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Aimée & Jaguar

DD857 .W87 F572 2001
125 minutes; released 1998.
Two women — one Jewish and the other German — begin a torrid love affair in World War II Germany. In German with optional English subtitles.

All My Loved Ones = Vsichni moji blzc

D804.66 .W56 V75 2003 DVD
91 minutes; released 2000.
A Czech-Jewish family must decide whether or not to hand over their son to an English stockbroker in the early days of World War II. In Czech with opitional English subtitles.

Amen

PT 2668 .O3 S82 2002 DVD
130 minutes; released 2002.
A German chemist and a Jesuit priest try to tell the world about German use of the gas Zyclon B to exterminate Jews and political undesirables. When their story falls on deaf ears, they find themselves joining ranks with Roman Jews being rounded up by Nazi forces in occupied Italy. Adapted from the stage drama "The Representative." Directed by Costa-Gavras.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

D 810 .J4 F723 2001 DVD
189 minutes; released 2001.
A dramatization of the life of Anne Frank based on the book by Melissa Miller.

The Assisi Underground

D810 .J4 A7 1984 VHS
115 minutes; released 1985.
Italian clergy and laity struggle to save several hundred Jews from Nazi execution following the German occupation of Italy in the Second World War.

Au revoir les enfants = Goodbye Children

PN1997 .A974 2006 DVD
DVD on order
103 minutes; released 1987.
A Jewish boy is hidden from the Nazis in a French Catholic boarding school. In French with English subtitles.

The Believer

The Believer

PN1997.2 .B45 2001 DVD
98 minutes; released 2001.
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic worldview. Based on the true story of an American Nazi Party leader in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

PR6102 .O96 B6922 2009 DVD
94 minutes; released 2009.
An eight-year-old German boy meets another boy on the other side of a barbed-wire fence - a Jewish boy in a concentration camp. Based on the novel by John Boyne.

The Chosen

PS3566 .O75 C452 2003 DVD
108 minutes; released 1982.
Two young Jewish men living in the United States - one Hasidic, the other Reformed - find themselves both united and divided by their faith during World War II.

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

D810 .J4 F722 2004 DVD
180 minutes; released 1959
A dramatization of the life of Anne Frank based on the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank: The Miniseries

D810 .J4 F7213 2008 DVD
165 minutes; released 2008
A five-episode miniseries dramatization of the life of Anne Frank adapted for the screen by Deborah Moggach.

Distant Journey = Daleka Cesta

D804.45 .C95 D578 2005 DVD
98 minutes; released 1949.
Shot shortly after WWII, this is one of the first films to deal with the Holocaust. The story follows Dr. Hannah Kaufmann and her family from the time of the Nazi Occupation of Prague through her experiences in the transit camp of Theresienstadt (modern Terezin). Audiotrack in Czech with optional English subtitles.

Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall = Musme si pomhat

PN1997 .M875 2001 DVD
122 minutes; released 2001.
A Czechoslovakian couple decides to hide a young Jewish neighbour in their home from the Nazis. In Czech with optional English subtitles.

Europa Europa

D804.3 .P4652 2003 DVD
114 minutes; released 1990.
In this harrowing true story, a young German Jew takes on various identities during the Second World War in order to hide his Jewish heritage. In German and Russian with English, French or Spanish subtitles. Starring Marco Hofschneider and Julie Delpy. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Focus

PS3525 .I5156 F592 2002 DVD
106 minutes; released 2001.
A New York man and woman are mistaken for being Jewish during World War II. Based on the novel by Arthur Miller. Starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern. Directed by Neal Slavin.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis = Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini

PQ4807 .A79 G52 2001 DVD
94 minutes; released 1970.
A wealthy Jewish family face the rise of Fascism in pre-World War II Italy. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. In Italian with English subtitles.

Gentleman's Agreement

PN1997 .G468 2002 DVD
118 minutes; released 1947.
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and soon discovers what it is to be a victim of religious intolerance. Directed by Elia Kazan.

God on Trial

God on Trial

PN1997.2 .G636 2009 DVD
86 minutes; released 2008.
A group of Auschwitz prisoners begins to ask how God could allow so much suffering, and then decide to put God on trial for abandoning His chosen people.

Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg = God afton, Herr Wallenberg

DS135 .H9 G6 1990z DVD
115 minutes; released 1990.
The story of Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg who helped Hungarian Jews obtain Swedish passports to escape the Holocaust. In Swedish, German and Hungarian, with English subtitles. Starring Stellan Skarsgrd. Directed by Kjell Grede.

