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The Holocaust

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.

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.
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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.View this video online
Stephen Spielberg Jewish Film Archive

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. pt. 3

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.

A Window Into the Camps

Directed & written by John J. Michalczyk. 1997. 10 mim.

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.

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.

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.

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.