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Diasporic Communities Outside the US

Jews in Pre-War Europe

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Anti-semitism (General and Misc. works)

The Holocaust
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Jewish History and Culture: General and Miscellaneous Works

Religions and Myths of the World
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Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonials
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Jews in America

Arguing the World.
This documentary traces the story of four Jewish intellectuals, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Howe and Irving Kristol, born in New York and educated at City College during the 1930s and 40s. Explores their controversial role in the McCarthy era, their battle with the New Left in the sixties, and their vastly differing political views today. A film by Joseph Dorman. 1997. 84 min. DVD X5702; Video/C 5541

Blacks & Jews
Early in the 20th century black and Jewish Americans joined forces against bigotry and for civil rights but in the late 1960's each group turned inward and the coalition fell apart. This film examines the history of this collaboration and recent racial conflicts between Afro-Americans and Jews and attempts at understanding and reconciliation, with particular emphasis on events in New York City and Oakland, California. A film by Deborah Kaufman. 1997. 85 min. Video/C 4712

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Brownsville, Black and White
This powerful documentary explores the complex history of interracial cooperation, urban change, and social conflict in Brownsville, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, from the 1930s to the present. A case study of the tragedy of urban American race relations, the film recounts the transformation of Brownsville from a poor but racially harmonious area made up largely of Jews and blacks to a community made up almost entirely of people of color. Directed by Richard Broadman. 2000. 83 min. DVD X3283

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Chicks in White Satin.
Here comes the bride ... both of them! A student produced Academy Award winning film documenting the formal Jewish wedding of two California women, Heidi Stern and Deborah Ellis, and the reverberations among each of their families. A film by Elaine Holliman. 1993. 25 min. Video/C MM309

Ellis Island
Immigrants of every ethnic background recall their extraordinary adventures, historians explore the sometimes insensitive national policies, and the Ellis Island Oral History Project reveals what the immigration experience was actually like. Features rare photographs and film. 1997. 150 min. Video/C 4757

The Exiles.
Interviews: Bruno Bettelheim, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Rod Steiger, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Motherwell, Edward Teller, Hans Bethe, Erich Leinsdorf, Hanna Holborn Gray, Lotte Lenya, Dolly Haas, Sabine Thomson, Franco Modigliani, Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Helen Wolff, Wolfgang Roth, James Redfield, Hans Sahl, Hans Jonas, Ralph Lerner, Ernest Dichter, Adolph Lowe, Leo Lowenthal, Hans Speier, Henry Ehrmann, Peter Selz, Mario Salvadori, Golo Mann (son of Thomas Mann), Albert Hirschman, Hajo Holborn, Felicia Deyrup, Christian Zimmer, Hannah Arendt, Walter Gropius, Jacques Lipchitz. Personal narratives of refugees from National Socialism are interspersed with historical film clips and reinactments. Examines the influence of these refugee scholars and artists on the U.S. since 1933. Directed by Richard Kaplan. 1993. 117 min. Video/C 4616

The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans.
Shows the special role the Jewish daily forward, the most successful Yiddish newspaper, played in the lives of millions of immigrants who became Americans. Director, Marlene Booth Dist.: Direct Cinema.1989. 58 min. Video/C 2881

Free Voice of Labor--the Jewish Anarchists.
Look at lives and ideals of the participants in the Jewish anarchist movement in the United States who believed in the possibility of society without government. The centerpiece of the film is a series of clips from interviews with members of the collective that published the Yiddish language anarchist paper Freie Arbeiter Stimme together with still photographs of anarchist demonstrations, and old newsreel footage. Produced and directed by Steve Fischler and Joel Sucher. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1997. 60 min. DVD 6882; vhs Video/C 305

From Swastika to Jim Crow
Before and during the Second World War Jewish scholars who escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the U.S. faced anti-Semitism at major universities and a public distrust of foreigners, so a significant number secured teaching positions at historically Black colleges in the South. In many cases they formed lasting relationships with their students and had an important impact on the communities in which they lived. This is a story of two cultures, each sharing a burden of oppression, brought together by the tragic circumstances of war. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 7866

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The Golden Land (1654-1932)(Heritage: Civilization and the Jews)
Explores the history of the Jews in America from colonial times to the Great Depression, focusing on the convergence of the American ideal of democracy and the ancient Jewish heritage of freedom. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:7 Pt. 7

A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma
This quintessentially American story of immigrants tells how a group of Eastern European Jews founded the chicken industry in Petaluma, California. Meet this idealistic and intrepid group through the reminiscences of their descendants, as they confronted obstacles of language and culture in their journey towards becoming Americans. Produced, directed and edited by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. 52 min. Video/C 9589

The Huddled Masses (America; 9).
Visits ships' holds, Ellis Island, and the Lower East Side garment factory sweat shops in order to depict turn-of-the-century immigration. Uses old photographs of the poor immigrants in contrast with oil portraits of tycoons who became rich at their expense. 52 min. Video/C 1423

Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Presents a biography of Nobel Prize winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer as he converses with friends in a popular cafeteria, responds to postlecture questions, and addresses people in his study. Also includes documentary footage from the 1978 Nobel ceremonies, and Judd Hirsch reads excerpts from Singer's stories. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1987. 56 min. Video/C 2153

Island of Hope, Island of Tears.
From 1892 to 1943 Ellis Island was used as an immigration reception and processing center. During this period approximately 12 million immigrants passed through its halls either to begin a new life in the United States or to be deported back to their mother country because they lacked some entrance requirement. This is their story. 28 min. Video/C 2313

Jewish American (Storm of Strangers).
Narrator Herschel Bernardi invites the viewer into a moving experience of the Jewish Americans living in the lower East Side of New York at the turn of the century, told in photographs of the period. 24 min. Video/C 2006

Jewish Americans (Multicultural Peoples of North America).
One of a 15 part series which celebrates the heritage of fifteen different cultural groups by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them, and whothey are today. Each volume discusses when and why each group emigrated, where they settled, which occupations they engaged in, and who the important leaders are within each community. Video/C 3298

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story
Traces the Jewish involvement in the history of the sport from the game's earliest days, through the tumultuous war years to today's All-Star games. By analyzing various stages in this history, including how the legendary Sandy Koufax pioneered rights for players and Hank Greenberg's support of Jackie Robinson, the film demonstrates how Jews shaped baseball, and baseball shaped them. Directed by Peter Miller. 2010. 91 min. DVD X7157

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Jews and the Gold Rush (Birth of a Community: Jews and the Goldrush)
This program relates the history of Jewish pioneers to California during the Gold Rush, outlining their reasons for coming, and their way of life once they arrived. The history of early Jewish settlements in San Francisco and Sacramento, and in Gold Rush mining communities is explored. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1994. 40 min. Video/C 7621

Keep not Silent: Ortho-Dykes.
Documents the lives of three Ortho-Dykes, lesbians living, with varying degrees of anonymity, with the Orthodox population of Jerusalem. Miriam-Esther is married and keeps her desires completely hidden from her husband and children; Ruth lives a double life, alternating nights between her girlfriend and her completely aware husband; and Yehudit lives openly with her partner despite her rabbi father's disapproval. Directed and produced by Ilil Alexander. 2004. 52 min. DVD 5307

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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Warm, nostalgic and wry, this film tells the story of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish baseball star. Handsome, and humble, he transcended religious prejudice to become one of major league baseball's great sluggers -- a hero to sports fans and an icon for a generation of U.S. Jews. Written, produced and directed by Aviva Kempner. 1999. 95 min. DVD 7150


Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Feature Documentary
National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-fiction Film
Peabody Award

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

Love Iranian-American Style
Sexual purity, money and a mother's worries come together in this humorous guided tour of America's status-obsessed Iranian Jewish community. The film follows Tanaz, a hip New Yorker whose Iranian family attempts to marry her off now that she's reached the age of 25. Tanaz vacillates between soppy American ideas of romance, and a more business-like Iranian approach, and in the end may be unable to execute either... Tanaz fantasizes about simply finding another Iranian 'weirdo' like herself - who is caught between two cultures and two very different marital traditions. Directed and produced by Tanaz Eshaghian. 2006. 63 min. DVD 9657

Meet me at Brooklyn & Soto: Celebrating the Jewish Community of East Los Angeles
Discusses the history of the Jewish community in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. 1996. 70 min. Video/C 7620

The Miracle of Intervale Avenue.
The South Bronx in New York City, an area that was once predominately Jewish, is now a decaying neighborhood whose population is largely Hispanic and Black. This program examines the people who choose to live and work in the South Bronx, in particular the tiny community of elderly Jews determined to survive. 65 min. Video/C 2335

The New Old Country
Follows the journey of American Jews who flock from across the country to New York City's Lower East Side in search of their grandparents' stories about growing up in the neighborhood. Their tourist travels reveal an intricate web of nostalgia, collective memory and the elusive nature of recorded history. Produced and directed by Faye Lederman. 2004. 27 min. Video/C MM265

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Nobody's Business
Oscar A. Berliner, father of director Alan Berliner, is the reluctant subject of this study of family history and memory. Family members add their comments to this portrait of a retired Jewish sportswear manufacturer and salesman who describes himself as "just an ordinary guy." Dist.: Milestone Film & Video. 1996. 60 min. DVD X2792; Video/C 6038


Berlin International Film Festival - Caligari Film Award
National Educational Media Network, USA - Golden Apple Award
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Spire Award

Renov, Michael. "Family Secrets: Alan Berliner's Nobody's Business and the (American) Jewish Autobiographical Film." Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, Spring2008, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p55-65, 11p, UC users only

Number our Days.
Interviews conducted by anthropologist Barbara G. Myerhoff to document lives of Jewish senior citizens of Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, Venice, Calif. Produced and directed by Lynne Littman. Dist.: Direct Cinema. DVD; 9288 Video/C 2150

In Her Own Time

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Postville: When Cultures Collide
Tells the story of how a small Iowa town is dealing with multiculturalism and social change. In Postville, Iowa more than 300 Hasidic Jews, plus hundreds of Mexicans, Guatelmalans, Ukrainians and Russians have taken up residence in the last decade. This program explores the struggles and rewards of the social and economic changes in the town. Written and produced by Nikki Tundel. 2001. Video/C MM1024

Bloom, Stephen G. Postville : a clash of cultures in heartland America / Stephen G. Bloom. New York : Harcourt, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks F630.J5 B56 2000)

Pushcarts and Plantations: Jewish Life in Louisiana
This documentary chronicles the 300-year history of Louisiana Jewry. From its beginnings as part of a French colony, to its emergence into the 21st century, this community has developed a unique culture amid the Cajun and Creole influences of the state. Through interviews, oral histories, and archival, this history is brought to life. Produced and directed by Brian Cohen. 1999? 54 min. DVD 9538 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6811

Récits d'Ellis Island
Two French filmmakers visit Ellis Island, the immigrant station in New York harbor, in which 16 million immigrants were processed between 1892 and 1924. They examine its history and the stories of those who passed through its gates through film and historical documents. A film by Georges Perec and Robert Bober (SECAM). In French. 116 min. Video/C 9577

Wagstaff, Peter. "The dark side of Utopia : word, image, and memory in Goerges Perec's Récits d'Ellis Island : histoires d'errance et d'espoir." In: The seeing century : film, vision and identity / edited by Wendy Everett. Amsterdam ; Atlanta : Rodopi, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.25 .S44 2000)

Song of a Jewish Cowboy
Scott Gerber, an unlikely mix of Yiddish and cowboy cultures, learned Yiddish and progressive songs from his mother and grandmother. A descendant of the Petaluma, California chicken ranchers, he carries on the Yiddish and ranching traditions. A documentary by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. c2002. 18 min. DVD 3321

They Came for Good: A History of the Jews in the United States: Present at the Creation, 1654-1820
Tells the story of the first Jews to immigrate to America from 1654 through 1820, their problems gaining acceptance and attempting to assimilate into the new culture, while maintaining their own group identity. Written by Manya Starr; directed by Amram Nowak. c2001. 60 min. DVD 4870

Sweatshop Cinderella
Arriving from Poland around 1890, Anzia Yezierska's family settled on the Lower East Side, where she toiled in sweatshops and laundries. Defying her parents, she pursued her education and devoted herself full-time to writing award-winning stories and novels in Yiddish-English dialect. Soon Hollywood, which turned two of her works into movies, beckoned her to write screenplays. When disenchantment with that world set in, she returned to New York to write. Director, producer, writer, Suzanne Wasserman. 2010. 27 min. DVD X4633

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They Came for Good: A History of the Jews in the United States: Taking root, 1820-1880
Chronicles the first major split in the practice of Judaism in 19th century America where conservative and reform movements vied for Jewish souls, while on the battlefields of the civil war, Jews were profoundly divided along regional lines and took up arms on both sides. Written by Manya Starr; directed by Amram Nowak. c2001. 60 min. DVD 4871

Triangle Fire
The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the gruesome culmination of years of unrest in America's most profitable manufacturing industry. Two years earlier, led by a spontaneous walkout in the same factory, twenty thousand garment workers, in the largest women's strike in American history, took to the streets of New York to protest working conditions. They gained the support of both progressives and leading women in New York's society. Directed by Jamila Wignot. Originally produced in 2011 as a segment on the television series American Experience. 60 min. DVD X5999

We Were So Beloved: The German Jews of Washington Heights
This documentary examines the experiences of German and Austrian Jews who fled Nazi persecution and settled in New York's Washington Heights in the 1930's. While reports came from the concentration camps, the new immigrants cooperated to build a new society. Washington Heights became a Jewish enclave dubbed by the Americans who lived there, "The Fourth Reich," and "Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson." In candid conversations, the interviewees reveal the ambivalencies of their situation: the trauma of leaving their homeland, the ties to German culture that remain, the relief and remorse of being saved, and the meaning of survival. Produced, directed, written by Manfred Kirchheimer. 1985. 145 min. DVD X3443

West of Hester Street.
Presents a historical documentary about Jewish immigration to America through the port of Galveston, Tex., during the early 1900s. Interweaves re-creations of specific events with the personal narrative of one immigrant. Producers, directors, writers, Cynthia and Allen Mondell. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1999

Hasidism and Hasidic Communities

Days of Awe.
Throughout New York City, Orthodox Jews practice ancient customs that are little known to outsiders. Though often closed to strangers, the filmaker was able to follow one ultra orthodox community in Brooklyn during one month in Autumn when the most important holidays are observed. The 1,000 year-old traditions come alive in processions, street dancing, candle lighting, and the building of temporary houses adorned with greenery. Produced by Karen Kramer. 43 min. Video/C 5006

Fires in the Mirror
On Aug. 19, 1991 in Crown Heights (Brooklyn, N.Y.) a Hasidic man accidentally runs over a Black boy (Gavin Cato). Three hours later a young Jewish scholar (Yankel Rosenbaum) was murdered by Black youths. Four days of fire-bombing and riots ensued. Anna Deavere Smith acts out the roles of these 18 persons involved in the racial conflict, trying to present the differing views of this serious problem. People played by Smith: Robert Sherman, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rivkah Siegel, Min. Conrad Muhammad, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Angela Davis, Rev. Dr. Heron Sam, Henry K. Rice,, Michael S. Miller, Richard E. Green, Norman Rosenbaum, Rabbi Joseph Spielman, Sonny Carson, Rabbi Shea Hecht, Rev. Al Sharpton, Roz Malamud, Reuven Ostrov, and Carmel Cato. Includes actual film footage of the riots and violence. A segment of the television program: American Playhouse originally presented in 1993 82 min. DVD 1252 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3083

Smith, Anna Deavere. Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities, Anna Deavere Smith. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1993. (Main Stack PS3569.M465.F56 1993; Moffitt PS3569.M465.F56 1993)

The Hasidim.
Explores the history, traditions, ceremonies, andpractices of the Hasidic community of New York to show why the Hasidim have flourished and influenced other Jews. 29 min. Video/C 3727

Music plays a central role in the daily life of the Hassidic community. Filmed within the Hassidic community, we are treated to beautiful Hassidic melodies as sung in prayer, at celebrations and at many other significant events in the day to day life of Hassidic Jews. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 5612

In Her Own Time
Focuses on cultural anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff's study of the community of Hasidic Jews in Los Angeles's Fairfax neighborhood. Also relates how, after exhausting medical treatment for cancer, she found strength among the traditions, faith, and caring of these Orthodox Jews. Directed by Lynne Littman. 1985. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 60 min. DVD 9287; vhs Video/C 9591

Number Our Days

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
A life apart relates the story of the creation of the Hasidic post-Holocaust communities in the United States with particular emphasis on New York City. Seven years in the making, this extraordinarily intimate film takes the viewer into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. From mystical tales to mesmerizing music, Rebbes to Holocaust survivors, it reveals an insular world few outsiders have seen. A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky. 95 min. DVD 1928; also VHS Video/C 6020

Postville: When Cultures Collide
Tells the story of how a small Iowa town is dealing with multiculturalism and social change. In Postville, Iowa more than 300 Hasidic Jews, plus hundreds of Mexicans, Guatelmalans, Ukrainians and Russians have taken up residence in the last decade. This program explores the struggles and rewards of the social and economic changes in the town. Written and produced by Nikki Tundel. 2001. Video/C MM1024

Trembling Before G-d
A documentary built around personal stories of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews. Portrays people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passion for Judaism with the biblical prohibitions against homosexuality. Includes interviews with closeted and out gay Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, including the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, Steven Greenberg. A film by Sandi Simcha Dubowski and Marc Smolowitz. Special features (Disc 2): a 36 min. documentary about the film: "Trembling on the road" / directed and produced by Sandi Simcha Dubowski; a short film by the director: "Tomboychik;" short film "Mark: the musical;" interview with the director; more interview footage with Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Rabbi Aron Tendler, Rabbi Aharon Feldman, Rabbi Meir Fund, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin; a discussion of the opening scenes; a discussion among the facilitators of Petach Lev: the Trembling Before G-d Israeli Education Project; conversation with editor/creative collaborator Susan Korda; deleted scene; a discussion of the atonement ceremony for sexual sins; theatrical trailer; international resources, links, and glossary. 84 min. 2000 DVD X5624; Video/C 9347

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Diasporic Communities Outside the US

Acts of Faith: Jewish Civilization in Spain
Many Latinos in the American Southwest wear amulets and perform certain practices different from their fellow Latino Catholics--and are discovering only now, to their amazement, that they are descended from Jews who chose conversion rather than death at the time of the great expulsion from Spain in 1492. This film looks at remnants of what was once the great Jewish civilization in Spain: the artifacts, which were Christianized or destroyed; and the people, many of whom continued to practice elements of the religion and folklore of Judaism and for most of whom the memory of Jewishness has been extinguished. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 6562

Being Jewish in France: In Joy or in Sorrow (Comme un juif en France: dans la joie ou la douleur)
Examines the history of the Jewish people in France starting with the trial of Alfred Dreyfus in the 19th century and ending in the present day. Film consists of two parts: De l'affaire Dreyfus à Vichy (73 min.) and De la libération à nos jours (112 min.). Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. DVD X2080

Johnson, William. "Surviving." Film Quarterly Sep 2009, Vol. 63, No. 1: 9–11 UC users only