The Grey Zone

D805.5 .A96 G74 2002 DVD
108 minutes; released 2005.
Based on real-life events, this compelling and harrowing film chronicles a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz. Directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

The Hiding Place

D811.5 .T4272 2000z DVD
145 minutes; released 1975.
The true story of a Dutch family who helped to save Jews during World War II. Starring Julie Harris. Directed by James F. Collier.

Incident at Vichy

PS3525 .I5156 I52 2002 DVD
80 minutes; released 2073.
In a detention room in Nazi-occupied France, eight men suspected of being Jewish are awaiting interrogation before being either released or sent to concentration camps. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

Jakob the Liar

PN 1997 .J356 2000 DVD
120 minutes; released 1999.
In Nazi occupied Poland a Jewish cafe owner invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. His lies keep hope and humor alive among ghetto inhabitants, until the Germans begin to hunt for the resistance hero operating the radio which spreads these bulletins. Directed by Peter Kassovitz.

Kippur

Kippur

PN1997 .K57 2001 DVD
123 minutes; released 2000.
This film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War, when Israel battled Egypt and Syria in Sinai and the Golan Heights. Shown from the perspective of two Israeli soldiers serving on a rescue crew, the film depicts a horrific day of death and destruction as the crew tries to pick up the pieces in the wake of slaughter. Directed by Amos Gitai.

Life is Beautiful = La Vita e Bella

PN1997 .V58 1997 DVD
116 minutes; released 1997.
Guido lives his life full of spirit and imagination in the Tuscan town of Arezzo ignoring the anti-Semitic racism brewing in 1939. In 1945, when sent to a concentration camp, Guido focusses all his energy on saving those he loves. In Italian with English subtitles.

Miracle at Moreaux

Miracle at Moreaux

PN 1997 .M56 2003 DVD
58 minutes; released 1985.
Three Jewish children fleeing Nazi-occupied France find refuge in a Catholic school. Starring Loretta Swit. Directed by Paul Shapiro.

The Murderers Are Among Us = Die Morder Sind Unter Uns

PT2639 .T24 M87 1999 DVD
81 minutes; released 1946.
Haunted by their war experiences, a concentration camp survivor and a former officer and surgeon in the German army try to move forward with their lives. In German with English subtitles.

Out of the Ashes

D805 .P7 P362 2004 DVD
113 minutes; released for TV 2003.
A Jewish Hungarian doctor is accused of collaborating with the Nazis at Auschwitz. Directed by Joseph Sargent.

The Pianist

DS135 .P63 S94722 2003b
148 minutes; released 2002.
Based on the true story of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilmany, a Polish Jew, who avoided being deported to a Nazi death camp during World War II by hiding in the ruins of Warsaw. Directed by Roman Polanski.

Schindler's List

PR9619.3 .K46 S32 2004 DVD
196 minutes; released 1993.
The true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during World War II. Starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, and Carol Goodall. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Seventh Chamber of Edith Stein

PN1997 .S374 1996 VHS
110 minutes
A dramatization of the life of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz. In French with English subtitles.

Sophie's Choice

PS3569 .T9 S672 1998 DVD
150 minutes; released 1982.
A Polish-Catholic woman who has survived a Nazi concentration camp falls in love with a Jew in 1947 Brooklyn. In English, with optional Spanish subtitles. Based on the novel by William Styron. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.

The Truce = La Tregua

D805 .P7 L482 2003 DVD
118 minutes; released 1997.
Based on the true-story of Italian Jew, Primo Levi's release from Auschwitz and return to his homeland. Starring John Turturro. Directed by Francesco Rosi.

Ulysses

Ulysses

PR6019 .O9 U42 2000 DVD
124 minutes; released 1967.
One day in the life of a middle-aged Irish Jew. Based on the novel by James Joyce.

Varian's War

DS135 .F83 V37 2002 DVD
115 minutes; released 2001.
The fact-based story of the man known as "America's Schindler", Varian Fry, who helped more than 2,000 Jews, including many well-known artists and writers, escape from France during the Holocaust. Starring William Hurt and Julia Ormond. Directed by Lionel Chetwynd.

Voyage of the Damned

DS126 .T452 2009 DVD
158 minutes; released 1976.
The fact-based story of the MS St. Louis, an ocean liner carrying Jewish refugees from Germany to Cuba in 1939.
Starring Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow, Oskar Werner, Malcolm McDowell, Orson Welles, and James Mason.