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Night and Fog
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness…
The Murderers are Among Us - Die Mörder sind unter uns
In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Shot in the rubble of Berlin just a year after WWII, The Murderers Are among Us was the first…
Hester Street
Gitl and her son arrive on the Lower East side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake. While Jake, who has job in a sweatshop and an English-speaking girlfriend, has completely embraced America, Gitl clings to her…
Little White Lie: Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
The Golem - How He Came into the World - Der Golem - wie er in die Welt kam
Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient Hebrew legend of the Golem provided actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema. Suffering under the tyrannical rule…
The Chosen
Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Danny is Hassidic, while Reuven is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of…
A Force More Powerful
A Force More Powerful explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons like boycotts, strikes, and demonstrations. Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins,…
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Jacob the Liar (Jakob der Lügner)
In his bittersweet comedy loaded with human quirks and nuance, Jacob invents news reports to bolster the spirits of the other Jews living in his Polish ghetto under Nazi occupation. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in…
2 videos
The Optimists - Bulgarian Jews Saved From the Holocaust
How were 50,000 Bulgarian Jews saved from the Holocaust despite the efforts of the government to deport them? THE OPTIMISTS tells the dramatic story of Christians and Muslims who, at the eleventh hour, secured the safety of their Jewish neighbors.…
Watchers of the Sky
With his provocative question, "why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history. An extraordinary testament to one man's perseverance, the Sundance award-winning film Watchers of…
Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen)
Adapted from the novel by Bruno Apitz and filmed on location at Buchenwald concentration camp, this film features many who were themselves prisoners of the Nazis, as well as younger actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. Based on a true story of inmates…
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Welcome to the Waks Family
Welcome to the Waks Family ...With 17 children to the same two parents, it's one of the largest families in Australia. Everyday life in the Waks household is a logistical challenge of monumental proportions. There are two minibuses to move…
The Beginning
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
PBS
Prize-winning author and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. The story begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the…
I Was Nineteen (Ich war neunzehn)
Gregor is a young soldier entering Germany with the victorious Soviet troops at the end of WWII. But he is also the child of left-wing Germans who fled from Hitler and spent the war in the Soviet Union. As a…
3 videos
Nazi Medicine - In the Shadow of the Reich & The Cross and the Star
Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of the Reich studies the step-by-step process that led the German medical profession down an unethical road to genocide. It graphically documents the racial theories and eugenics principles that set the stage for the doctors'…
2 videos
Memory of the Camps
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
This film was a project that was supervised by the British Ministry of Information and the American Office of War Information. And during that summer of 1945 some of the documentary editing was done under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock.…
Portrait of Wally
"Portrait of Wally", Egon Schiele's tender picture of his mistress, Walburga ("Wally") Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between…
Best Boy
Best Boy tells the story of Philip "Philly" Wohl, a 50-year-old mentally retarded man who has spent most of his life living at home with his parents in Queens, NY. Philly is a gentle soul who is greatly loved by…
Wellspring of Holiness
Part of the Series: Jerusalem
BBC
Author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a three-part series illuminating the history of the sacred and peerlessly beautiful city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site…
The Last Survivor
The Last Survivor is an award winning, feature-length documentary film that presents the stories of genocide Survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate a new generation, inspire tolerance and spark a civic response to…