The Believers: Stories from Jewish Havana
With the coming of the Communist Revolution in 1959, many of Cuba's 15,000 Jews chose to leave. Most of the remaining religious people, known as "believers," tended to abandon their religious practice. Until recently, the once flourishing Jewish community was dwindling. In 1994, only about 1,300 Jews still lived in Cuba. This program presents interviews with Cuban Jews, chiefly attendees at Gran Sinogoga de la Comunidad Hebrea, Adath Israel, Shevet Achim and Centro Hebreo Sefaradi de Cuba. A video by Bonnie Burt. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection). 1994. 16 min. Video/C MM1243

DVD contents: The last marranos / directors, Frederic Brenner , Stan Neumann (1990, 65 min.) -- Madres de desparecidos / by Frederic Brenner (2003, 26 min.) -- Tykocin / a film by Jerome de Missolz, Frederic Brenner (2003, 19 min.) -- Slideshow (26 min.) / with or without commentary by Frederic Brenner. CD-ROM contents: Consultation of Frederic Brenner's photo albums -- Lands of memory : navigate an evocative and poetic journey through through the arcana of Jewish culture. Les Derniers Marranes (The last marranos): When the Portugese Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, 'Marranos' was the name given to them by their Christian neighbors. To avoid persecution they converted to Catholicism but secretly practiced Judaism. This film depicts the life and customs of the last surviving community of Marranos--now numbering 100--in the tiny village of Belmonte, north of Lisbon. Madres de Desparacidos: These testimonies from mothers of the missing in Argentina speaking of their loss and grief, bring two stories into relief: that of a country living under dictatorship and that of a people marked by exile and separation. Tykocin: In Tykocin in northern Poland on 25th August 1941, all the Jews in the town were forced to march out of town .... 2,100 Jews were massacred. DVD 8378

The Disputation: A Theological Debate Between Christians and Jews
Recreates a public theological debate between Christians and Jews, which were common during the Middle Ages. This one, held in Barcelona in 1263, was unique, being a genuine debate between Christianity and Judaism which brought to light the basic differences between the two religions. 1993. 65 min. Video/C 6563

Exil Shanghai.
During world war II six German, Austrian and Russian Jews cross paths in Shanghai. This documentary traces their lives in exile in China through interviews, documents and photos combined with scenes of contemporary Shanghai. A film by Ulrike Ottinger. 1995. 275 min. DVD 6481

Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews
This documentary traces the descendants of Spanish Jews who were forced to either flee or convert to Catholicism after Queen Isabella's edict of 1492. Many of these Jews had to practice their religion in secret, passing their furtively-recalled customs down through the generations. Exploring the history and culture of these 'conversos,' the film celebrates an enduring spiritual legacy which has survived centuries of persecution. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1996. 51 min. Video/C 6640

Flucht in den Dschungel
Jews seeking to escaping the Nazis in 1933 were the first to arrive in Rolandia, Brazil. Once lawyers and politicians, they now became simple farmers, cultivating coffee plantations in the jungle. Then in the mid-forties Nazis escaping Germany after their defeat in WWII settled in the region with only one river separated the two factions. This documentary examines the relationships between the two groups. In German. 1999. 102 min. Video/C 8801

The Falashas.
A study of the history, customs and way of life of the Black Jews of Ethiopia and of efforts to help them emigrate to Israel. 1973. 27 min. Video/C 1997

Falashas: Exile of the Black Jews
Known as Falasha, Ethiopian Jews lived in isolation for centuries practicing an ancient, pre-Talmudic form of Judaism, which traces its origins back to Solomon and Sheba. In the 17th century, this civilization was overpowered by neighboring tribes. Years of persecution and discrimination followed. In the 1980s conditions worsened, as famine and a new wave of violence threatened the remaining Falasha. This documentary examines the politics that caused the Israeli government to organize Operation Moses, a secret airlift of 7,000 Ethiopian Jews out of the Sudan to Israel from Nov. 24, 1984 to Jan. 6, 1985. Written and directed by Simcha Jacobovici. 2004. 80 min. DVD 2978

Forget Baghdad.
Looks at a community of people known as "Sephardis," "Mizrahim," or "Arab Jews:" people of Jewish religion and Arab culture, who have long found themselves caught between warring world-views. Uprooted virtually overnight at the founding of the modern Israeli state, many Sephardis lost first their homeland and then, with the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, their very cultural identity. A documentary film by Samir. Special DVD features: Introduction to the film (in English, French or German, 29 min.); participant bios (in English); participant interviews (with same language options as the film).2002. 112 min. DVD X3147; Video/C MM413

Girona, Mother of Israel: The Jews in Catalonia
Traces the arrival, daily life, and explusion of the Jews from Catalonia and the City of Girona. The program features Catalan-Ladino folk music, footage of Girona's Jewish quarter as it appears today, and interviews with historians. Producer/director, Patricia Giniger Snyder. 1988. 30 min. DVD 7926

Havana Nagila: The Jews in Cuba.
Through interviews with Cuban Jews and historical narrative, surveys the history of Jewish immigration to Cuba, their assimilation into Cuban culture and their current living conditions. Writer/director Laura Paull. 56 min. Video/C 3343

Goldman, Ilene S. "Documentaries about Jewish Renewal in Contemporary Cuba: Hope or Hype?" Latin American Research Review v32, n3 (Summer, 1997):258 (11 pages).
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Jews of Iran
Documentary on the Jewish community in Iran. Interviews with several Iranian Jews reveal the discrimination that the Jewish community has faced as well as the positive aspects of life in Iran. Director and producer, Ramin Farahani. 2005. 52 min. DVD X6821

Jews of the Spanish Homeland
This short, unusual film addresses the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. The documentary provides a rare glimpse of Sephardic communities in Salonika, Constantinople, Yugoslavia, and Romania as well as former centers of Jewish life in Spain. Presents documents on the Sephardim collected by Ernesto Giménez Caballero. Originally filmed in 1922. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 13 min. Video/C MM1282

A Kiss to this Land (Un Beso a esta tierra
In the 1920s and '30s, thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East emigrated to Mexico. Their stories are told through archival photographs, film footage, and contemporary interviews with Jewish octogenarians who describe their journeys and their perception of Jewish life in the new world. Directed by Daniel Goldberg. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1995. 93 min. DVD X2081

In August 1889, the steamship Wesser docked in Argentina, carrying the country's first group of Jewish immigrants, who were fleeing the Tsarist regime in Russia. They bought agricultural land, built schools, synagogues, and became the "Jewish gauchos." The granddaughter of one of those immigrants describes the struggles of her ancestors in the new world. This documentary recounts the story of those pioneers, based on interviews with the oldest members of today's Jewish community. Directors, Vivian Imar, Marcelo Trotta. 2001. 71 min. DVD 9452

The Letter P: The Story of Pulcinella.
At the beginning of the 17th century the Italian commedia dell'arte introduced the hunchback Pulcinella for the mirth and mockery of its audiences. Pulcinella's popularity outlived the commedia itself. His diasporic tale of ancient Roman curses, Marranism, and escape from Fascist Italy to Argentina is recounted here in an interview by the Italian Radio Network RAI Otto. The revelation of Pulcinella's Judaic roots challenges the benign public image of the commedia dell'arte and casts the shadow of modernism over its not-so-innocent origins. Pulcinella survives the 20th century a complex and alienated figure--the thoroughly modern man. A film by Margaret Fisher. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5670

The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America
A small group of South Americans are eager to affirm their Jewish faith. Their ancestors - Spanish Jews - were forced to convert during the Inquisition. Even after centuries of living in the New World as Catholics and intermarrying, their families still managed to secretly pass down some Jewish traditions from generation to generation. These practices have convinced them that they were originally Jews and fuel their desire to convert. Produced and directed by Gabriela Böhm. 2007. 75 min. DVD X4170

Paper Bridge (Die papierene Brucke)
The filmmaker traces her parents' migratory paths before World War II, which led from Vienna and Romania to Palestine. Ruth Beckermann returns to the European Jewish communities which inspired her childhood stories and visits and interviews Jews living in Theresienstadt, Bucovnia, and Vienna. A film by Ruth Beckermann. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1987. 93 min. Video/C 7964

Sepharad: Judeo-Spanish.
Over 500 years have passed since the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Despite having been scattered to the far corners of the globe, Sephardic Jews have preserved their rich musical heritage. This unusual film enables the viewer to hear and learn about the rich tradition and beautiful music of the Romanceros (Ladino love songs), as well as lullabies, wedding tunes, songs of mourning and melodies from the synagogue. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1993. 27 min. Video/C 5493

Shanghai Ghetto
The incredible story of thousands of Jews and their dramatic escape from the Nazis during World War II to Japanese-controlled Shanghai. Fleeing for their lives, these Jewish refugees journeyed to form a settlement in the exotic city, penniless and unprepared for their new life in the Far East. Shot at the site of the original Shanghai Ghetto, unchanged since WWII, along with interviews of survivors and historians, rare letters, stock footage and still photos, the film depicts an incredibly moving portrayal of a rich cultural life, bravely constructed under enormous hardship. Produced, edited, and directed by Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann. 2002. 95 min. DVD 3475

Song of the Sephardi.
A feature-length documentary musical film about the songs and traditions of the Spanish Jews ... with the participation of the Sephardic communities of Seattle and Jerusalem. 75 min. Video/C 2325

Spirit of a People: A New Portrait of Russia
Chronicles recent changes in Russia through the daily lives of two Soviet families -- a Russian/Jewish family of six and a young Russian Orthodox filmmaker and his artist wife and child. Also includes interviews with scholars discussing everyday life and social conditions in Russia, both before and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, from 1990 to the present day. c1994. 94 min. Video/C 6920

The Yidishe Gauchos
Tells of Jews escaping persecution and pogroms in late nineteenth-century Eastern Europe to settle in the Pampas of Argentina. Includes oral histories, archival footage, and interviews with scholars. Written and directed by Mark Freeman. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 28 min. Video/C MM1248

Jews in Pre-War Europe and Soviet Union

Children Must Laugh (Mir kumen on)
Producer, Medem Sanatorium ; cinematography, Stanislaw Lipinski. One of the few surviving documentaries depicting pre-war Jewish life in Poland and life at the Jewish Labor Bund's Medem Sanatorium, a model residential children's institution. The Medem Sanatorium, which existed from 1926 through 1942, stood as a symbol of health and enlightenment. Originally released in 1938. In English and Yiddish with English subtitles. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 94 min. Video/C MM1011

Comrade Abram
Originally released in 1919. A film by I. Ermolyev. One of thirteen single-reel agitki made to be shown on the agit-trains that carried propaganda across post-revolutionary Russia. It focuses on Abram Hersh, a young Jewish pogrom survivor, factory worker and organizer in Moscow who rises to leadership in the Red Army. This short emphasizes Hersh's suffering and heroism as both worker and Jew, and promotes solidarity over antisemitism. 19 min. Video/C MM1048

A Different World, Poland's Jews, 1919-1943 (Struggles for Poland; 3).
Documents through archival films, stills, interviews and readings the once flourishing and dynamic community of Polish Jews, and the events leading up to the Holocaust. Focuses on ghetto leaders, the Treaty for Protection of Minority Rights and the rise of European facism. 58 min. Video/C 1247:3 pt. 3

Echoes that Remain
A study of Jewish Shtetl life before the Holocaust. Combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage, with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Director, Arnold Schwartzman ; editor, Roy Watts ; producers, Arnold Schwartzman, Rabbi Marvin Hier. Dist.: Simon Wiesenthal Center. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 9349

Image Before My Eyes: A History of Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holocaust
A photographic history of Jews in Poland between the two World Wars that pays homage to the dynamic and vibrant society of 3.5 million people that was destroyed during the Holocaust. Unearthing the stories of Jewish villagers, scholars, socialists, Zionists, and artists who built a thriving culture during a 900-year history, this film draws on the artifacts of a vanished world -- photographs, home movies, songs and evocative interviews -- to recreate Jewish Poland. Director, Josh Waletzky. Originally broadcast on PBS in 1980. 88 min. DVD 5480

Jew on the Land.
Jew on the land is a semi-documentary about a Jewish experimental agricultural settlement in Russia. (also on same tape: Fruits ofLove, a silent Soviet comedy film in which a single man attempts to trick others into caring for his infant child. 60 min. Video/C 4036

Jewish Life in Bialystok.
Portrays the commercial, industrial and cultural center that was Bialystok, Poland in 1939, emphasizing the city's 200-year-old Jewish community. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 10 min. DVD X2365; vhs Video/C 3600

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Jewish Life in Krakow.
Portrays the Krakow, Poland of 1939; includes commercial, industrial and cultural highlights, focusing on the Jews, their institutions, and their way of life. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 12 min. DVD X2368; vhs Video/C 3705

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Jewish Life in Lwów.
Now known as L'vov, in Ukraine, this city is shown as it was in early 1939, the Polish City of Lwow. Focuses on the Jews, one third of the population in 1939, their institutions, and their way of life. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 10 min. DVD X2366; vhs Video/C 3704

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Jewish Life in Wilno.
Shows Vilnius, Lithuania, a leading spiritual and cultural center for Eastern European Jews from the16th century until World War II, as it was in early 939, when it was a part of Poland and known as Wilno, or Vilna. Portrays Vilnius' landmarks and focuses on the daily life of the Jews living there. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 11 min. DVD X2367; vhs Video/C 3599

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L'chayim, Comrade Stalin!
In 1928, Stalin created the world's first Jewish state in Siberia called the Jewish Autonomus Region (J.A.R.)where young idealists from many nations built a homeland rich in Jewish culture. By 1948, the Jewish population had peaked at 45,000. With Birobidzhan as its capital, it was home to Yiddish schools, theaters, publications and synagogues. This documentary features interviews with pioneer settlers, current residents, footage from Russian archives and scenes from the Soviet propaganda film, Seekers of happiness. Produced and written by Elizabeth Schwartz; directed by Yale Strom. Dist. Cinema Guild.2000. 90 min. Video/C MM300

In 1942, 2,500 Jews from Bransk, Poland died in Treblinka's gas chambers. Their shtetl died with them. Uncover the true story of Jewish life in Bransk before and after WWII. Starting as a pilgrimage by a Holocaust survivor from Bransk to uncover his roots, the quest is joined by a young Polish Gentile historian from Bransk who is also driven to discover the mystery of the last Jewish community. Directed and produced by Marian Marzynski. Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline on PBS in 1996. 180 min. DVD X2937

A Yiddish World Remembered
Looks back at the all but vanished Jewish way of life that existed in eastern Europe before World War II. Through archival films, vintage photographs, traditional cantorial and Klezmer music, and personal recollections, once-vibrant cities and small towns come alive again. The few remaining eyewitnesses share their compelling stories about life in the close knit communities where rabbis settled disputes, yentas gossiped, and boys dedicated themselves to learning. Directed by Andrew Goldberg.Originally produced in 2002 by Two Cats Productions as a PBS special, this videodisc release contains an additional 40 minutes of bonus content not included in the television version. Bonus content provided by Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 140 min. DVD X3183

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Almonds and Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema.
A documentary on the Yiddish cinema in America, primarily in New York City from 1927 to the 1940's. Features extensive excerpts from Yiddish films (most subtitled in English) including The cantor's son, Overture to glory with Moishe Oysher, Yidl mitn Fidl with Molly Picon and Tevye with Maurice Schwartz. Has contemporary footage of New York City and Eastern European village life. Includes interviews with those who have participated in the Yiddish cinema. Dist.: Ergo Media. c1988. 90 min. Video/C 1881

Ashkenaz: Eastern Europe
A compilation of Jewish music from Eastern Europe including Yiddish folksongs, the liturgical music of the synagogue, Klezmer melodies, as well as Yiddish theater tunes--all of which are the essential components of Ashkenazic music. The film also features rare archival footage of Jewish life in Eastern Europe as it existed prior to World War II, providing an understanding of the environment from which the music grew. 1993. 28 min. Video/C 5558

Chants de Sable et d'Etoiles: Chants of Sand and Stars
So you think you know Jewish music? This film literally goes to the four corners of the Earth to collect performances of sounds that make up traditional Jewish music. From Belgium to Canada, from France to Israel, to the Netherlands and further...this exhaustive celebration of Yiddish songs, Klezmer music, synagogue celebrations and Jewish chant examines the role music plays in uniting and sustaining Jewish culture and faith throughout the world. Director, Nicolas Klotz. 90 min. DVD 9293; vhs Video/C 6017

Creating Jewish Characters for TV.
One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. This film explores the creation and characterization of Jewish characters presented in television sit-coms and dramas through comments by the creators of "Thirtysomething," "Chicago hope," "Relativity," "Northern exposure," and "Seinfeld." This seminar is presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California. 1998. 61 min. Video/C 5744

The Golden Age of Second Avenue.
A documentary on the Yiddish theater in America. Features excerpts from Yiddish films (subtitled in English) includes interviews with those who have participated in the Yiddish theater. Director and writer, Morton Silverstein. 70 min. DVD X4972; Video/C 1998

Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew Live on Broadway
The irascible, irreplaceable, and incomparable true living legend of comedy gives his eighth and final one-man comedy Broadway show. Contents: Intro -- Success -- Homosexuals -- Politicians -- Hillary Clinton -- Qualifications ; Tough Jews ; The rich ; Diets ; Casinos ; Marriage ; Vacation ; Discrimination ; Viagra ; Culture.c2008. 93 min. DVD X1692

Jews, Movies, Hollywoodism and the American Dream
Using archival footage this film examines the lasting influence on the American motion picture industry of the Eastern European Jewish immigrants who founded and ran the major motion picture companies and studios that gave Hollywood its worldwide fame and produced many of the all-time motion picture classics of this century. Profiles in particular the work of Adolph Zukor, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, the Warner brothers, Harry Cohn, and Irving Thalberg. 1998. 100 min. Video/C 5609

Gabler, Neal. An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. 1st ed. New York: Crown Publishers, c1988. (Main Stack PN1993.5.U65.G28 1988; Moffitt PN1993.5.U65.G28 1988; Bancroft PN1993.5.U65.G28 1988)

A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden.
Shows these two klezmer bands both in performance and in the process of re-discovering this traditional music through its Yiddish, Eastern European, and early 20th Century American roots. 75 min. Video/C 2179

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The Komediant
Arriving in 1924, Pesachke Burstein, the dancing-singing comedian, quickly became a leading figure in the Golden Era of Yiddish theater. On stage, he would meet, fall in love with and eventually marry raising star Lillian Lux. Embarking together on triumphant overseas tours as a couple, they soon became the parents of twins. Before long the children, Mike and Susan, were given stage names and accompanied their parents on tours. In time, the pressures of theatrical life would take its toll on the family. Director, Arnon Goldfinger. 1999. 85 min. DVD 8946

The Last Klezmer: Leopold Kozlowski, His Life and Music.
Yale Strom traveled to Eastern Europe to search for remnants of Klezmer music (Jewish folk melodies) that survived the Holocaust such as recordings, sheet music and Klezmer musicians. In this program he interviews and travels with Leopold Kozlowski, the last Klezmer who grew up in the tradition. Written, co-produced and directed by Yale Strom. 84 min. Video/C 4331

Holden, Stephen. "The Last Klezmer." (movie reviews) New York Times v143 (Fri, August 12, 1994):C6(L), col 1, 12 col in.

