Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

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Tonight and tomorrow in the State of Israel, we are commemorating the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The following documentary videos (via the Jewish TV Network) offer compelling perspectives on the horrors and tragedy of the Holocaust.



I Remember

Academy Award Honouree, Andrzej Wajda directed this Polish-language documentary about four survivors who were either helped or betrayed by their Polish neighbours.

Peklo na Zemi (Hell on Earth)

Renowned Czech filmmaker Vojtech Jasny directed this Czech-language documentary, a look at Theresienstadt, the “model” Czech ghetto set up by the Nazis to deceive the world about how well the Jews were treated.

Algunos que vivieron (Some Who Lived)

Argentine filmmaker Luis Puenzo (director of the Academy Award-winning film, The Official Story) directed this Spanish-language film, weaving together testimonies from Holocaust survivors now living in Argentina and Uruguay with archival and modern-day footage.  Puenzo also explores the connections between Nazism and the darker chapters in Argentine history.

The Lost Children of Berlin

This documentary film chronicles the lives of former students who attended Grosse Hamburgerstrasse School in Berlin during the Holocaust. The school was closed in 1942 by the Gestapo. Interviewed during a 1996 reunion following the reopening of the school after a 54-year closure, the survivors recount their experiences against the backdrop of present-day Berlin.

Children from the Abyss

Holocaust survivors in this Russian-language documentary detail their experience of resistance, betrayal, rescue, and the desire for revenge.  Directed by Pavel Chukhraj (Academy Award Nominee for his film, The Thief).

Finding Family: A Compelling Documentary

Finding Family is a compelling documentary of quiet heroism and survival. It is the story of a young boy who escapes Nazi Germany and returns over 50 years later to learn more about the Dutch family that saved him.

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