents the dark time and setting during which these tattoos were assigned as well as the meaning they took on in the years following the war. In fact, the film's protagonist is the number itself, as it evolves and becomes both a personal and collective symbol from 1940 to today. These scars, paradoxically unanimous and anonymous, reveal themselves to be diverse, enlightening, and full of life." - kNow Productions website.

René and I
"Documentary on the lives of twins Irene Hizme and René Slotkin who were subjected to experiments by Josef Mengele at Auschwitz."

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.'

Seed of Sarah
"This video is based on the memoirs of Holocaust survivor Judith Magyar Isaacson. It tells of her experiences, in the Auschwitz concentration camp, through singing and music."

Swimming in Auschwitz: Survival Stories of Six Women 
"Six women Holocaust survivors, currently living in Los Angeles, bear witness to the female experience of life in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps."

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."

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."