Mamadrama: the Jewish Mother in Cinema
A unique exploration of the maligned mother figure in Jewish twentieth century culture. In movies, television and books, she has been either revered or caricatured, often being the butte of humor and variously identified as emasculating, overbearing, oversexed, undersexed, long-suffering or overly materialist. Film excerpts: Mirele Efros (1939) -- Mothers of today (1939) -- Come blow your horn (1963) -- Where's Poppa? (1970) -- Portnoy's complaint (1972) -- My favorite year (1982) -- Jazz singer (1927) -- Noa at 17 (1981) -- Summer of Aviya (1988). Writer, director, producer, Monique Schwarz. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 9255

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The New Klezmorim: Voices Inside the Revival of New Yiddish Music
Explores the most important popular Jewish cultural phenomenon of recent times, the revival of Yiddish music. This documentary features performances by some of the leading figures in Klezmer music and Yiddish songs today. Includes interviews with performers and students of the music about the origins of the Klezmer revival, the reasons for the widespread popularity of the music among young people and the newfound appeal of Yiddish culture. Performers: Aaron Schwebel, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Bruce Adler, Brave Old World, Josh Waletzky, German Goldenshteyn, Adrienne Cooper, Mimi Robson, David Harris, Judy Bressler, Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Zalmen Mlotek. 2000. 69 min. Video/C 7717

Night on the Sea of Galiliee: Israel Folk Dance Festival.
A collection of the best folkloric dance groups performing in Israel today, consisting of one hour of action, colors and music reflecting the traditions and history of the Israeli people. 1985. 60 min. DVD 4504; also VHS Video/C 1994

The Rise & Fall of the Borscht Belt.
A documentary work of social history comprising reminiscences of the longtime patrons and proprietors in the Borscht Belt. Includes original footage, vintage photographs, and home movies dating back to the area's earliest days. Producer/director, Peter Davis. 90 min. Video/C 2001

Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots
It's a little-known fact that Elvis Presley-the most Christian icon of American pop culture-was the direct descendent of Jews. This book provides a behind-the-scenes account of the authors' search, from Israel to Graceland, to find the true Jewish roots of the King. With the help of a Hasidic Jewish Elvis impersonator, Dan Hartel, who performs at senior citizens' homes under the stage name "Schmelvis," and an eccentric Orthodox rabbi named Reuben Poupko, the authors trace Elvis's Jewish roots all the way to Israel. Written and directed by Max Wallace ; produced by Evan Beloff. 2002. 76 min. Video/C MM1083

Shadows in Paradise
By 1939, 30,000 intellectuals and radicals were exiled from Europe (80% were Jewish), sending many of the greatest minds of the 20th century into exile in the United States. Many immigrated to Southern California which was briefly transformed into a world culture capital which profoundly altered the horizons of American music, literature, and theater. Includes the stories of Lion Feuchtwanger, Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Fritz Lang, Erich Maria Remarque, Bruno Walter, Ernst Toch, Erich Zeisl, Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Salka Viertel, and Hanns Eisler. Produced and directed by Peter Rosen. c2008. 60 min. DVD X2968

A Tickle in the Heart
Follows three traveling musicians, the Epstein brothers, Klezmer music legends now on a joyous international come-back tour revisiting the places of their past, including Florida, Poland, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shows the three brothers -- Max, Julie and Willie Epstein -- discussing their past and handling the nuts and bolts of their business: booking dates, haggling over fees, and performing at retirement homes and synagogue functions. 2003. 84 min. DVD 3166

They Were Truly Fantastic Times: The Jewish Cultural Federation, 1933-1941 (Es waren wirklich Sternstunden: Der Judischer Kulturbund, 1933-1941)
A documentary film of the history of the Judischer Kulturbund (Jewish Cultural Association), founded in Berlin in 1933 by German jews who presented plays, operas, concerts, film showings, ballets and cabaret through 1941. The film centers around interviews with former members of the Kulturbund and the fate of the artists involved. 1988. 89 min. Video/C 8075

The Yiddish Cinema.
Beginning with a brief history of Yiddish language and culture, the history of Yiddish cinema is recounted, using excerpts from Yiddish films: A Letter to Mother (1939), Tevye (1939, Jewish luck (1925), The Dybbuk (1937), Yiddle with his fiddle (1936), The Jester (cont'd) (1937), The Light ahead (1939), Uncle Moses (1932), Greenfields (1937), American matchmaker (1940). This documentary was produced "to augment the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective, "Yiddish film between two worlds." Narrated by David Mamet. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film.c1991. 60 min. DVD X6948; Video/C 3198

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Before Oprah, and before Lucy, there was the beloved Gertrude Berg, the entertainment genius who wrote, starred in and produced the first successful domestic sitcom and charmed a beleaguered nation. Animated through a dazzling collage of vintage clips and interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and intimate conversations with friends, colleagues and family members, the box-office smash-hit Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg traces Berg's rise to stardom from her childhood in New York to her early radio days in The rise of the Goldbergs (1929-46) to her enormously influential sitcom, The Goldbergs (1949-56), which brought Berg the first Best Actress Emmy in history. Directed by Aviva Kempner. DVD features: audio commentary with the director; episodes of The Goldbergs; Gertrude Berg's guest appearances with Edward R. Murrow and on Ed Sullivan; additional scenes and interviews; bonus Gertrude Berg recipe; essay from the director and more. 2009. 92 min. DVD X4424

Yiddish Culture

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Almonds and Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema.
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Fading Traces: Postscripts from a Landscape of Memory
The western Ukraine was once home to the largest Jewish community that ever existed. Five million Jews living there had a rich culture, with extensive music and a thriving Yiddish theater. All this disappeared with the German invasion of Russia in 1941 and the tragic events of the Holocaust. This documentary artfully weaves the words of writers such as Rose Auslander, Isaak Babel, Martin Buber and David Kahane with the memories of those still living to recreate the culture of Ukrainian Jews. Directed by Walo Deuber. (1998?) 79 min. Video/C 7938

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The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans.
Shows the special role the Jewish daily forward, the most successful Yiddish newspaper, played in the lives of millions of immigrants who became Americans. Director, Marlene Booth Dist.: Direct Cinema.1989. 58 min. Video/C 2881

The Golden Age of Second Avenue.
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Journey to Yiddish Land
When the state of Israel was established the Yiddish language was abandoned in favor of modern hebrew, except by the Hasisim. But now renewed efforts are being made in Israel and even Germany to keep the language alive. Including commentary by the director of the Yiddish Theatre in Tel Aviv, this lively film presents Yiddish theater, song and dance, demonstrating how language and cultural identity are intertwinded. A film by Gernot Steinweg, Rea Karen ; directed by Gernot Steinweg. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7936

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The Komediant
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Mamadrama: the Jewish Mother in Cinema
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Song of a Jewish Cowboy
Scott Gerber, an unlikely mix of Yiddish and cowboy cultures, learned Yiddish and progressive songs from his mother and grandmother. A descendant of the Petaluma, California chicken ranchers, he carries on the Yiddish and ranching traditions. A documentary by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. c2002. 18 min. DVD 3321

The Yiddish Cinema.
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Yiddish, the Mame-Loshn (Yiddish, the Mother Tongue).
Filmed in Los Angeles and New York, documentary examining the importance of the Yiddish language and culture to American Jews today through interviews, films, poetry and Yiddish music. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. c1991. 58 min. Video/C 3197

A Yiddish World Remembered
Looks back at the all but vanished Jewish way of life that existed in eastern Europe before World War II. Through archival films, vintage photographs, traditional cantorial and Klezmer music, and personal recollections, once-vibrant cities and small towns come alive again. The few remaining eyewitnesses share their compelling stories about life in the close knit communities where rabbis settled disputes, yentas gossiped, and boys dedicated themselves to learning. Directed by Andrew Goldberg. Originally produced in 2002 by Two Cats Productions as a PBS special, this videodisc release contains an additional 40 minutes of bonus content not included in the television version. Bonus content provided by Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 140 min. DVD X3183

Zoll Zeyn
Presents the state of Yiddish culture in contemporary Israel through interviews with Yiddish-speaking people from many different walks of life, from socialist Bundists in Tel Aviv to the Orthodox in Jerusalem, from people in the street to poets, singers, revolutionaries, journalists and actors for whom Yiddish is a living language in the midst of Hebrew. They share stories and vignettes of their experiences, their love of Yiddish language and literature and the attitude in Israel toward Yiddish. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film.1989. 135 min. Video/C 9590


Middle East: Israel

Without narration, this film documents the pioneering labors of early Jewish settlers in Palestine in the 1930s as they build a new homeland. The film records the technological and agricultural accomplishments of the pioneers and extols the idea of a socialist Jewish state. Footage includes shots taken at the Jaffa port and on various kibbutzes of the time. Director Lerski's expressive style creates an almost mythic image of the Jew in Palestine, toiling and triumphing amidst the sweeping desert landscape. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1935. 50 min. Video/C 7320

Davidoff Newsreel
A newsreel segment depicting the first voyage of a Polish ocean liner with Jewish immigrants to Palestine in 1934. The film contains footage of the departure from the Black Sea port of Constanta, the passengers enjoying the voyage, the recitation of Yom Kippur prayers on deck and an extended cantorial performance. Other images include passengers dancing the hora, singing Zionist songs, and the impressive urban vistas of Haifa and Tel-Aviv which greeted the visitors upon their arrival. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 10 min. Video/C 7319

The Dream of My People (with Joseph Rosenblatt Bringing Present Day Palestine Before Your Eyes)
A An early travelogue on Palestine, focusing on Jews living and working in the Holy Land. Locations featured include Jerusalem sites, the Judean Hills, Mikve Israel Agricultural School, pioneers working in the fields; Rishon le Zion, Rehovot, Nes Ziona, citrus picking and packing, Jezreel Valley and settlements, Tiberias and Lak Kinneret, Bedouin dwellings, Tel Aviv and Jaffa beach and street scenes and the Maccabiah Stadium. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1934. 66 min. Video/C 7318

Dreamers and Builders
A compilation from silent films of the 1920s originally produced, photographed and directed by Ya'akov Ben Dov. This documentary traces the history of Zionism and the movement to create a national homeland for the Jewish people focusing on the work of the early filmmaker Yaakov Ben Dov. Landmark events in the creation of the state of Israel are highlighted, such as the first waves of Jewish immigrants to Palestine, the Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, the Balfour Declaration, and the early agricultural, economic and political development of the country. Based on three films - Return to Zion, Rebirth of a New Palestine, Romance of Palestine. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 60 min. Video/C 7295

Hatikvah (The Hope: This Being a Report of What had Happened During the 1930s in Palestine)
Created in 1936 in an effort to inspire German Jews to emigrate to Palestine, this documentary focuses on major personalities of the Zionist movement, the constructive work carried out in Palestine by the first waves of immigration, and the religious life of Jews from diverse backgrounds. Originally released in 1936; re-edited in 1993. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 48 min. Video/C 7317

Labor of Thy Hands
Sponsored by an American Zionist women's organization, this film aims to build support for Israel among Americans by showing similarities between the two countries. Hadassah presents; screenplay, Mina Brownstone ; producer, Hazel Greenwald. 1950s. 14 min. DVD X55

The Land of Promise: The First Palestine Sound Picture
Directed & edited by Juda Leman, 1935. This is one of Palestine's earliest sound films and part of a larger campaign to encourage settlement and investment by Jews in "the Jewish homeland." Punctuated by evocative close-ups, this part-documentary, part-travelogue, part-message film shows Palestine as a land of opportunity, the place for fulfilling an ancient dream. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 54 min. Video/C 7296

Tryster, H. ""The land of promise" (1935): a case study in Zionist film propaganda." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 187-217, June 1995

Anti-semitism (General and Miscellaneous Works)

An American Girl: Problems of Prejudice(1958)
The story of a teenage girl who starts wearing a Jewish charm bracelet that she received for her birthday. She then begins to experience anti-semitism and prejudice first hand from her friends at high school and in the community. Produced by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. 30 min. DVD 4549; DVD 8289

Anti-semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence
Today, parts of the world are experiencing a dramatic resurgence of anti-Semitism--from hate propaganda to vandalism to attacks on Jews themselves. Reports from research groups indicate a major increase in anti-Semitic incidents since the year 2000, with the worldwide annual average number of major violent incidents nearly doubling from 1990s levels. It is particularly severe in Western Europe, where research shows that since the year 2000, Muslim and Arab youths were increasingly responsbile for attacks against Jews and Jewish properties. Meanwhile outside of Europe, in more and more Arab and Islamic communities around the world, there is an alarming increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric in the political and public arenas, especially in the mainstream media. What is fueling the rise in anti-Semitism in the Islamic and Arab worlds today? What real threats does it pose? And how can history help us better understand what is happening? Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 60 min. DVD 8880

Blood in the Face.
Documents behind-the-scenes activities and individual philosophies and views of members of today's far right movement. Reveals the workings of the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party, the Aryan Nations, and David Duke. Based on the reporting of James Ridgeway, author of the book Blood in the face. Directed by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway (MAIN: E184.A1 R482 1990; MOFF: E184.A1 R482 1990). 1991. 77 min. DVD X5373; Video/C 2319

The California Reich.
A documentary on the National Socialist White Peoples Party in California that characterizes the party's dogma, leaders, and influence. Profiles the leaders of four California units showing their families, homes, and party meetings and social gatherings. Directed, photographed, and edited by Walter F. Parkes and Keith F. Critchlow. 1975. 55 min. Video/C 2913

Defamation: Anti-Semitism, The Movie
Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative and at times irreverent quest to answer the question: What is anti-Semitism today? Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum and traveling to places like Auschwitz and Brooklyn, Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. Directed by Yoav Shamir. 2009. 91 min. DVD X3631

Ethnic Fault Lines
The first segment tracks the influence of old ethnic hatreds and fears through the rise of neo-Nazi groups targeting Jews and gypsies which threaten human rights in Hungary. The second segment previews film entries in the 1993 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 5, 1993. 50 min. ea.Video/C 6690

Ever Again
Examines the resurgence of violent anti-Semitism in Europe and its connection to international terrorism currently threatening the entire world. Exposes the dangerous Islamic extremism and culture of death being preached from mosques of Europe's major cities and the new neo Nazism spreading from Germany across the continent. It documents the anti-Semitic roots of recent terrorist attacks in Madrid and London which left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. It examines the shift from the traditional anti-Semitism of the right to the new anti-Semitism of the extreme left. Directed by Richard Trank. 2005. 74 min. DVD X4792

Don't Be a Sucker(1943)
"Financed and produced by the United States War Department, and shot at the Warners studio, although it was distributed through all of the major studios' film exchanges and also by National Screen Services free to the theatre exhibitors: A young, healthy American Free Mason is taken in by the message of a soap-box orator who asserts that all good jobs in the United States are being taken by the so-called minorities, domestic and foreign. He falls into a conversation with a refugee professor who tells him of the pattern of events that brought Hitler to power in Germany and how Germany's anti-democratic groups split the country into helpless minorities, each hating the other. The professor concludes by pointing out that America is composed of many minorities, but all are united as Americans." (Reissued in 1946 following the end of World War II." [IMDB] 17 min. DVD 8289 (also on DVD 4454, DVD 4295, DVD 3728)

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[Farrakhan, Louis] Louis Farrakhan: Thursday, April 5, 1984 / ABC News.
A television interview with Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of a Black Muslim sect, concerning threats he made against a black reporter, Milton Coleman, who released information regarding Jesse Jackson's use of the term "hymie." 41 min. Video/C 5764

The House That I Live In
Frank Sinatra's famous Academy Award winning short dealing with post-war racism and antisemitism. A young Sinatra gives street kids a pep talk and sings the title song. 1945 10 min. Video/C 7091

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Simon, Art. "The House I Live In: Albert Maltz and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism." In: "Un-American" Hollywood : politics and film in the blacklist era / Edited by Frank Krutnik ... [et al.]. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P6 U5 2007; MOFF: PN1995.9.P6 U5 2007)

Jewish Discrimination, Racism & Antisemitism Films
A compilation of some of the rarest films produced in the 1940s and 1950s pertaining to Judaism, anti-semitism, religious discrimination toward Judaism, national origin discrimination and racism in America. Contents: American girl, Pts. I, II and III (28 min) -- Don't be a sucker (17 min.) -- Let us break Bread, Pts. I and II (26 min.) -- What about prejudice? (11 min.) American Girl: An American girl pretends to be Jewish to see what happens and how she is treated. She quickly finds out how prevalent racism and anti-Semitism are in the United States. Don't Be a Sucker: This film shows that the US governmental and cultural system will completely disintegrate if American people continue to embrace the ideals and practices of racism, prejudice, discrimination and intolerance. Let Us Break Bread: A stunning film series about the struggles of school administrators battling prejudice in mid-20th century America and how they encouraged the social acceptance of racial integration in American schools during the 50s and 60s. What about Prejudice: A positive film looking toward the social benefits of keeping an open mind and embracing all cultures, regardless of color, religion or creed. This film encourages teens to look within themselves, as opposed to listening to the racist teachings of society, to find the sources and reasons behind prejudice. DVD 8289

The Longest Hatred.
Drawing on interviews with Semites and anti-Semites, as well as prominent scholars in Europe, America and theMiddle East, this program traces anti-Semitism from its earliest manifestations in antiquity to the recent ominous outbreaks in Germany, Russia, and elsewhere. 150 min. Video/C 3615:1&2

Marquette Park
Footage taken by independent filmmakers Tom Palazollo and Mark Rance of American Nazi party rallies, police clashes, and mobs. The three film clips, presented without commentary, show the Nazis' attempts during the late 1970's to hold outdoor rallies and marches in and around the Marquette Park area of Chicago, Illinois, in favor of "white power". Also shown are the Nazis' attempts to prevent a march and rally by Blacks and Jews opposing them. Produced by Tom Palazzolo and Mark Rance. 62 min. DVD X4202

Nazi America: A Secret History
After Germany's defeat in WWII exposed the horrors of the Nazi regime, Nazism in America became a threat that could no longer be ignored. Traces the story behind the American Nazi Party and the many neo-Nazi parties which are still active in the U.S. today. Interviews with party members reveal why these groups continue to embrace a cause that has been universally reviled and rejected, while law enforcement officers discuss the spread of racially motivated crime in America. Originally broadcast on the History Channel in 1999. 100 min. DVD X4779

Not in Our Town
Documentary about the people of Billings, Montana who joined together to stand up for Native American, Afro-American and Jewish neighbors who were under attack by white supremacists. In response to a series of hate crimes, the community moved into action. 30 min. Video/C 4362

The People v. Leo Frank
Directed by Ben Loeterman. Cast: Will Janowitz, Seth Gilliam, Steve Coulter. This dramatized documentary drawn verbatim from transcipts, examines the story of Leo Frank, the only known Jew to be lynched in the United States and whose 1915 lynching by an anti-Semitic mob in Georgia led to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. 2009. 82 min. DVD X2300
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Protocols of Zion
Examines the rise of anti-Semitism in America after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Despite overwhelming evidence, millions round the world continue to blame the Jews for 9/11. This belief is a modern-day incarnation of the infamous "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the century-old forgery that some people claimed to be the Jews' master plan to rule the world. Filmmaker Marc Levin sets out to understand why this racist tract has been revived, finding himself delving into the heart of hate, facing those who would traffic in bigotry, in the name of God. Directed by Marc Levin. 2005. 65 min. DVD 5783

