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Holocaust Documentaries - A List of Documentaries About The Holocaust

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Orchestra of Exiles

First Run Features
In Orchestra of Exiles, filmmaker Josh Aronson presents the gripping story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who escaped the onslaught of Nazi terror in his home land and settled in Palestine, but then returned to Europe, risking his own personal safety, to rescue some of the world's greatest musicians from the holocaust. With his colleagues and compatriots, Huberman established one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Palestine Philharmonic, which would later become the Israeli Philharmonic. Using rarely seen archival footage of performances and social events, as well as insightful interviews with today's most acclaimed international concert musicians -- including Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and others -- and a stirring sound track with clips from performances by Huberman and others, this film brings Huberman's inspiring story to life and honors the maestro with the praise he deserves. Read my full review.

The Rape of Europa

The Rape of Europa is a gripping nonfiction thriller about the systematic plunder of Europe's great art treasures by the Nazis during the years of Third Reich and World War II. Centered around the theft of Gustav Klimpt's famous Gold Portrait, stolen in 1938 from a family of Viennese Jews, then eventually recovered and returned to them after the war, this fascinating documentary tells how the Nazis stole paintings, sculptures, religious and decorative art and other treasures from museums and private collections in all of the countries they occupied, and chronicles the complexities authorities encountered in trying to recover and return them after the war. Read my full review.

Six Million and One

Nancy Fishman Film Releasing
Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher documents the journey in which he and his siblings set off to visit the concentration camps in which their father was imprisoned while he struggled to survive the Nazi holocaust. Fisher and his siblings -- Gideon, Ronel and Estee Fisher Heim -- learned of the specifics of father's harrowing survival struggle only upon his death, when David discovered and read his handwritten memoir. David was the only one who could bring himself to read the memoir, but he convinced his brother and sisters to come with him when he went to Gusen to see the place his father so vividly described in the memoir. He thought it would be a healing journey. They resisted, but eventually joined in -- and learned a lot about themselves, as well as their father. Read my full review.

Steal A Pencil For Me

Red Envelope Entertainment
Award-winning filmmaker Michele Ohayon's documentary is a touching tale of true love between Jack and Ina Polak, who celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2006. In the film, they talk about how they met in Amsterdam in 1943 during the Nazi occupation, fell in love, survived the concentration camps and married. After the war, they moved to the U.S. Their sustaining strength, indomitable spirit, and dedication to each other is absolutely inspiring. Read my full review.

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