The Psychology of Neo-nazism: Another Journey by Train to Auschwitz
Follows four young neo-Nazis as they travel across Europe discussing their beliefs, their love of Hitler and their disbelief in the Holocaust. When they are invited by a Holocaust survivor to visit Auschwitz, they argue for seven uncut minutes about the Holocaust and then finally walk away, while the camera visits the crematorium. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 7528

Sister Rose's Passion
Chronicles the life story of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life's work. Sister Rose's activities had a direct bearing on the historic Vatican II Council, reforming the Church's position on Jews and Judaism. Produced and directed by Oren Jacoby. 2004. 88 min. DVD 6005

Skinheads USA: The Pathology of Hate : Soldiers of the Race War.
A close-up look at white-supremacist skinhead hate groups active in the United States. Covers an actual neo-Nazi skinhead organization's day-to-day activities at its headquarters, white power rallies and recruitment drives, and visits a prison where four skinheads are jailed for the murder of a black man. Film powerfully captures firsthand the distorted idealism and openly racist objectives of the neo-Nazi youth movement. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1996. 54 min. Video/C 4998

The Wave.
Based on the experience of a high-school history class in April, 1967, in Palo Alto, Calif. Explores what happened when a teacher started a Nazi-like movement called The Wave in his history class to show the students the development of attitudes such as those that allowed Germans to deny responsibility for genocide under the Nazis. Notes: Based on a short story by Ron Jones. A broadcast of the program ABC theater for young Americans, October 4, 1981 by ABC. 46 min. Video/C MM257

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The 81st Blow
Historical documentary made up of footage and stills shot by the Nazis. A compilation of testimony from witnesses who appeared at the Eichmann trial provides a telling narrative. A film by Ghetto Fighters' House ; produced on the basis of documentary material by Jacques Ehrlich, David Bergman, Hiam Gouri. 1987. DVD X2504

After Auschwitz: Battle for the Holocaust
Why exactly does the Holocaust loom so large in our consciousness? To what political purposes has this memory been put? Filmed in the U.S., Europe and Israel, this controversial documentary charts the evolution of our idea of the Holocaust, from 1945 to the present, critically examines the international campaign for restitution, ponders the relationship between the Holocaust and the contemporary politics of the Middle East and challenges conventional historical viewpoints. Produced and directed by Paul Yule. Dist.: Cinema Guild. c2001. 50 min. Video/C 8927

All Jews Out!
This film traces the story of the German-Jewish Auerbach family of Goppingen, Germany from 1933 through 1945. The film begins with home movies in the 1930s and follows Inge Auerbach from her hometown to her deportation to Theresienstadt, where she suffered for 3 1/2 years and was among the 100 children who survived. Rare footage is accompanied by on-camera interviews of Inge and her mother on a return visit to their town, and to Theresienstadt. Interviews with former Nazi Party members, townspeople and the switchboard operator from Theresienstadt are conducted by German high school students and exposes German citizens who attempt to deny and conceal their involvement in the Holocaust. Director, Emanuel Rund. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1990. 83 min. DVD X6946

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference. (American Experience; 607)
Uses interviews, official photos, home movies, and archival footage to explore the factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust and asks the question "Why didn't America do more?" Looks at America's inaction through the experiences of a Jewish refugee trying to save his parents, and through documented evidence of official policy of the U.S. government. Written, produced, and directed by Martin Ostrow. Originally broadcast in 1994 as an episode of The American experience. 87 min. DVD X2944; vhs Video/C 3707

Bound for Nowhere
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Anne Frank: The Last Seven Months (de laatste 7 maanden)
A documentary that tells the story of Anne Frank during the last seven months of her life (August 1944 to March 1945) in the concentration camps of Westerbork, Auschwitz, and Bergen Belsen as told by 8 women who knew she and Margot. This includes Hanna Pick-Goslar (Lies Goosens in the diary) who was Anne's childhood friend and who met up with her at Belsen 2 months before she died. It also includes Janny Brandes-Brilslijper who is believed to be one of the last people to see Anne and Margot alive, and her sister. Another was a schoolmate of Margot. Written, produced, and directed by Willy Lindwer. Originally produced for television in 1988. 73 min. DVD 7908

Wertheim, David. "Remediation as a Moral Obligation: Authenticity, Memory, and Morality in Representations of Anne Frank." In: Mediation, remediation, and the dynamics of cultural memory / edited by Astrid Erll, Ann Rigney ; in collaboration with Laura Basu and Paulus Bijl. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks P94 .M3628 2009)

Anne Frank Remembered.
Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, extracts from The diary of Anne Frank, read by Glenn Close. This film includes interviews with Anne Frank's surviving family, friends and her heroic protector, Miep Gies and features vintage newsreels, photographs and even a rare home movie to look beyond the celebrated pages of Anne's diary. 117 min. DVD 7343; vhs Video/C 4554


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Wertheim, David. "Remediation as a Moral Obligation: Authenticity, Memory, and Morality in Representations of Anne Frank." In: Mediation, remediation, and the dynamics of cultural memory / edited by Astrid Erll, Ann Rigney ; in collaboration with Laura Basu and Paulus Bijl. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks P94 .M3628 2009)

An Appeal to the Jews of the World
This Soviet newsreel from Aug. 30, 1941 shows the participants in a radio broadcast in which leading Russian Jewish intellectuals and artists spoke to Jews, exhorting them to support the Soviet Union in its fight against fascism. This meeting of Jewish leaders and the broadcast led to the formation of the Jewish Antifascist Committee in 1942. 8 min. DVD X6945; Video/C 6626

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (De schuilplaats van Anne Frank)(USA, TV, 1988)
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Wertheim, David. "Remediation as a Moral Obligation: Authenticity, Memory, and Morality in Representations of Anne Frank." In: Mediation, remediation, and the dynamics of cultural memory / edited by Astrid Erll, Ann Rigney ; in collaboration with Laura Basu and Paulus Bijl. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks P94 .M3628 2009)

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is 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. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key moments, and their testimony. Directors, Dominic Sutherland, Martina Balazova. Written and produced by Laurence Rees. 2005. 300 min. DVD 3824

Storeide , Anette H. "Which narrative of Auschwitz? A narrative analysis of Laurence Rees's documentary Auschwitz: the Nazis and "the final solution"." In: After testimony : the ethics and aesthetics of Holocaust narrative for the future / edited by Jakob Lothe, Susan Rubin Suleiman, and James Phelan. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN56.H55 A37 2012)

Banking on Hitler
Swiss banks are accused of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II, but U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, who began investigating this collaboration also found that both British and American bankers continued to do business with Hitler, even as Germany was invading Europe and bombing London. This investigative film shows in detail the roles played by the Anglo-German banking clique. Key members of the Bank of England together with their German counterparts established the BIS, the Bank for International Settlements, which laundered the plundered gold of Europe, while other banks froze the accounts of French Jews depriving them of the money to escape. Written, produced and directed by Paul Elston. 1998. 49 min. Video/C 7540

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The horrifically efficient Nazi death camp, Bełżec, was in operation for less than one year, but witnessed the murder of at least 600,000 Jews. Once the Soviet counterattacks began, the S.S. eliminated all traces of the camp, and the name Bełżec faded from the collective conscience. Conceived of by executive producer Claude Lanzman as the last chapter to his epic Shoah, helmer Guillaume Moscovitz has created a chilling account that's as much about remembrance as it is about the past. A film by Guillaume Moscovitz. 2010. 100 min. DVD X4722

A Bibo Reader.
A film by Péter Forgács;. Presents a found footage essay featuring home movies and photographs of the philosopher Istvan Bibo, who served time in prison for supplying Jews with fake documents during the Holocaust and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The sensitive rendering of Bibo's social and historical analysis, the meditative texts and images pace the piece from one contemplative state to the next. 2001. DVD 3210

The Bishop's Garden
A film by Péter Forgács;. Presents a found footage essay on the Calvinist church bishop László Ravasz. As the first Bishop of the Calvinist Church in Hungary he was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from 1927, and later of the Royal Gubernatorial Council, but the great orator has lived for many years in exile, since 1950 when Communist dictator Rakosi silenced him. Between 1921 and 1948 as one of Hungary's most influential clergymen, his archconservative personality and controversial ambivalence toward Jews left its mark on the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Now he walks in his garden amongst the strands of his memories.... 2002. 57 min. DVD 3211

Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
Narrates the remarkable journey of Hannah Senesh, a young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper and resistance fighter. Told through Hannah's letters, diaries, poems, and the recollections of those who knew her, the film traces Hannah's life from childhood in Palestine to her daring WWII mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Directed by Roberta Grossman. 2008. 85 min. DVD X6092

Bound for Nowhere
In 1939 over 900 Jews boarded the St. Louis, on their way from Nazi Germany to Cuba. When Cuba refused to allow the passengers to land, the ship sailed to the Miami area, where the U.S. government also barred their entrance. The refugees sailed back to Europe, where most ended up in countries that were subsequently occupied by Germany. Originally produced in August 1939; reissue by National Center for Jewish Film c1989. 9 min. DVD X6947

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
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Broken Silence
Algunos que vivieron = Some who lived / directed by Luis Puenzo (57 min.) -- A Holocaust szemei = Eyes of the Holocaust / written & directed by Janos Szasz (57 min.) -- Deti iz bezdny = Children from the Abyss / written and directed by Pavel Chukhraj (56 min.) -- Pamietam = I remember / director, Andrzej Wajda (58 min.) -- Peklo na Zemi = Hell on Earth / written and directed by Vojtech Jasny (57 min.) Some who lived: Weaves together testimonies of Holocaust survivors now living in Argentina and Uruguay with archival and contemporary footage; it draw parallels between the Nazi regime and the government of Argentinean president, Juan Peron. Eyes of the Holocaust: Survivors describe the slow erosion of their lives followed by panic when the Nazis took over and attempted to liquidate the Hungarian Jewish population. Children from the abyss: Illustrates the horror of the Nazi invasion of Russia, with the mass killings conducted by the Einsatzgruppen after the Wehrmacht had moved further into the country; uses testimonies of survivors who were children at the time of the atrocities. I remember: Juxtaposes the testimonies of four Polish Holocaust survivors with images of young people taking part in the annual March of the Years in the extermination camp at Auschwitz. Hell on Earth: Tells of the inhabitants of the "model" ghetto at Theresienstadt, which was set up by the Nazis to deceive the world about how they treated Jews. Originally produced in 2002. 285 min. DVD 6251

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The Children of Chabannes.
During World War II many Jewish children were sent out of occupied countries in search of safety. Chabannes, France housed about 400 such refugees in a local chateau used as a school. This documentary presents the accounts of some of the students, teachers and townspeople of the efforts to protect the children in 1942 when the war came to Chabannes. Directed and edited by Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell. c2005. 93 min. DVD 4395

Children of the Night.
A heart-wrenching visually arresting documentary spotlighting dozens of the children of the holocaust through photos, silent film footage and lyrical commentary by author Marion Wiesel. Director, Jolanta Dylewska. 1999. 18 min. DVD 6527

Children Remember the Holocaust.
Examines the plight of Jewish children during the Holocaust as revealed through their diaries. Director, Mark Gordon. 1996. 47 min. Video/C 5313

The Cross and the Star: Jews, Christians and the Holocaust
Finds disturbing echoes of anti-Semitism in the ... Gospel of St. John, the sermons of St. Augustine, the writings of Martin Luther and in the voices of the Crusaders and the Spanish Inquisitors--all of which may have helped the ideological seeds that developed into Nazism. Bonus short: A window into the camps; Inside the Reich: a photographic tour; director biography and filmography. 1997. 55 mim. DVD 7140

The Danube Exodus: Two Danube Stories Filmed by Captain Andrasovits
A film by Péter Forgács. Found footage pioneer Péter Forgács combines music, newsreel images and narration from private diaries with extraordinary footage taken by the captain of a Danube cruise ship between 1938 and 1945. An intimate gripping journey into the world of refugees displace by war, Captain Andrasovits filmed Slovakian Jews desperate to escape the coming conflagration, travelling by way of the Danube River to the Black Sea and beyond, to Palestine. As the war continues he begins to ferry other refugees: Bessarabian Germans expelled by the Russians in 1940. Their evacuation and resettlement in Poland as WWII progresses is a haunting counterpoint to the fate of the Jewish refugees. 1998. 60 min. DVD 3213

Daring to Resist.
A documentary of three Jewish teenage girls, Barbara Rodbell, Shulamit Lack, and Faye Schulman living in occupied Holland, Hungary and Poland, who refused to remain passive as the Nazis rounded up local Jewish populations. Each girl found a way of fighting back: as a ballet dancer shuttling Jews to safe houses and distributing resistance newspapers; as a photographer and partisan waging guerrilla war against the Germans; and as a leader in an underground Zionist group smuggling Jews across the border. Produced and directed by Barbara Attie and Martha Goell Lubell. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 7181

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David Sassoon: The Great Philanthropist.
A film depicting the life and work of David Sassoon, the Jewish merchant who adopted India as his homeland in the first half of the nineteenth century, whose keen business sense earned his family the distinction of being known as "The Rothchilds of the East." PAL format. 199-? 19 min. Video/C 7116

A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip In Hell.
In 1941 a Wehrmacht Sergeant celebrated his 43rd birthday by illegally photographing inside the Warsaw Ghetto. The photographs were hidden for over forty years, until he knew he was dying. The filmmaker has done a masterful job in combining the pictures with readings from ghetto diaries, Yiddish songs, and klezmer music. A film by Jack Kuper. 30 min. Video/C 2961

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A Day in Warsaw
Originally produced as a motion picture by Sektor Films, Warsaw, Poland, 1938. Restored version copyrighted in 1990. A documentary portrayal of Warsaw, Poland in 1938, emphasizing the buildings, institutions and neighborhoods associated with the 400,000 Jews living in Warsaw at that time. In Yiddish with English subtitles. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 10 min. DVD X2364; vhs Video/C MM1010

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Death Mills (Todesmuehlen)
Produced by the U.S. Office of War Information. Originally made with a German soundtrack for screening in occupied Germany and Austria, this film was the first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi extermination camps: the survivors, the conditions, and the evidence of mass murder. Director, Hanus Burger; edited by Billy Wilder. Originally produced in 1945. 22 min. DVD 8158; also included as supplement on DVD X5412

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Bathrick, David. "Billy Wilder's Cold War Berlin." New German Critique; Summer2010, Issue 110, p31-47, 17p UC users only
Gladstone, Kay. "Separate Intentions: The Allied Screening of Concentration Camp Documentaries in Defeated Germany in 1945-46: Death Mills and Memory of the Camps." In: Holocaust and the moving image : representations in film and television since 1933 / edited by Toby London ; New York : Wallflower, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H53 H65 2005)

A Different World, Poland's Jews, 1919-1943 (Struggles for Poland; 3).
Documents through archival films, stills, interviews and readings the once flourishing and dynamic community of Polish Jews, and the events leading up to the Holocaust. Focuses on ghetto leaders, the Treaty for Protection of Minority Rights and the rise of European facism. 58 min. Video/C 1247:3 pt. 3

Dusi and Jenot.
A film by Péter Forgács. Originally shot between 1936 and 1966 by Jeno, a banker living in Budapest, the film shootings are of he and his wife and dog but it also presents the City of Budapest itself, in snow, fog and rain, with photography of sensual accuracy. In the midst of this peaceful landscape, Nazi troops, bombardments, flechees Crosses, and Jewish work camps cross the images of Jeno. This film is a poem, which sets up a breathtaking memorial to the vanishing representatives of the Hungarian middle class. 1989. 45 min. DVD 3202

A silent film showing scenes of handicapped children and young adults in a detention facility in Germany in the 1940s. 25 min. DVD X6773; Video/C 6929

Estranged Passengers: In Search of Viktor Ullmann (Fremde passagiere; Passagers etrangers).
This Austrian documentary traces the fate of Austrian-Czech composer Viktor Ullmann, who in 1942 was deported from Prague to the concentration camp of Terezin (Theresienstadt). There, as a member of the so-called "Leisure Organization," he organized and reviewed concerts, gave lectures, played piano, and composed and conducted 23 works in 25 months, until his death in Auschwitz in October 1944. The documentary also delves into the story of two of Ullmann's children who were saved through Nicolas Winton's scheme for transporting children from occupied Prague to London. While they survived physically, both children experienced serious psychological distress. A film by Wolfgang Beyer und Eva Marginter. 2003. 80 min. DVD 3551

The Fuehrer Gives a City to the Jews
Ghetto Theresienstadt: Deception and Reality

Everything's for You.
Using interviews, archival footage, stills, animation and computer graphics, the filmmaker creates an emotionally powerful portrait of his relationship with his father, Chaim R. Ravett, a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. Produced, directed, filmed and edited by Abraham Ravett. 58 min. Video/C 4349

The Eternal Jew (Der Ewige Jude) (1940)
Directed by Fritz Hippler. Notorious anti-semetic film propaganda film. 999:295 (also included in German Propaganda Films DVD 3854; also VHS Video/C 1351)
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Fading Traces: Postscripts from a Landscape of Memory
The western Ukraine was once home to the largest Jewish community that ever existed. Five million Jews living there had a rich culture, with extensive music and a thriving Yiddish theater. All this disappeared with the German invasion of Russia in 1941 and the tragic events of the Holocaust. This documentary artfully weaves the words of writers such as Rose Auslander, Isaak Babel, Martin Buber and David Kahane with the memories of those still living to recreate the culture of Ukrainian Jews. Directed by Walo Deuber. (1998?) 79 min. Video/C 7938

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Fighting Back (Our Century. 1939-1945, Lost Paradise)
Footage pertaining to the Jewish holocaust, American liberation of France, concentration camp survivors, and the invention of atomic bomb. Part of a ten-part series that surveys historical events of the 20th century using Gaumont British newsreel footage. Covers major advances, trends, and tragedies, from political upheavals and passing social crazes to the role of technology, and examines their impacts on the future. This segment documents events from 1939-1945. World War II instigates 6 years of violence, massacres and devastation. In many countries everyday life is reduced to hunger, escape and survival. Footage focuses primarily on the homefront and the resiliency and creativity of the citizens of Europe, Russia and the U.S. in meeting the challenges and heartbreaks of war. DVD X1252

A Film Unfinished
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented here is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites. Contents: Lost history -- Jewish Council -- "I might see my mother" -- Flowers, furniture, teapot -- Auerswald's reports -- Willy Wist, cameraman -- Garbage and lipstick -- Waiting to die -- Smuggling -- Underground Jewish archive -- Surprising discovery -- Dinner and theater -- "A Jew film" -- Death -- Ghetto in color -- "Today I can cry" -- Faces. Written and directed by Yael Hersonski. Special features: Death Mills (1945, 22 min.; directed by Billy Wilder; new telecine made from archival 16mm elements) ; Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood (ca. 15 min.) ; scholar Michael Berenbaum on A Film Unfinished (ca. 4 min.) 2010. 90 min. DVD X5412


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Final Solution. (World at War)
Reveals how Hitler carried out the systematic extermination of millions of Jews in German death camps during World War II. Extensive use is made of period photos and shocking film footage, some filmed by the Germans themselves. Also featured are moving, personal stories, told by death camp survivors and in-depth interviews with former German participants. Part of the World at War series. 1975. DVD 2740

Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Tells the story of a shocking act of forgiveness by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor and the firestorm of criticism it has provoked. Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were victims of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's cruel genetic experiments--an experience that would haunt them their entire lives. We follow Eva's metamorphosis from embittered survivor to tireless advocate for reconciliation. This unexpected transformation was sparked when Eva, in an attempt to get information about the experiments, met with another former Auschwitz doctor. Eva's ideas about justice, revenge and the possibility of healing through forgiveness--as well as the passionate opposition from other survivors--become a window to a larger discussion of the many ways people define forgiveness. Directed by Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh. 2005. 80 min. DVD 7864

Free Fall
A film by Péter Forgács. Beginning in 1938 through home movies taken by musician and businessman Gyorgy Peto, shows how this Hungarian Jewish family from the city of Szeged, suppressed the fearful signs of threatening evidences of forthcoming massacre. As the illusions of this Jewish Hungarian family are eroded step-by-step, their happy, banal moments are framed against a recitation of anti-Jewish laws in Hungary during the Nazi era and descriptions of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. 1996. 75 min. DVD 3207 [See also: Class Lot]

From Dust and Ashes: Survivors, Scholars, and Clergy Confront the Holocaust.
Program based on the 1982 Kent State University conference concerning the Holocaust. Most of the speakers are camp survivors. Stills and film of the Nazi concentration camps are also shown. Director, Jim Spear. 1982. 59 min. Video/C 532

The Fuehrer Gives a City to the Jews (Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt)
This is the only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. This insidious propaganda film was produced in 1944 in Theresienstadt, the "model" ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin, a town in the former Czechoslovakia. Goebbels intended to use the film to prove to the International Red Cross and the world that Jews were being well-treated in the camps. The film is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life. Upon completion, the director and most of the cast of prisoners were shipped to Auschwitz. Only a few survived to attest to the falsity of the film. Includes a filmed segment from a performance by prisoners of Terezin of Hans Krasa's children's opera Brundibar. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1944. 26 min. DVD 5896; vhs Video/C 6682

Ghetto Theresienstadt: Deception and Reality

Dramatizations about Theresienstadt and the Terezin Ghetto:

Distant Journy(Daleká cesta) (Czechoslovakia, 1949) DVD 4133
Transport From Paradise (Transport z raje) (Czechoslovakia, 1963) vhs 999:2392
The Last Butterfly (Poslední motýl) (Czechoslovakia / France / UK, 1991) DVD X4915; vhs 999:3513

Graphically presents the story of the Holocaust and the millions of men, women and children who fell victim to Hitler's Final Solution, depicting the events through newsfilms, still photos and the personal reminiscences of survivors. Simon Wiesenthal Center of the Yeshiva University of Los Angeles; produced by Arnold Schwartzman, Marvin Hier; directed by Arnold Schwartzman; written by Martin Gilbert & Marvin Hier; screenplay by Arnold Schwartzman. 1981. 83 min. DVD X6884; Video/C 9350

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Genocide, 1941-1945 (World at War; 20).
A documentary beginning in 1933 when Heinrich Himmler was already Reichsfuhrer of the SS and starting his plan of recreating an Aryan Germany which lead to the formation of the death camps and the ordering of massive extermination of Jews and other "enemies of the state." 52 min. DVD 2738; vhs Video/C 1621

Genocide in the First Half of the 20th Century
State-sanctioned violence has always existed, but technological advances have facilitated its use as a viable means of exerting political power. This program ... focuses on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, Stalin's forced Ukrainian famine, the Japanese Rape of Nanking, and the Holocaust. A host of survivors, experts, and scholars are interviewed. Dist: Films Media Group. 2001. 57 min. DVD 4485

Genocide: The Ultimate Terrorism
Discusses a comparative depiction of mass killings and genocide in the twentieth century. Several studies of mass terror are documented including the Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres, Cambodia and the famine in Ethiopia. Identifies the catalysts, ideologies, instruments, political and social consequences, and the patterns of denial associated with each instance of mass murder. Dist.: Ambrose Video. 1996. 46 min. Video/C MM1089

Goodbye Holland: The Destruction of Dutch Jewry
A documentary examining the indifference of the majority of the Dutch population during WWII, when 80% of the Jewish population was deported and killed -- the highest percentage in western Europe. The filmmaker concentrates on the exceptional story of his own family in the city of Groningen, in which his parents were saved by Dutch gentiles, while his aunt and uncle were betrayed by their fellow citizens and killed in Auschwitz. Also considered is the period following the war, when the surviving Dutch Jews returned to find that they faced continued anti-Semitism. Written and directed by Willy Lindwer. c2004. 90 min. DVD X62

Half Sister
At 26, filmmaker Abraham Ravett learned that his mother had previously been married and lost her family at Auschwitz, including his half-sister, Toncia, who was killed when she was 6 years old. At 36, Ravett saw a photograph of his half-sister for the first time. Half Sister is a cinematic amalgam of memory and imagination, inspired by Ravett's conception of a life that could have been. Originally produced in 1985. Archival footage shot by Nazi cameramen in the Warsaw Ghetto. Directed by Abraham Ravett. 22 min. Video/C MM1069

Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust
A Jewish father takes his ultra-orthodox sons to Poland to find the Christian farmers who hid and saved their family during World War II, hoping to teach his sons about tolerance, trust and to recognize the potential decency of all people. Written, directed and produced by Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky. 2004. 85 min. DVD 8538

Social critic and author of "In dark places," Susan Sontag, explores the meaning of Hitler's genocide with a group of present day students. This powerful document is followed and complemented by three gripping short films which probe and elaborate on the same theme. 199? 84 min. Video/C 6851

BBC television program, 1985. Introduction: Simon Wiesenthal

The Yellow Star.
A German documentary film on the rise of national socialism and the Jewish holocaust nominated for an Academy Award in 1980. "Most who survived the camps are no longer alive and meanwhile, half of the worlds population has been born since the war. It's important that we who survive inform people who are too young to know the past from personal knowledge ... The murder of 6 million Jews must never be reduced to a statistic." Directed by Dieter Hildebrandt. 1980. 84 min. DVD X1220

The Liberation of Auschwitz
This chilling, vitally important documentary was produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The film contains unedited, previously unavailable film footage of Auschwitz shot by the Soviet military forces between January 27 and February 28, 1945 and includes an interview with Alexander Voronsov, the cameraman who shot the footage. 54 min. DVD X1221

The Liberation of Majdanek
A historical account of the construction and operation of the concentration camps Ravensbruck and Buchenwald providing historical film footage of the Jewish Holocaust 61 min. DVD X1222

Ghetto Theresienstadt: Deception and Reality
Takes a look at the 'show' camp at Theresienstadt where Nazis could deceive the outside world as to what was really happening to the Jews of Europe, as well as the prisoners themselves. The Jews were led to believe it was an "end camp," but in reality it was a transition to the death camps in the East for thousands of Czech, German, Austrian and Dutch Jews. Presented as a segment on the television program "Holocaust." Directed by Irmgard von zur Mühlen. 72 min. DVD X1223

The Fuehrer Gives a City to the Jews

Concentration Camps Buchenwald & Ravensbruck
A historical account of the construction and operation of the concentration camps Ravensbruck and Buchenwald providing historical film footage of the Jewish Holocaust. 63 min. DVD X1224

Concentration Camps Dachau and Sachsenhausen
Uses historical footage and contemporary interviews with concentration camp survivors to recount the construction and operation of the German concentration camps Dachau and Sachsenhausen. 58 min. DVD X1225

Holocaust, Liberation of Auschwitz: A Documentary.
Actual film footage, taken by Soviet photographer Alexander Woronzow, during the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz; includes an interview with Woronzow. 19 min. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 3224

Holocaust: The Last Survivors
Anchored on-site from the Dachau concentration camp, this film visits with several survivors of the Holocaust who are attempting to keep their stories alive to inform future generations. Produced in 1993 as a special edition of the television program Focus on Europe. Directed by Dieter Zehner. 30 min. Video/C 7721

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie.
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. Directed by Marcel Ophuls. 1988. 267 min. DVD X5564; vhs Video/C 1558


Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features
Cannes Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary

Human Remains
A haunting documentary which illustrates the banality of evil by creating intimate portraits of five of this century's most reviled dictators, presenting "intimate and mundane details" from the private lives of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco and Mao Tse-tung. There is no mention of their public lives but the horrors for which these men were responsible hovers over the film inviting the viewer to confront the nature of evil. A film by Jay Rosenblatt, 1998. 30 min. DVD X4496; Video/C 7393

Butchart, Garnet C. "On the Void: The Fascinating Object of Evil in Human Remains." In: The changing face of evil in film and television / edited by Martin F. Norden. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2007. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.C43 2007)

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
This documentary examines how American filmmakers reacted to German scapegoating of Jews before, during, and after the war, ranging from the boldness of Confessions of a Nazi Spy and The Mortal Storm (both of which were produced before America entered the war) to more oblique statements during the war itself, and then finally leading to an honest portrayal of the full consequences of the Holocaust beginning in the '50s. This film interweaves clips from Holocaust movies and interviews with film producers and directors and survivors who work in the film industry. Directed by Daniel Anker. 2004. 90 min. DVD 5041

In Memory
The film opens with a blank screen, while a cantor chants "Kel Maleh Rachamim," a plea to God to let the souls of those "slaughtered and burned" find peace. The voice stops, and archival footage of the Lodz ghetto during World War II appears silently on the screen. The screen goes blank, the cantor sings, and the words of his memorial appear in white. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. Directed by Abraham Ravett. 1993. 13 min. Video/C MM1068

In the Name of the Führer
Presents World War II European war footage juxtaposed with words from Nazi publications, laws, announcements, directives, proclamations, war books, notices, school books and political documents that show the indoctrination of German children and the treatment of those children deemed non-Aryan. A film by Lydia Chagoll. Also presented in a 52 min. version titled "Children behind barbed wire" [DVD X1247] Dist.: Ciné Fête. 2008. DVD X1188

In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine
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' participation in sterilization and euthanasia, the selections at the death camps, as well as inhuman and unethical human experimentation. Produced, directed & written by John J. Michalczyk. 1997. 54 mim. DVD 7140

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
A documentary on the Kindertransport rescue operation in which 10,000 Jewish children were saved from Hitler's grasp and placed with foster parents and hostels in Great Britain at the outbreak of World War II. Includes archival footage and decades-later remembrances of both the rescuers and the rescued. Special features: two feature-length commentaries by the filmmakers, with bonus video segments branching from the track; bonus interviews with Lord Richard Attenborough and other Kindertransport participants; coverage of the London and Berlin premieres featuring HRH Prince Charles and Chancellor Gerhard Schroder; historical artifacts and memorabilia from the Kinder photo gallery; Kinder, parent and rescuer profiles; original theatrical trailer; filmmaker career highlights. Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris. 2000. 118 min. DVD 1042

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features
American Library Association Video Rountable Notable Videos for Adults

My Knees were Jumping

Het korte leven van Anne Frank (The Brief Life of Anne Frank)
A documentary of the life of Anne Frank told against the background of Nazi-Germany, the Holocaust and the Second World War. Includes quotes from her diary, historical photographs and archive film, and the only found film recording of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, 1941. Directed by Gerrit Netten. Original Dutch version without subtitles. Originally produced for television in 2001. 28 min. DVD 5360

Wertheim, David. "Remediation as a Moral Obligation: Authenticity, Memory, and Morality in Representations of Anne Frank." In: Mediation, remediation, and the dynamics of cultural memory / edited by Astrid Erll, Ann Rigney ; in collaboration with Laura Basu and Paulus Bijl. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks P94 .M3628 2009)

I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust
Brings to life the diaries of young people who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Through an emotional montage of sound and image, the film salutes this group of brave, young writers who refused to quietly disappear. The stories of the young Holocaust victims come to life by weaving together personal photos, handwritten pages and drawings from the diaries, and archival films. Original footage shot in Vilnius, Lithuania, in the remnants of the old Jewish ghetto. Narrated by John Morris ; introduction by Zach Braff ; diaries read by Elijah Wood, Amber Tamblyn, Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Brittany Murphy. Director, Lauren Lazin. 2008. 48 min. DVD X4966

Kristallnacht: The Journey From 1938 to 1988
Eric Sevareid hosts this 50th anniversary look at the 2 day attack by the Nazis on the Jews and synagogues in Germany and Austria which signalled the beginning of the Holocaust. Examines the struggles of Jews who live in Berlin and Vienna today, and records the efforts of people in Germany and Austria to come to terms with their pasts. 58 min. Video/C 3063

The Night of Broken Glass

The Last Days.
An award winning documentary which traces the compelling experiences of five Hungarian holocaust survivors. Including newly-discovered historical footage and a rare interview with a former Nazi doctor at Auschwitz, the film tells the remarkable story of a grandmother, a teacher, a businessman, an artist and a U.S. Congressman, as they return from the U.S. to their hometowns and to the ghettos and concentration camps in which they were imprisoned. A film by James Moll. 1998. 87 min. DVD 2132; also on VHS Video/C 6458

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

Presents the dramatic story of two very different battlefronts during WWII -- the Allied campaign to liberate Europe, and Hitler's genocidal war against the Jews. Using archival footage, contemporary radio broadcasts and enthralling first-person accounts, Liberation recreates the heady atmosphere of Europe emerging from Nazi domination -- in stark contrast to the horrific final days of the Final Solution. Performer: Narrated by Whoppi Goldberg, Miriam Margolyes, Jean Boht, Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart. Dist.: Simon Wiesenthal Center. 2004. 100 min. DVD 3081

The Liberation of KZ Dachau: A Documentary
On April 29, 1945, American forces liberated the concentration camp at Dachau. This documentary chronicles the personal accounts of the soldiers who first entered the concentration camp through present-day interviews with veterans, interspersed with footage of what they found in the camp. A film by James Kent Strong. c1990. 95 min. Video/C 8112

Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II.
Tells the unknown story of African-American battalions, focusing on the heroic actions of the 761st, which spearheaded General Patton's Third Army and helped liberate the concentration camps at Buchenwald, Dachau and Lambach. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 90 min. Video/C 2849

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. A film by Shahar Rozen. 1999. 53 min. Video/C MM1144

Łódź Ghetto
Chronicles the Nazi persecution of the Jews of Łódź from German occupation beginning on September 8, 1939 to liberation by the Russians on January 17, 1945. Focuses on the forcible move of Jews into the ghetto, the harsh conditions within, deportation to Auschwitz, and the survival of the few Jews who remained behind and hid in the ghetto. Depicts the ghetto's Nazi-appointed Jewish leader, Mordecai Hayim Rumkowski. Utilizes historical film footage and still photographs, some contemporary footage, and narration from historical diaries and monographs. Much of the historical material was made at great risk and left deliberately by the doomed community members. From diaries and monographs written in the Łódź ghetto by Oskar Rosenfeld, Oskar Singer, David Sierakowiak, Jozef Klementynowski, Irene Liebman and others and from The chronicle of the Łódź ghetto edited by Lucjan Dobroszycki (Main Stack DS135.P62.L627 1984;Moffitt DS135.P62.L627 1984) Directed by Kathryn Taverna and Alan Adelson. Originally televised on HBO in 1989. 102 min. DVD X4723; Video/C 8639

The Long Way Home.
Discusses the critical post World War II period between 1945 and 1948 and the plight of the tens of thousands of Jewish refugees who survived the Holocaust. The documentary looks at their attempts to get to the Jewish homeland (often illegally) and the formation of a Jewish state, Israel. Combining rare archival film and stills with new interviews, this film interweaves historical narrative with stories, anecdotes and recollections of Jewish refugees. Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris. 1997. 120 min. DVD X6597; vhs Video/C 4954

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

The Maelstrom: A Family Chronicle.
A film by Péter Forgács. Makes artful use of home movies shot in the Netherlands before and during WWII dealing with the extended Peereboom family. Information is conveyed through English subtitles and period sound, usually from radio broadcasts and a disturbing jazz score by Tibor Szemzo. What we see is a Jewish family first living unknowingly in the shadow of the Holocaust and then trying to cope with it still unaware of what it will finally mean. Shots of the family cheerfully sewing and doing preparations for a trip to a "work camp," when their destination is in reality Auschwitz, adds a devastating dimension to the understanding of Hitler's "final solution." 1997. 60 min. DVD 3215

Making Choices: the Dutch Resistance During World War II
Explores the dramatic wartime lives of four Dutch citizens who took a stand to protect Jews and resist the overwhelming power of the Nazis during World War II. Presents their stories of fear and courage, danger and faith as they put their lives on the line to do what they though was right. Examines what motivated them to risk everything to protect total strangers and the heavy price they paid for challenging the Nazis. Produced and directed by Robert Prince. 2005. 57 min. DVD X4203

The March
The filmmaker explores with his mother her recollections of the 1945 Death March from the Auschwitz concentration camp. Composed of a series of informal conversations with his mother over a thirteen-year-period, his desire to know is met with her urge to please yet her hesitations and the raw sound quality serve to suggest the pain and cost of remembering. A film by Abraham Ravett. 1999. 26 min. Video/C MM1070

Master Race, 1933.(The People's Century)
With a unique blend of nationalism, militarism, and racial theory, Adolf Hitler taught the German people to believe that they were the "master race". Stirred by the Fuhrer's rousing rhetoric during mass rallies, millions were swept along with the promise of national socialism. In this film Germans talk candidly about the initial allure of Nazism and German Jews recall their persecution and internment in concentration camps as Hitler's master race pursued its destiny--and descended to the greatest depths of barbarism. 56 min. Video/C 5548

Maus: A Survivor's Tale. (CD-ROM/Macintosh)
Presents Art Spiegelman's novel entitled Maus which describes the Holocaust experiences of his father, Vladek Spiegelman. Includes interviews with the Spiegelmans, audio and video commentary by Art Spiegelman, sketches and family photographs, and artwork by Art Spiegelman. Compu/D 318

Meanwhile Somewhere
A film by Péter Forgács. Consists entirely of archival footage of family home movies and celebrations filmed in Europe during WWII juxtaposed with the grimmer realities of the war, offering visible evidence of the private aspects of WWII. The increasing persecution of the Jews and footage of concentration camps are included. A recurring event is the public racist punishment of two young lovers, an 18-yr. old German boy and a Polish girl, who are bound and humiliated, their hair shaved off and burnt as a National Socialist performance lesson to the children of a German-Polish village. 1994. 52 min. DVD 3212

Bernard Laufer, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, takes a holiday from his shop in Toronto to join a pilgrimage of 30 concentration camp survivors to Bergen-Belsen, the infamous death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. National Film Board of Canada. 59 min. Video/C 4671

Memory of the Camps.
When allied troops invaded Germany and liberated Nazi death camps at the end of World War II, they found unspeakable horrors that still haunt the world's conscience. In 1945, British and American film crews accompanying the troops liberating the camps captured these atrocities firsthand. The resulting film directed in part by Alfred Hitchcock but never finished, was re-discovered in 1984 in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. Contains scenes from Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, Buchenwald, and other camps. Originally broadcast on the television program Frontline in 1989. 60 min. DVD 9228; vhs Video/C 3069

Gladstone, Kay. "Separate Intentions: The Allied Screening of Concentration Camp Documentaries in Defeated Germany in 1945-46: Death Mills and Memory of the Camps." In: Holocaust and the moving image : representations in film and television since 1933 / edited by Toby London ; New York : Wallflower, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H53 H65 2005)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Documentary about the engineer Fred Leuchter, a self-taught execution expert who consulted across the country to make capital punishment more humaine. He was later hired by revisionist historian Ernst Zundel to "prove" that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. Leuchter published a controversial report confirming Zundel's position, which ultimately ruined his own career. Includes interviews with various historians, associates and neighbors. Producer/director, Errol Morris. 2000. 92 min. DVD 221

Murray Avenue: A Community in Transition
Presents a close-up view of life on Murray Avenue in the traditional Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Pa. Reveals how generations of residents confronted the coldness of urban living and provides a glimpse of a life-style that might soon be lost. A film by Sheila Chamovitz. 1985. 28 min. Video/C 4710

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My Knees were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports
Filmmaker Melissa Hacker's mother was one of the over 10,000 children who were saved in the Kindertransport movement during the Holocaust. On the eve of World War II, as millions of Jews were seeking refuge from Nazi persecution, country after country turned its back--all except for Great Britain who opened its doors to an unspecified number of Jewish children in danger. As the children boarded trains taking them to a safe haven in London, their parents were left to embark on a different journey--one taking them to the concentration camps. Most of these children never saw their parents again. Producer, director, editor, Melissa Hacker. 1995. 77 min. DVD X3611

Into the Arms of Stranges

Nazi Concentration Camps
The official film record of the Nazi death camps as photographed by Allied forces advancing into Germany. Shows graphic footage of half-dead prisoners, victims of medical experiments, gas chambers, and open mass graves. Portions of the film were entered as evidence during the Nuremberg War Trials. Originally produced in 1945 as a motion picture by the U.S. Council for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality. Directed by George Stevens. 59 min. DVD 5802; also vhs Video/C 7236; also on Video/C MM469

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Douglas, Lawrence. "Film as witness: screening 'Nazi Concentration Camps' before the Nuremberg Tribunal." In: The memory of judgment : making law and history in the trials of the Holocaust / Lawrence Douglas. Douglas, Lawrence. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt KZ1174. .D68 2001)
Douglas, Lawrence. "The Shrunken Head of Buchenwald: Icons of Atrocity at Nuremberg." Representations, No. 63. (Summer, 1998), pp. 39-64. UC users only
Twist, Susan. "Evidence of Atrocities or Atrocious Use of Evidence: The Controversial Use of Atrocity Film at Nuremberg." Liverpool Law Review Volume 26, Number 3 / January, 2005

Nazi Designers of Death
Interviews with historians, including architectural theorist Robert Jan van Pelt, on the growing body of evidence found in architectural plans of the systematic designing and building of gas chambers by the German army at Auschwitz and Birkenau during World War II. The involvement of the Topf und Sohne firm and the SS Neubauleitung is particularily examined. Includes interviews with camp survivors. A segment from the television program: Nova. 1994. 55 min. Video/C 7332

Nazi Medicine
Nazi medicine 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' participation in sterilization and euthanasia, the selections at the death camps, as well as inhuman and unethical human experimentation. Bonus short: A window into the camps; Inside the Reich: a photographic tour; director biography and filmography. 1997. 54 min. DVD 7140

The Nazi Plan
Producer, Ben Schulberg. Documentary assembled from captured German newsreel and propaganda films produced to be presented as evidence at the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Goring and twenty other Nazi leaders. Originally produced in 1944. 180 min. DVD 3852

Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) (1955)
Credits: Producer, Edouard Muszka ; consultants, Olga Wormser, Henri Michel ; narrative, Jean Cayrol ; English version, Alexander Allan. Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, the film contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. DVD Special features: Excerpt from interview with Alan Resnais ; optional isolated music track ; new essay about the film by Phillip Lopate ; essay about composer Hanns Eisler by Russell Lack ; crew profiles written by film historian Peter Cowie. 32 min. DVD 1678; DVD 6:1:3; also on VHS Video/C 2251

The Night of Broken Glass: The November 1938 Pogroms
After seizing power, the Nazis began their crusade against Jews with discriminatory laws and the looting of property; they turned to violence openly in what has come to be known as Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass. In November of 1938, German soldiers set on fire some 400 synagogues and destroyed 7,000 Jewish stores and businesses. Through rare footage, photographs and documents, reveals the background to this orgy of anti-Semitic violence. 50 min. DVD X5525


One Survivor Remembers.
One Survivor Remembers, the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short. What makes One Survivor Remembers memorable is its storyteller... Gerda Weissman, a Polish-born Jew who lost her entire family to the Holocaust. With grace and dignity she eloquently describes her experiences during the war and her memories of her mother, father, and brother from whom she was forcibly separated. Gerda spent three years in slave labor camps along the Polish-German border. Her parents were deported to Auschwitz. During the war's final stages, the Nazi's forced Gerda and 2,000 other women on a three-month death march in the dead of winter. On the eve on her 21st birthday, Weissman and 150 others who survived this ordeal were liberated by an American infantry division. Among the American soldiers was Kurt Klein, a German-born Jew who had escaped to the United States. He later became Gerda's husband. Kurt's parents also died in concentration camps. One Survivor Remembers is a testement to courage and perseverence. It offers viewers a chilling sense of the terror and devastating tragedy endured by millions who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime, but One Survivor Remembers is also a story of hope. Now, over 50 years later, Gerda and Kurt Klein have chosen to tell their remarkable story. The documentary includes current and historical footage shot on location in Poland and the Czech republic. Today the couple lives in Arizona where they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren [from Newsworld] Originally released in 1995. Directed by Kary Antholis. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 39 min. DVD X3699; vhs Video/C 4918

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Out of the Ashes (1914-1945)(Heritage: Civilization & the Jews)
Eighth film of the series explores the universal meaning of the Holocaust, defining that tragedy as a tragedy for all civilized people. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:8

Partisans of Vilna.
Skillfully blends songs, newsreels, and archival footage with interviews of over forty Holocaust survivors to paint an eye-opening portrait of the courageous Jewish resistance who staged a sabotage offensive against the Nazis in the Polish city of Vilna. Special features: Filmmaker commentaries from director Josh Waletzky and producer Aviva Kempner; exclusive photo gallery; filmmaker biographies. Director, Josh Waletzky. 1986. 130 min. DVD 8257; vhs Video/C 5795

Smith, Ben. "Public memory and active recall in two Holocaust films; "Partisans of Vilna" (1986) and "Come and See" (1985)." Immigrants & Minorities 21,1-2 (2002) 89-107
Zeman, Scott C.; Samuels, Mark Chasins. ""The Truth of a Mad Man": Collective Memory and Representation of the Holocaust in The Partisans of Vilna (1986) and the Documentary Genre." Film & History, May2002, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p38-42, 5p UC users only

Partisans of Vilna: The Songs of World War II Jewish Resistance [sound recording]
S'iz geven a zumertog = It was a summer day / words, Rikle Glezer ; music, traditional (Alpert) -- Yisrolik / words, Leyb Rozenthal ; music, Misha Veksler (D.J. Waletzky) -- Unter dayne vayse shtern = Under your white stars / words, Abraham Sutzkever ; music, traditional ; arrangement, Josh Waletzky (Cooper) -- Yid, du partizaner = You Jewish partisan / words, Shmerke Kaczerginski ; music, traditional (J. Waletzky) -- Blayene platn = Lead printing plates / Abraham Sutzkever (Klepfisz) -- Itzik Vitnberg / words, Shmerke Kaczerginski ; music, traditional (Sapoznik) -- Shtiler, shtiler = Quiet, quiet / words, Shmerke Kaczerginski ; music, Alexander Volkoviski (Cooper) -- Zemlyanka = Dugout / words, Alexei Surkov ; music, Konstantin Listov (Alpert) -- (cont.): Tsu eyns, tsvey, dray = It's one, two, three / words, Leyb Rozenthal ; music, traditional ; arrangement, Pete Sokolow, Josh Waletzky (Sapoznik) -- Dos meydl fun vald = The girl from the forest / Abraham Sutkever (Klepfisz) -- Shtil di nakht = A quiet night / words, Hirsh Glik ; music, traditional (J. Waletzky) -- Zog nit keynmol = Never say / words, Hirsh Glik ; music, traditional ; arrangement, Pete Sokolow, Vladimir Heifetz (ensemble). David J. and Josh Waletzky, Adrienne Cooper, Irena Klepfisz, Michael Alpert, Henry Sapoznik, vocals and instruments. DVD 8257

The Perils of Indifference: Lessons Learned from a Violent Century
Nobel prize winner and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel speaks on violence in the 20th century and the perils of societal indifference relating to ethnic violence in the past, today and in the future. Tape of live broadcast of Seventh Millennium evening from the White House East Room on April 12, 1999. 113 min. Video/C 9698

In 1987, 400 color slides were found in a secondhand bookstore in Vienna. The photographs were taken, using pioneering color film, in the Lodz Ghetto by Walter Genewein, the Nazi's chief accountant for the notorious slave labor camp for Jews. The devastation wrought upon more than 300,000 Jews in the Ghetto presented in these color slides is juxtaposed with narration by a survivor of the Nazi atrocities, Dr. Arnold Mostowicz. Directed by Dariusz Jablonski. 2004. 76 min. DVD 3057

Pola's March.
Moving first person accounts of Jewish concentration camp survivors as they return after many years absence to their hometowns in Europe and Poland and tour concentration camps where Jews were confined and killed. A film by Jonathan Gruber. 1998. 65 min. Video/C 6810

Primo Levi's Journey
In the winter of 1945, Primo Levi, one of the century's greatest writers, was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp. With the war still underway, he embarked on a thousand-mile journey to his home in Turin, Italy-- a strange, beguiling odyssey memorialized in his book, 'The Reawakening'. Sixty years later, director Davide Ferrario set out to follow in Levi's footsteps. Retracing his historic trip, the film weaves a path through a modern Europe that has both changed and remained eerily the same-- from democratic rallies in the East to neo-Nazi demonstrations in the West. Produced and directed by Davide Ferrario. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 92 min. DVD X458

Prisoner of Paradise
The startling true story of Kurt Gerron, a beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920's and '30's who was captured and sent to a concentration camp where he was ordered to write pro-Nazi propaganda films. Directed by Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender. Directed by Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender. Originally broadcast on PBS in 2003. 100 min. DVD 3823

The Psychology of Neo-Nazism: Another Journey by Train to Auschwitz
Follows four young neo-Nazis as they travel across Europe discussing their beliefs, their love of Hitler and their disbelief in the Holocaust. When they are invited by a Holocaust survivor to visit Auschwitz, they argue for seven uncut minutes about the Holocaust and then finally walk away, while the camera visits the crematorium. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 7528

Rasse Mensch: jeder Mensch ein Mischling
A documentary showing the origins of defining and rating races in mankind and the portrayal of people from Christian-Jewish families who were called by the Nazis "Mixed breed." This visit to the so-called "scientific" roots of national socialism also contains interviews with Germans who recount how they were affected by these racial laws and visits the "Hall of the Races" in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna which was closed in 1997. VHS format (PAL). In German. 45 min. Video/C 8778

Report From Buchenwald.
The Third U.S. Army reached the Buchenwald Concentration Camp on April 11, 1945, liberating the remaining 21,000 inmates still alive within the camp. CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow arrived at Buchenwald the following day and surveyed the horrid scene the German SS had left behind. Three days later, he was able to broadcast this account to the world. His broadcast is still considered one of the most memorable and powerful radio transmissions in broadcasting history. [Talking History]

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A film by Harun Farocki. Archival footage shot at the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands for Jews waiting for transportation to "the East" during WWII. The film documents how well they were treated, but these positive images are constantly interrogated by the use of titles. The vision of camp inmates peacefully boarding trains is intercut with titles asking: "Do they know where they are going? Are they optimistic because, if they are being filmed, they can't be going anywhere bad?" None knew what Auschwitz was. 2007. 40 min. DVD 9987

Restless Conscience.
This documentary examines the activities of the anti-Nazi resistance within Germany from 1933 to 1944. It highlights the tension between the individual's responsibility to a personal ethical code and to a national political system. 108 min. Video/C 2878

The Return (Le Rétour).
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Le Retour presents the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. Shows the removal of the prisoners to temporary hospitals and pictures joyful reunions with families and friends in Paris. 1946. 21 min DVD 9934; vhs Video/C MM470

The Road to Treblinka. (The Nazis, A Warning from History)
Documents the Nazi execution of Jews in Treblinka, one of their six killing factories. Discusses the Nazi policy towards Jews and how a place like Treblinka could come to exist. Part of the series The Nazis, A Warning From History (See Peace & Conflict videography for description) 2005. DVD 4173

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Rees, Laurence. "The Nazis : a warning from history." In: Holocaust and the moving image : representations in film and television since 1933 / edited by Toby London ; New York : Wallflower, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H53 H65 2005)

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers Dring WWII.
This emotionally stirring documentary tells the stories of Jewish children hidden from the Nazis in extraordinary acts of kindness by non-Jews. These men and women of uncommon decency did everything from bringing Jewish children into their families to securing hiding places in closets, attics, or hastily dug bunkers. Director, Aviva Slesin. 2002. 72 min. DVD 2938

Shoah: A Film.
Directed by Claude Lanzmann. One of the greatest Holocaust films of all time. Interviews with death-camp survivors and Nazi functionaries. Shows present-day view of some of the concentration camps. Interviewees speak in their own language with a French translation with English subtitles. Originally produced as motion picture in 1985. 5 videocassettes, 570 min. DVD 1929; also VHS Video/C 943


César Awards, France - Honorary César
International Documentary Association - IDA Award
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Special Award
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Documentary

Solomon Perel, Nov. 9, 1993, University of California, Berkeley.
A speech by Shlomo Perel, who as a Jewish boy of 14 disguised himself to survive World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years, originally in a Communist orphanage, and then in an elite school for Hitler's youth and finally as a soldier in the German army. He also comments on the biographical motion picture of his life, "Europa Europa" (Video/C 999:1424) Presented by Berkeley Hillel. 110 min. Video/C 5199

Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures
Documentary on the only successful revolt by Jewish concentration camp inmates. The Sobibor uprising in 1943 in Poland was investigated by Mr. Lanzmann many years ago when he was filming "Shoah" and his interviews with a participant named Lerner date from then. A film by Claude Lanzmann. 95 min. 2001. DVD X4104

The Sorrow and the Pity.
A film by Max Ophuls. A documentary examining the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences and interviews of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance and shows antisemitism through stark, moving newsreel footage. 260 min. DVD 672; vhs Video/C 4280


National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Special Award
New York Film Critics Circle Award - Special Citation

Steal a Pencil For Me
A compelling documentary about the power of love and the ability of humankind to rise above unimaginable suffering. In 1943, Holland is under total Nazi occupation. When the Jews are being deported, Jack, his wife Manja, and his new love, Ina, find themselves living in the same barracks in a concentration camp. When Jack's wife objects to the relationship in spite of their unhappy marriage, Jack and Ina resort to writing secret love letters, which gives them the strength to survive the war. Directed by Michèle Ohayon. 2008. 57 min. DVD 9752

Strafsache 4 Ks 2/63
Documentary about the first Auschwitz trial, case number 4 ks 2/63, which was held in Frankfurt am Main between the years 1963-1965. Court proceedings which should have been destroyed after the trial were located by the filmmakers Bickel and Wagner and together with original film strips they have produced a documentary which is both riveting and historical. The court heard testimonies from survivors and witnesses drawn from many countries, who were seeing the perpetrators of the crimes against them and the thousands of Jews who were killed, for the first time in twenty years. 1993. DVD 5806

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness
This documentary tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, consul to Lithuania during World War II. Sugihara defied Tokyo authorities and wrote transit visas that allowed hundreds of Jewish families to flee Europe through Russia to Japan and other countries. Includes home movies, photographs, film footage, and interviews with Holocaust survivors who owe their lives to Chiune Sugihara. 2005. 85 min. DVD 4152

To Bear Witness
Powerful documentary about a little-known aspect of the Holocaust -- the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by Allied armies in 1945. Combines scenes of the First International Liberators Conference (which provided a unique forum for reunions between survivors of the camps and their liberators) with archival footage of the actual events to document both the exhilaration and the shock and horror of the liberation. Narrator: Elie Wiesel. 42 min. 1984. Video/C 9929

The Triumph of Memory.
Four non-Jewish resistance fighters who were sent to Nazi concentration camps in World War II bear witness to the Jewish Holocaust. Pierre Troadec (a Frenchman) was sent to Mauthausen for rescuing American flyers; Reidar Dittman (a Norwegian) was sent to Buchenwald for sabotaging the construction of German ships; Vera Laska (a Czech) hid Jews and fought the Nazis until she was sent to Auschwitz and Irina Kharina (a Russian) was a young Red Army soldier captured behind German lines. Originally produced in 1988 and broadcast as an episode of the television program Frontline. c1989. 29 min. Video/C 3062

Truth Shall Make Us Free: Inside the Neo-Nazi Network.
For three years freelance journalist Michael Schmidt played a dangerous double game, insinuating himself into the inner circle of German neo-Nazis. The result is a disturbing document which exposes the racial and religious hatred which is being bred into a new generation. 51 min. Video/C 2955

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ÜberLebenErzählen: Holocaust-Überlebende in der Schweiz (Survivre et temoigner: rescapes de la Shoah en Suisse)
Interviews with survivors of the Jewish Holocaust in Switzerland who reveal their experiences during World War II. Accompanying booklet: Begleitheft fur den Unterricht = Cahier pedagogique / Alexandra Binnenkade, Charles Heimberg. Interviewees: Eva Koralnik, Vera Rottenberg (27 min.) -- Leon Reich (29 min.) -- Sigmund Toman (26 min.) -- Rebecca Muhlethaler (18 min.) -- Henri Silberman (19 min.) -- Gregor Spuhler (14 min.) -- Marc Perrenoud (21 min.)In German and French. DVD 9960

Ultimate Power: Evil Rising. (Century: Events that Shaped the World.)
How did Adolf Hitler--an Austrian of little means and meager prospects--rise to absolute power in post-World War I Germany? Did the nation's economic and political situation make it inevitable? This program traces Hitler's amazing ascent from corporal in the Great War through his foray into politics, his imprisonment after the bungled Beer Hall Putsch, his bid for the presidency against Paul von Hindenburg, and his subsequent installment as Chancellor. In English and German with English subtitles. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 42 min. Video/C 6344

Unlikely Heroes
Contrary to the view of some that Jews caught up in the terror of Hitler's Europe were passive, this film highlights previously unknown stories of Jewish resistance and individual heroism throughout the Nazi Holocaust. Profiles seven extraordinary individuals who each, in very different ways, took it upon themselves to take action, making a huge impact on the lives of many people and adding a new chapter to the history of Jewish resistance. Features archival film and photos and new sequences shot on location. Directed by Richard Trank; written by Marvin Hier, Richard Trank. Dist.: Simon Wiesenthal Center. 2005. 120 min. DVD 3659

The Unknown Soldier
The crimes against humanity commited by the Nazi regime are often thought of as the work directed by leaders such as Himmler or Hitler. "Ordinary" German soldiers are not often seen as anything other than their pawns. Until now. Documents Germany's controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition, which for the first time ever reveals the personal letters, photographs and film footage implicating the common soldier of horrific acts. A film by Michael Verhoeven. 2007. 97 min. DVD X6000

Unwanted Cinema (Unerwunschtes Kino)
For many Jewish filmmakers, actors, actresses, writers, directors and other creative talents, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party first threatened their livelihoods and soon their lives. In 1934 the exclusion of Jewish filmmakers in Germany led to independent productions in Budapest and Vienna, the so-called "Unwanted Cinema" banned by the Nazis. This documentary profiles a number of Jewish artists who contributed to independent films produced in Vienna and Budapest between 1934 and 1937. The film follows them in subsequent years, as they sought refuge from the Nazi terror, both in Europe and the U.S. The film focuses on Henry Koster, Ernst Verebes, Otto Wallburg, Felix Joachimson (Jackson), Hans Jaray, Franziska Gaal, Rosy Barsony, Hortense Raky, Oskar Pilzer, and Zoltan Vidor. Featuring scenes from many films of the period, Unwanted Cinema also recounts the efforts of Hollywood producer Joseph Pasternak, who offered many of these men and women their best chance of survival. Based on the book: Unerwunschtes Kino : der deutschsprachige Emigrantenfilm 1934-1937 (MAIN: PN1993.5.E83 U54 2000) 90 min. DVD 9910

Verdict on Auschwitz (The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965)(Strafsache 4 Ks 2/63: Auschwitz vor dem Frankfurter Schwurgericht)
Documentary about the first Auschwitz trial, case number 4 ks 2/63, which was held in Frankfurt am Main between the years 1963-1965. Court proceedings which should have been destroyed after the trial were located by the filmmakers Bickel and Wagner and together with original film strips they have produced a documentary which is both riveting and historical. The court heard testimonies from survivors and witnesses drawn from many countries, who were seeing the perpetrators of the crimes against them and the thousands of Jews who were killed, for the first time in twenty years. A film by Rolf Bickel und Dietrich Wagner. 1993. 240 min. DVD 7373; copy 2 DVD 5806 (disc also includes documentary Strafsache 4 Ks 2/63)

Villa Air Bel
The American journalist Varian Fry organised the 'Emergency Rescue Committee' in 1940, to help artists and intellectuals persecuted by Hitler to escape from Europe. In 1940/41 he went to Marseille as the Committee's representative and helped to organise the illegal escape of many of Germany's leading intellectuals and artists imprisoned in France, among them Sigfried Kracauer, Golo Mann, and Max Ernst. His headquarters was the Villa Bel Air in Marseille. The film tells the story of this forgotten man, who died in obscurity in 1967. Written and directed by Jorg Bundschuh. 1987. 90 min. Video/C 8074

Un vivant qui passe
Claude Lanzmann interviews Maurice Rossel, a Swiss official of the International Red Cross during World War II, who wrote a favorable report of Theresienstadt, a "model" Jewish ghetto that was in reality a death camp. 96 min. DVD X4104

Voices of the Shoah: Remembrances of the Holocaust [Sound Recording]
Audio documentary of the Holocaust as told by survivors and witnesses. Drawn from more than 180 interviews recorded between 1988 and 1998, the stories gathered her testify to the horrors of the Shoah as well as to the immeasurable strength of the human spirit. Sound/D 191

v. 1.Introduction --v. 2.Conclusion --v. 3.v. 4.Epilogue.Life before the Shoah --Anti-Semitism and Hitler's rise to power --Efforts to escape --At war --Life in the ghettos and mass executions of Jews --Deportation to labor and death camps --Resistance --Death marches and liberation --Postwar sickness and recovery: looking for a future --A new life in America and a survivor's philosophy of war --Kindertransport: saving the children --An American-Jewish soldier at the liberation of Dachau --Two Japanese-American soldiers witness the horrors of Dachau --An American military rabbi brings hope to newly freed survivors --Inheriting the Shoah: living with the knowledge of evil --One girl's story: a childhood in hiding -- David Notowitz produced, directed and wrote this work. Elliott Gould, narrator. 2000. Sound/D 191

The Voyage of the St. Louis.
The ship St. Louis left Nazi Germany on May 13, 1939 with 937 German Jews bound for their pre-arranged destination of Cuba. But upon arrival Cuba and then every other country in the Americas refused them entry, so they returned to Europe where the refugees were accepted by Holland, France, Belgium, and England. Four months later World War II began and many of the St. Louis passengers perished in Nazi death camps. Includes archival footage, photographs, and interviews with nine survivors. 1994? 52 min. Video/C 7267

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
Bound for Nowhere

Warsaw Ghetto.
Presents actual photographs and films which were taken by cameramen of the German Army, the Secret Service and the Gestapo who were assigned to record life and death in the ghetto of Warsaw. Shows Jews entering the Warsaw ghetto in November 1940 and reveals the horrors of disease and hunger and deportation to the death camps. Also reconstructs the 10-day resistance of half a million Jews cut off in a half mile city area by Nazi forces. Written and produced by Hugh Burnett. 1969. 51 min. DVD X1386; also on vhs Video/C 17

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When I Was 14: A Survivor Remembers
Chronicles the Holocaust experiences of Gloria Hollander Lyon, a Czech Jew now living in San Francisco. When she was fourteen her family was shipped to Auschwitz, where she narrowly missed the gas chambers. She survived six other concentration camps before being liberated by the Swedish Red Cross. In this documentary she recounts that traumatic period of her life, revisits the camps, and celebrates survival and life. Produced and directed by Marlene Booth. c1995. 58 min. Video/C MM766

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?
Documents the United States' calculated indifference to the plight of European Jews during the Holocaust through interviews with government officials, Jewish leaders, concentration-camp survivors, newsreel footage, and previously classified information. 1982. Directed and edited by Laurence Jarvik. 85 min. DVD 8158

A Window Into the Camps
Directed & written by John J. Michalczyk. 1997. 10 mim. DVD 7140

With Hardship Their Garment (Europe, the Mighty Continent; 9).
Analyzes the events of World War II in Europe, focusing on the unprecedented destruction of civilian populations. Discusses the Nazi extermination camps and their brutality against Jewish and Slavic peoples. 52 min. DVD X2806 [preservation copy]; Video/C 472 pt. 1-2

Witness to History: Days That Shook the World : 1940-1949
January 27, 1945 - Discovery of the Holocaust. Part of a documentary series covering milestones of the 20th century including political turmoil, the horrors of war, medical, scientific and technological advances and social upheaval that made this century. 1999. Video/C 8792

Witness to the Holocaust.
19 min ea.

Rise of the Nazis . Documents the economic, political and attitudinal factors which contributed to the rise of Nazism, and the early stages of oppression of the German Jewish population. DVD 9619 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 735

Ghetto Life . Describes the ghetto as one vehicle by which the Nazis planned to reduce the Jewish population through starvation and disease. DVD 9619 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 736

Deportation. Presents the wearing down of the Jewish population, the deportation of people from the ghettos and countryside to concentration camps, and the attitudes of bystanders. DVD 9620 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 737

Resistance. Explores the forms of Jewish resistance against the Nazis, both spiritual and armed. DVD 9620 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 738

Final Solution. "Final solution" was the code word for the extermination of European Jews. Deals with selection and death as well as daily life in the concentration camps. DVD 9621 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 739

Freedom. Explores the liberation of the concentration camps, the movement of survivors back to their homes in Europe, and their subsequent efforts to begin new lives in Israel and America. DVD 9621 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 740

Reflections. Survivors reflect on such questions as how the scope of Nazi atrocities grew to include non-Jews, what universal lessons can be learned from the Holocaust, and whether it could happen again. DVD 9622 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 741

World War II in Color. 2, Total War
Includes footage of the inhuman conditions of the Warsaw ghetto. Video/C 9179

The Nuremberg Trials and Other Nazi War Crime Trials

Journey to Justice
Presents the life of Howard Triest, a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 when he was 16-years old, returned as an American soldier and then served as an interpreter during the Nuremberg Trial, coming face-to-face with imprisoned Nazi leaders who were co-responsible for killing his parents in Auschwitz and the death of six million other Jews. In 1947 he filmed the ruins of Munich producing the film "Munich: capital of Bavaria" (Included as a special feature on this disc). Parts of that documentary are embedded in this film which was produced from the viewpoint of the now 83-year old Triest as he returned to Germany with his son Brent to visit the places of his past. Special features: Munich: capital of Bavaria (1947, 37 min.) ; Howard Triest beim Filmfest München 2006 (2008, 14 min.) Directed by Steve Palackdharry. 106 min. 2008. DVD X777

Nazi Concentration Camps
The official film record of the Nazi death camps as photographed by Allied forces advancing into Germany. Shows graphic footage of half-dead prisoners, victims of medical experiments, gas chambers, and open mass graves. Portions of the film were entered as evidence during the Nuremberg War Trials. Originally produced in 1945 as a motion picture by the U.S. Council for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality. Directed by George Stevens. 59 min. DVD 5802; also vhs Video/C 7236; also on Video/C MM469

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Douglas, Lawrence. "Film as witness: screening 'Nazi Concentration Camps' before the Nuremberg Tribunal." In: The memory of judgment : making law and history in the trials of the Holocaust / Lawrence Douglas. Douglas, Lawrence. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt KZ1174. .D68 2001)
Douglas, Lawrence. "The Shrunken Head of Buchenwald: Icons of Atrocity at Nuremberg." Representations, No. 63. (Summer, 1998), pp. 39-64. UC users only
Twist, Susan. "Evidence of Atrocities or Atrocious Use of Evidence: The Controversial Use of Atrocity Film at Nuremberg." Liverpool Law Review Volume 26, Number 3 / January, 2005

Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. SEE The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Jews

Nuremberg: les Nazis face à leurs crimes
Nuremberg, November 20, 1945--The trials of Nazi war criminals begins. 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". As evidence, films of the liberation of the concentration camps would be screened, 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. Disc 1. French and English versions of the film -- Disc 2. "That justice be done" / produced by the Field Photographic Branch of the Office of Strategic Services (1945, 10 min.) -- "Nazi concentration camps" / [Office of Strategic Services; Army Signal Corps] (1945, 58 min.) -- "Kinodokumenty o zverstvakh nemetsko-fashistskikh zakhvatchikov : predstavliaetsia glavnym obvinitelem ot SSSR = The atrocities committed by the German-fascists in the USSR" / TSentralnaia studiia dokumentalnykh filmov (1946, 60 min.) Courtroom footage filmed by Field Photographic Branch of the Office of Strategic Services under the supervision of John Ford. A film by Christian Delage. 2006. DVD X3000

Delage, Christian. "Bringing History into the Present Through Film: An Historian in the Archives of Nuremberg." Cineaste; Winter2011, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p34-39, 5p UC users only

A record of the trials of the Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, Germany. Includes scenes from films made by the Nazis which were presented as documentary evidence of the atrocities committed at the concentration camps. Compiled by Pare Lorentz and Stuart (Budd) Schulberg. Produced by the Civil Affairs Division Division, Re-Orientation Branch, War Dept 1946. 76 min. Video/C MM470; also Video/C 133

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Nuremberg: It's Lessons for Today

Entirely composed of historical footage, including some newly discovered archival films, this documentary covers the trials against war criminals which were convened in Nuremberg after World War II. Although the first trial of major war criminals was concluded successfully with death or imprisonment for those found guilty, the subsequent trials were compromised by Cold War politics. Many imprisoned Germans were pardoned and restored to power if they were considered useful to the West, overturning the American commitment to justice. Director, Stephen Trombley. 1997. 50 min. DVD X3197; Video/C 6813

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Nuremburg (TV, 2000)
Directed by Yves Simoneau. SEE The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Jews

Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today (Nürnberg und seine Lehre)
Director: Pare Lorentz; Writers: Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg. A documentary record of the trials of the Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, Germany, specifically prepared as a permanent record of the proceedings. Includes scenes from films made by the Nazis which were presented as the documentary evidence of the atrocities committed at concentration camps. "This is a translated version of a film produced by the Motion Picture Branch, ISD, OPA, Office of the United States High Commissioner for Germany. It is being shown throughout the Federal Republic of Germany and Free Berlin."--opening credits. English version of the film originally made in Germany in 1946. 75 min. DVD X5665

Lybarger, Dan. "War Crimes and History Lessons: An Interview with Sandra Schulberg and Josh Waletzky." Cineaste; Winter2010, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p28-31, 4p UC users only

Nuremberg. Video/C MM470

The Nuremberg Trial.
Of all the war crimes committed in history, those perpetrated under Hitler's Third Reich were the most devastating. These deeds were so terrible that the victorious Allies had to develop an entirely new body of law -- international criminal law -- to deal with them. This film presents archival footage of the trial of the Nazi hierarchy in Nuremberg, where the full extent of Nazi horrors was revealed to the world. Originally produced as a segment on the television program Court TV in 1996. Host: Steven Spielberg. 48 min. Video/C 7948

The Nuremberg Trials.
In November, 1945, the twenty-two surviving representatives of the Nazi elite stood before an international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. The ensuing trial pitted U.S. Chief Prosecutor Judge Robert Jackson against Hermann Goring, the former head of the Nazi air force. Jackson hoped the trial would make a statement that crimes against humanity would never again go unpunished. Draws upon rare archival material and eyewitness accounts to re-create the dramatic tribunal that defines trial procedure for state criminals to this day. Produced and directed by Michael Kloft. Originally broadcast on January 30, 2006. 60 min. DVD 5571

Nuremberg Trials
This Russian documentary was assembled the same year that the Nuremberg War Crimes trials began. While many of the issues raised and fates of the defendants were unresolved at the time of production, filmmaker C. Svilov presents propaganda on behalf of the victorious Soviet forces. Includes trial footage and film used by the prosecution to show the Nazi's various crimes. Produced by Central Documentary Film Studios, Moscow; director, C. Svilov ; producer, Roman Karmen. 1946. 75 min. DVD 5802

Nuremberg Trials Newsreels
Features newsreel footage from the Nuremberg Trials from 1945 and 1946. Footage includes trial scenes and brief execution by hanging. Contents: (1) Nuremberg War Crimes Trials Open, 1945/11/29 (1945, 2 min.) -- (2) Nazis Face War Crime Evidence, 1945/12/06 (2 min.) -- (3) War Criminal Trials Draw Towards End, 1946/08/26 (1 min.) -- (4) Twenty-one Nazi Chiefs Guilty, 1946/10/08 (5 min.) DVD 9241

Nuremberg Trials Newsreels
Universal Newsreel: Nazi war criminal sentenced -- Nuremberg War Crimes Trials open, 11/29/45 -- Nazis face war crime evidence DVD 6267

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The Specialist: Portrait of a Modern Criminal
A documentary about the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Eichmann, the Nazi mastermind who organized the deportation of Jews and other "undesirables," escaped capture and fled to Argentina. In 1960, Israel agents discovered Eichmann and abducted him in a daring secret mission. The whole world was watching as Eichmann was tried in Jerusalem for "crimes against humanity." Using the original footage of the trial made by Leo Hurwitz, this is a "mesmerizing portrait of a horribly ordinary man" and an important addition to the field of Holocaust studies. Special DVD features: 60 minute interview with authors Rony Brauman and Eyal Sivan; excerpt from the book "In praise of disobedience"; original theatrical trailer. Inspired by "Eichmann in Jerusalem, a report on the banality of evil" by Hannah Arendt. Produced entirely from footage recorded in 1961 in Jerusalem at the Adolf Eichmann trial by Leo Hurwitz. A film by Rony Brauman & Eyal Sivan. 128 min. DVD X16; vhs Video/C 7264

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann.
After World War II, the confusion of postwar Europe made finding Nazi war criminals difficult and many slipped through the authorities' fingers. One of the most prominent of the Nazi hierarchy was Germany's "Minister of Death," Adolf Eichmann, who eluded capture for years. This documentary recounts how he was tracked down in Argentina and brought to justice, with commentary by Israeli agents who affected his capture and archival footage of the trial. Originally produced as a segment on the television program Court TV in 1999. 45 min. Video/C 7949

Universal Newsreels
Nuremberg War Crimes Trials open, 11/29/45 -- Nazis face war crime evidence DVD 6267

Universal Newsreels
Twenty-one Nazi chiefs guilty DVD 6268

War Crimes
An exploration of the shaping of justice in times of war, through in-depth studies of history's most controversial trials. The film begins with an examination of the groundbreaking Nuremberg Trials and the impact they had on two other war crime trials, the disputed conviction of Lt. William Calley for the Vietnam My Lai Massacre and the trial of concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk. 48 min. DVD 8603; vhs Video/C 5850

The Holocaust and Other Ethnicities/Peoples

Paragraph 175
Historian Klaus Muller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, many of whom were interred in concentration camps during World War II because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175, which states: An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed. Produced and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. 2000. 81 min. Video/C 8549

Friedman, Jeffrey. "Surviving Berlin." Advocate, 05/09/2000, Issue 811, p73, 4p UC users only
Zimmer, Catherine. "Verboten Love." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies, 2001, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p453-458, 6p UC users only

Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust
Chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) Holocaust--Porraimos, or "the devouring" which shows how the pseudo-science of eugenics was used to persecute not only Jews, but also Gypsies. Using interviews with Austrian, Czech and German Gypsy survivors, as well as photographs and films from the Reich Department of Racial Hygiene, this film reveals the oppression of the gypsies -- their registration and segregation, their sterilization, the medical experiments and eventual murder. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 9742

A World Without Bodies
Documents the horror of the Nazi regime with respect to its treatment of disabled people. Beginning with an overview of eugenics ideology, the filmmakers delve into the instruments of mass murder developed first on the bodies of people with disabilities and later transferred to concentration camps. The film provides a haunting glimpse into the medical and social mindset that led to the systematic slaughter of more than 270,000 disabled individuals during World War II. The documentary ultimately asks us to contemplate the impact of these events on our attitudes toward people with disabilities in our own era. A film by Sharon Snyder & David Mitchell. 2001. 35 min. DVD 6859

Jewish History and Culture: General and Miscellaneous

Allan 'n' Allen's Complaint.
The influence of Jewish fathers on their sons and the complexity of familial relationships are explored in this witty, poignant portrait of two artists and their fathers. Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, and performance artist/sculptor, Allan Kaprow, are the sons who struggle with and against the influences of these patriarchal figures. In this playful, often moving portrait of fathers and sons, the video artists Paik and Kubota subject their content to irreverent temporal, spatial and visual transformations: images multiply and proliferate, time is accelerated or slowed, and the audio is de-synchronized. 1982. 29 min. Video/C 4679

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein.
A definitive documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein, a devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of U.S. and Israeli Mid-East policy, and author of five provocative books, including The Holocaust Industry. Finkelstein has been steadfastly at the center of many intractable controversies, including the recent denial of his tenure at DePaul University. He's called a lunatic and a self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others. Producers and directors, David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier. 2009. 89 min. DVD X3397

The American Tapestry: Searching for the American Dream
Gregory Nava's trenchant but human examination of the American migration experience. In this documentary the much celebrated Hispanic filmmaker ("El Norte", "Mi Familia", "Selena", etc.) explores the very personal accounts of five American families from a variety of enthnic and racial backgrounds. An elderly Polish Jew relates his arrival at Ellis Island as a seven year-old boy in the 1920's. A Chinese-born grandmother from Oakland, California recalls her own childhood arrival on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay in the early 1930's. Unlike the Ellis Island experience, which was a happy and welcoming one, her arrival thrust her into an atmosphere charged with racial tension, discrimination and hostility. An African-American woman, the daughter of a slave, describes her childhood on a sharecropper's farm in Alabama and her eventual migration to Chicago. In the film's most emotionally powerful moment, he follows a young Mexican woman as she risks her life clandestinely crossing the border into the U.S. Directed by Gregory Nava. 1999. 96 min. Video/C MM1281

At the Crossroads: Eastern European Jewry
(Eastern Europe, Breaking with the Past; 7). 50 min. Video/C 1977:7

Between Two Worlds
A groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers' own families are battlegrounds over loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the United States and Israel, this first-person documentary begins with a near riot at a Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco, reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus, and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself. Produced & directed by Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman. c2011. 70 min. DVD X6818

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Berlin's Jewish Museum: A Personal Tour with Daniel Libeskind
Architect Daniel Libeskind and journalist Alan Riding tour the Jewish Museum in Berlin, designed by Libeskind. During the walking tour Libeskind lays bare the entire architectural and philosophical concept of the building, an absolutely unique construct of innovation, intellectual prowess, and direct allusions to the lives and work of Berlin's pre-Nazi population of Jewish literati and artists. 2003. 58 min. Video/C MM912

The Biggest Jewish City in the World (Destination America;7).
From the time of the Czarist persecutions to the more recent atrocities of Hitler, America has been a haven for Jewish people fleeing from persecution. Their influx made New York the world's most densely populated city. They went on to become one of the most influential immigrant groups in America. 52 min. Video/C 2642

Clara Lemlich: A Strike Leader's Diary
On November 22, 1909, New York City garment workers gathered at Cooper Union to discuss pay cuts, unsafe working conditions and other grievances. After two hours of indecisive speeches by male union leaders, a young Jewish woman strode down the aisle and demanded the floor. Speaking in Yiddish, she passionately urged her coworkers to go out on strike. Clara Lemlich, a flegling union organizer, thus launched the "Uprising of the 20,000," when, two days later, garment workers walked out of shops all over the city. A film by Alex Szalat. c2004. 51 min. DVD 4653

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A film by Péter Péter Forgács. Filmed from 1946-1971, continues the history of the Hungarian Jewish family of businessman and musician Gyorgy Peto introduced in the film "Free fall." After World War II Gyorgy returns from captivity in Russia and his daughter is born. He continues to manage the family bank until 1949, date of the first nationalizations, and then finds employment in a national orchestra. His daughter, now grown discovers the existence of a little brother who died in a concentration camp as the film progesses in its discovery of the secrecies of the family, and investigates issues of Jewish identity. Their personal history is interlaced with music including musical propaganda, featuring songs of Communist youths. 1997. 52 min. DVD 3208 [See also: Free Fall]

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Eastern Europe, Breaking with the Past.
An 13 part examination of political and social events occuring in Eastern European nations from World War II to the present day which culminated in current political upheavals and restructuring of Eastern European governments and societies. Part7: At the Crossroads: Eastern European Jewry. 50 min. ea.Video/C 1955:1-13

The Five Houses of Lea Goldberg
A prolific Hebrew poet, author, playwright, literary translator and researcher of literature Lea Goldberg's writings are considered classics of Israeli literature. She died 41 years ago, but even today, Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure - she is Israel's most beloved poet, a powerful woman, who lived with her mother and never married, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of WW1 though her magical poetry. The film is a cinematic fantasy in five acts, using animation, after affects, archives, still photos, original music and interviews that celebrate together the fascinating story of Lea Goldberg. Directed by Yair Qedar. 2011. 52 min. DVD X6117

The Flat
Filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger travels to Tel Aviv to clean out the apartment of his recently-deceased German-born Jewish grandmother and begins an unsettling journey into his family's history as he discovers his grandparents were friends with a high-ranking Nazi official, the Baron von Mildenstein. He travels around the world in his quest to understand this confusing friendship. 2011. 98 min. DVD X9161

From Language to Language (Misafa lesafa)
For centuries, Hebrew was a sacred language, a written language of prayer and scripture. But today it is also the language of everyday life in Israel. Nurith Aviv, Israeli writers, musicians, actors and a Rabbi/philosopher from varying countries and ethnic backgrounds discuss the relationship between their mother tongues and Hebrew. Featuring: Aharon Appelfeld, acclaimed for his literary explorations of the Holocaust; actress Jenya (Evgenya) Dodina; Rabbi and philosopher Daniel Epstein; poet Salma-n Musa-lahah; poet and translator Agi Mishol; singer Amal Murkus; poet and Professor of Jewish Thought Haviva Pedaya; and Meir Wieseltier, a member of the early Sixties "Tel Aviv Poets" group. Written and directed by Nurith Aviv. 2005. 56 min. DVD X3848

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George Steiner: Vienna 1900
A lecture by George Steiner, illustrated by archival photos and film, on Vienna from 1900, the site of an intellectual flowering in music, language, philosophy, politics, economics, architecture and other arts. Reviews the reasons for this flowering, in the more liberal policies of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which allowed Jews access to education and the professions. In this Vienna, the seeds of anti-Semitism were also sown, which influenced Adolf Hitler and led to the Holocaust. 1985. 47 min. Video/C 8427

An examination of the traditional service and celebration of the centuries-old holiday that commemorates the victory of Jewish people, more than 2,000 years ago, over the Syrian ruler Antiochus. Edward Asner narrates the program, which explains how modern services recall miracles of times past. 3/4" UMATIC. 30 min. Video/C 33

Das Haus mit der Goldkuppe.
Presentation of the history of the Neue Synagoge in Berlin, biography of prominent Berlin Jews of the 20th century, and the work of the Centrum Judaicum to promote German-Jewish culture. 44 min. Video/C 5863

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews.
Dist.: PBS. c1984. 60 min. each installment

Episode 1, A People is Born (3500 B.C. to 6th century B. C.). First film of the series focuses on Jewish and Near Eastern life and culture from prehistory down to the sixth century B.C. Discusses the Exodus, the birth of Israel, and the Babylonian exile. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:1 pt. 1

Episode 2, Power of the Word (6th century B.C. to 2nd century B.C.). Second film of the series explores Jewish culture and civilization from the sixth to the second century B.C. Chronicles the emergence of a Jewish identity based on ideas, not territory, and the intellectual interaction between the Jewish world and classical Greece and Rome. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:2 Pt. 2

Episode 3, The shaping of Traditions (1st to 9th centuries). Third film of the series explores Jewish culture and civilization from the first to the ninth centuries. Explores the rise of Christianity and Islam and the development of new trends within the Jewish world. Discusses the shift of Jewish life from the Near East to the European continent. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:3 Pt. 3

Episode 4, The Crucible of Europe (9th to 15th centuries). Fourth film of the series explores Jewish culture and civilization from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries, focusing on the constant interaction among Jewish, Christian, and Moslem cultures. Discusses Jewish life in Spain, northern Europe, and eastern Europe. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:4 Pt. 4

Episode 5, The Search for Deliverance (1492-1789). Fifth film of the series explores Jewish culture and civilization from the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the French Revolution in 1789. Shows how a new intellectual climate in western Europe and economic opportunities in eastern Europe held promise for Jews and other minorities. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:5 Pt. 5

Episode 6, Roads from the Ghetto (1789-1914). Sixth film of the series explores Jewish culture and civilization from 1789 to 1917. Covers the struggles for the emancipation of Jews and other subject peoples all across Europe, focusing on the Russian Jewish experience, the Dreyfuss case, and the birth of Zionism. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:6 Pt. 6

Episode 7, The Golden Land (1654-1932). Seventh film of the series explores the history of the Jews in America from colonial times to the Great Depression, focusing on the convergence of the American ideal of democracy and the ancient Jewish heritage of freedom. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:7 Pt. 7

Episode 8, Out of the ashes (1914-1945). Eighth film of the series explores the universal meaning of the Holocaust, defining that tragedy as a tragedy for all civilized people. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:8

Episode 9, Into the Future (1945 to the present). Ninth film of the series explores the establishment of the state of Israel and the distribution of Jews in today's world. Discusses issues such as Jewish identity and the plight of Soviet Jews. DVD 5075; vhs Video/C 701:9 Pt. 9

In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II.
Personal reminiscences by veterans of the Jewish Brigade, a regiment of the British Army during World War II composed of Jewish men. Includes extensive historical footage of their activities and campaigns during World War II. 1998. 84 min. Video/C 5424

Intimate Stranger.
After the death of Joseph Cassuto, his grandson Alan Berliner created this film about his life. Cassuto was a Jew raised in Egypt, who later became a pioneer businessman in the cotton trade with post-war Japan. He was adored by his friends and business associates, but almost unknown to his own family. Here Berliner combines biography, personal inquiry, interviews with family and friends, home movies and archival footage to present a search for roots through a portrait of a complex man. A film by Alan Berliner. Dist.: Milestone Film & Video. 1991. 60 min. DVD X2791; Video/C 7324

International Documentary Association - IDA Award

The Jew in the Lotus.
In 1990 eight Jewish delegates traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and share the secret of "spiritual survival in exile." Here one of the delegates, writer Rodger Kamenetz, describes his own spiritual journey of personal loss and redemption while documenting an historic meeting between two spiritual traditions. A film by Laurel Chiten. 1998. 59 min Video/C 7469

Jewish Moments: A Celebration of Life.
Pt.1. Introduction to the Jewish people: A sense of family. The ceremony of the Briss. First haircut.-- Pt.2. Family life of the Jewish people: Welcoming the Sabbath. Jewish families.--Pt.3. Inside the Jewish synagogue: Coming of age ceremonies. Inside the synagogue. The Torah. The Ten Commandments.--Pt.4. The Rue des Rosiers, Paris France: The Jewish Quarter in Paris. Holiday of the Harvest-Sukkoth.-- Pt.5. Education: Primary education. Yeshiva--oral and written Torah.--Pt.6. Wedding: Marriage and celebration. What enabled the Jews to survive as a people for 4000 years? What binds the Jewish people together? What are the basic teachings and where are they to be found today? Jewish Moments answers all of these questions with a simple and joyful approach which takes the viewer on an inward journey directly to the heart of the Jewish religion. 36 min. Video/C 4343

The Jewish Presence in Berlin (Berlin's Hidden History)
Berlin, the capital of reunified Germany is a city with a glittering present and a dark past. A historian leads the viewer through the new Berlin, revealing the many traces of history in a city that served as Frederick the Great's, Bismarck's, and Hitler's capital before it became the front line of the Cold War and the place where the Berlin Wall was built and destroyed. Learn that there is more than meets the eye at the Brandenberg Gate, Potsdammer Platz, Nazi buildings, Jewish cemeteries, Check Point Charlie, and many other places steeped in history. Special features: Two extended interviews: Johannes Helmrath "Berlin's early history" ; Peter Pulzer "The Jewish presence in Berlin". A film by Brian Ladd & John Woods. 53 min. DVD 1469

Judaism: The Chosen People (The Long Search; 7).
Consists of interviews with several Jews living throughout the world who attempt to define the significance of being one of the chosen people. 52 min. Video/C 196

Kahane vs. McCloskey: Why Terrorism?
A debate between Jewish leader and member of the Israeli Knesset rabbi Meir Kahane and former U.S. congressman Pete McCloskey presenting conflicting views of the Middle East territorial question. Recorded January 20, 1986. 57 min. Video/C 973

King of the Jews
Utilizing Hollywood movies, 1950's educational films, personal home movies and religious films, the filmmaker depicts his childhood fear of Jesus Christ. These childhood recollections of a Jewish youth are a point of departure for larger issues, including the roots of Christian anti-semitism. The film recontextualizes the history of Christianity by placing Jesus firmly in the Judaic tradition. Written, directed, edited and produced by Jay Rosenblatt. 2000. 18 min. DVD X4496; Video/C 7838

Kurt Gerron's Karussell (Karoussel)
Kurt Gerron, a well-known German actor in silent movies and successful film director enjoyed national stardom until 1933, when he was forced into exile by the Nazis. He eventually fled to Amsterdam where he became one of the most important directors of the Dutch cinema. In 1943 he was deported to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. Here in the so-called VIP camp he directed his own cabaret "The Karussell." The Nazis offered him the chance to make a film about the wonderful life of Jews in Thereslendstadt, with the promise of survival. Gerron has no choice. c1999. 63 min. PAL format. Video/C MM323

L'chayim, Comrade Stalin!
In 1928, Stalin created the world's first Jewish state in Siberia called the Jewish Autonomus Region (J.A.R.)where young idealists from many nations built a homeland rich in Jewish culture. By 1948, the Jewish population had peaked at 45,000. With Birobidzhan as its capital, it was home to Yiddish schools, theaters, publications and synagogues. This documentary features interviews with pioneer settlers, current residents, footage from Russian archives and scenes from the Soviet propaganda film, Seekers of happiness. Produced and written by Elizabeth Schwartz; directed by Yale Strom. Dist. Cinema Guild.2000. 90 min. Video/C MM300

Léon Blum: For All Mankind
This documentary tells the story of Léon Blum, who began as a literary critic and became active in politics as a result of the Dreyfuss Affair. In 1925, he became the first Socialist Premier of France and the first Jewish leader of the country, presiding over the Popular Front coalition government. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy, and the Vichy government deported him to Buchenwald. After World War II, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was re-elected prime minister in 1946. A film by Jean Bodon. 2010. 58 min. DVD X4661

Miss Universe 1929: Lisl Goldarbeiter, A Queen in Wien
Amateur filmmaker Marci Tanzer began to photograph and film his beautiful cousin Lisl when he moved to Vienna from Szeged in the late 1920s. In 1929 she won the title of Miss Austria and later was voted the first Miss Universe. Her privileged life as a beauty queen and later a rich wife ended with the Nazi takeover of Austria, but the two of them eventually married.

"Lisl Goldarbeiter and Marci Tenczer -born in 1908- were cousins and knew each other since early childhood. The Goldarbeiters lived in Vienna and belonged to the Austrian wing of a large Austro-Hungarian Jewish family. The Tenczer's lived in Szeged, and formed the Hungarian wing. The family ties between Vienna and Szeged never ceased. Marci moved to Vienna in 1926, to study. The first anti-Semitic law in Europe, the Hungarian Numerous Clauses of 1922, made it impossible for Jews to enter a University in Hungary. Marci lived in the house of the Goldarbeiters and studied at the Technical University from 1926-1936. Marci secretly loved his cousin Lisl. He started to make films of her, her family and Vienna shortly after his arrival. He was very poor but succeeded in saving cash for his film hobby by walking the city, instead of taking the tram. In 1929, without telling anybody, Marci caused Lisl's entry into the world of beauty; and she became world famous." [IMDB] 2006. 70 min. DVD 9806

Old Jews Telling Jokes
These 18 joke tellers aren't professionals, but "with wonderful timing and mannerisms, and bouncy klezmer music backing them up, these funny old 'alter kockers' deliver, with great delight, the off-color and risqué jokes from a bygone era." Directed and edited by Sam Hoffman. 2009. 44 min. DVD X2352

Six-months pregnant, a woman searches for family connections. Traveling to Eastern Europe, Israel and South America, she unlocks family myths and secrets. By exposing the consequences of the Holocaust and other family traumas, she discovers her legacy. A legacy that she'll pass on to her child as they make a life together in the United States. Directed by Gabriela Bohm. 2000. 66 min. DVD X4169

Praying with Lior
This film asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a 'spiritual genius.' Many believe Lior is close to God - at least that's what his family and community believe, though he's also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration, and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. As this moving and entertaining documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood--his Bar Mitzvah. Directed by Ilana Trachtman. 2008. 87 min. DVD X1459

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Sacred Language, Spoken Language
Originally a sacred language of prayer and scripture, Hebrew has now become the spoken language of everyday life in Israel. Here thirteen artists and writers born in Israel attempt to describe their relationship to the religious dimensions of the Hebrew language. A film by Nurith Aviv. 2008. 73 min. DVD X3849

A Seal Upon Thy Heart: A Portrait of Jewish Marriage
Documents a traditional Jewish wedding, placing special emphasis on Biblical and Talmudic sources of the wedding ceremony. Also explored are the couple's engagement, preparations for the wedding and the marriage, as well as the couple's personal reflections several months after their wedding. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1992. 30 min. DVD X6782; Video/C 6572

Shifting Traditions
Documentary program that explores changing Jewish traditions in the United States due to interfaith marriage. Features interviews with three interfaith couples and two rabbis with opposing views on interfaith marriage. Directed and produced by Brett Schwartz. 2002. 23 min. Video/C MM754

Originally passed down orally from master to student, the Talmud is the hidden face of the Torah, or Old Testament. It is a vast body of legal, mythic, and philosophical texts, and a mixture of religious commentary and debate, of history and science, and of anecdote and humor. No other text has had such an influence on Jewish life as it details the principles, ethical codes, and laws that serve as a guide for conduct. Bonus features: Yeshiva Ponievitch 1932 (7 min.); Jack V. Lunzer and the Talmud of Henri VIII (24 min.); David Kramer and the treasures of JTS (24 min.); Rabbi Levine, Lubavitcher Rebbe's librarian, Brooklyn, New York (26 min.); Rabbi Sherman and artscroll publishing (14 min.); The Talmud according to Rav Adin Steinsaltz (24 min.); Judy Tenzer, the Drisha Institute (7 min.); Rabbi Kalatsky, the Talmud in Manhattan (14 min.); Rabbi Jacobson, the mystical approach of the Talmud (17 min.); Daf Yomi (9 min.) Written and directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati. 2006. 55 min. DVD 8591

Tangled Roots
Traces the story of the filmmaker's family as she confronts her German father and Jewish mother over the secrets and painful silence about the past as she struggles to reconcile her dual identity as both a German and a Jew. The blending of German and Jewish cultures relatively soon after World War II is the central motif of the documentary with a theme of "coping, rather than victimization." Family ties are tested throughout the film as she travels to Germany and struggles with issues of race, religion and prejudice on both sides of the family. A film by Heidi Schmidt Emberling. 2001. 66 min. Video/C 8925

A Trial in Prague.
Documentary profiles the 1952 trial of fourteen Czechoslovak communists, including Rudolf Slansky, former General Secretary of the Party, tried on charges of high treason and espionage. Eleven of the fourteen accused were Jews. Presents interviews with many who were caught up in the events. Written and directed by Zuzana Justman. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1999. 83 min. Video/C MM249

The story of the surviving members of the Viennese Hakoah sports club women's swim team, a world-dominating competitor in the 1930s. The club was eventually shut down during Hitler's reign, though all the Jewish women swimming champions managed to escape capture. Combines historical footage and contemporary interviews to reconnect the women's lives and memories. Director, Yaron Zilberman. c2005. 77 min. DVD 4873

Yaacov Ben Dov: Father of the Hebrew Film
Discusses Ya?ak?ov Ben-Dov's film career and the circumstances surrounding many of his films depicting Jewish life in Palestine from 1917-1933. 30 min. DVD X1925

Women of the Wall.
Examines Jewish women's struggles with Orthodox Jewish tradition for the right to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Interviews with government officials, rabbis and Women at the Wall group members offer a glimpse into the battles raging in Israel over religious freedom, separation of religion and state, and women's rights. A film by Faye Lederman. 31 min. Video/C 7851

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