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About the Holocaust 
26 min / Color & B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00004
A young American woman, daughter of a survivor of the death camps, tells about her personal search for knowledge of the Holocaust years and she explains why the study of the Holocaust is important now. This videotape includes firsthand accounts from a number of survivors and documentary footage.
Subject(s): 2nd Generation
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Act of Faith 
28 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS Film (F 12-100) / VCH00061
This dramatic story of the heroic Danish resistance movement against Hitler was originally presented on CBS-TV. Filmed in Denmark, it is a firsthand account of the role played by the Danish people in saving their Jewish countrymen from Nazi extermination.
Subject(s): Resistance; Denmark
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Adolf Hitler 
12 min / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00456
This film biography features both animation and documentary footage to present the story of Hitler’s career as well as the progress of Germany from the time of its defeat in World War I until the end of the Nazi period at the close of World War II. It presents the forces at work in Germany which created and motivated the Nazi regime.
Subject(s): Hitler; Nazism; Germany
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Sciences

All Jews Out 
82 minutes / Color & B/W General Audience / VHS / VCH00474
This documentary by Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher outlines the story of the Jewish Auerbacher family from the German town of Goppingen. It includes home movies of the family from the 1930s and follows Inge through her deportation to the Nazi formed ghetto of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, where she was imprisoned for 3-1/2 years. Included are contemporary interviews of people in Goppingen including former Nazi Party members.
Subject(s): survivors; Nazi Germany; Theresienstadt
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film

9 min / B/W HS+ / VHS / VCH00088
This short film, with minimal dialogue, gives a powerful and perceptive view of the nature of the extermination process, although there are no scenes of horror in it. It shows a group of children, with their teacher, being held in a barbed wire enclosure just prior to being forced into an extermination van. The attitudes of the children, their teacher, and their guards and murderers will stimulate classroom discussion.
Subject(s): Nazi Atrocities; children

America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
87 min / Color & B/W General Audience / VHS / VCH00386
This video explores the painful and difficult story of America’s response to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators. Using interviews, archival photos and documents, and home movies and film from the time, the program traces the tragic story of America’s inaction on two levels: through the experiences of Kurt Klein, a Jewish refugee trying to save his parents, and through documented evidence of the U.S. government’s official policy.
Subject(s): America; Survivor
Vendor: PBS Video

The American Expression: Radio Priest
58 min / Color & B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00182
During the Depression, Father Charles Coughlin was almost as popular as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Millions of Americans listened every Sunday to the “Radio Priest” as he led a popular protest against the nation’s economic and social system. Coughlin eventually began allying himself with the fascists that were gaining control of Europe. He used the airwaves for anti-democratic messages.
Subject(s): Anti-Semitism in the United States
Vendor: PBS Video


56 minutes / Color Adult / VHS / VCH00473
This is an analysis of the lives and careers of three Jewish comedians whose parents were Holocaust survivors. It surveys the effects of their legacy on their brands of humor and performance styles. The film includes excerpts of their stage performances as well as personal interviews and analyses of their humor both by experts on Jewish humor and by psychiatrists.
Subject(s): survivors; second generation; psychology
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film

Anne Frank in Maine
30 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00134
A Junior High School class in Maine learns about the Holocaust. Students question adults who lived through those years. Gradually the whole community becomes involved, and when the class decides to perform the “Diary of Anne Frank,” the local church provides the stage. The ministry, townspeople, students and parents comment on the Holocaust study program and its effect on the children involved. Helpful for those developing programs for teaching about the Holocaust in their communities.
Subject(s): Holocaust Education; Anne Frank
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Anne Frank Remembered
117 minutes / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00575
This is a documentary film using archival photos and documents to present the life of Anne Frank and her family from her years in Frankfurt through her final years in Amsterdam.
Subject(s): Anne Frank; Nazi Persecution
Vendor: Social Science School Service

Anschluss + 50 Years
14 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00150
This is a major program for those who wonder what became of all the Nazis after WW II. When Hitler annexed Austria in 1938, his entry into Vienna was greeted by half a million cheering Austrians. The debate over Waldheim’s Nazi past has raised questions about Austrians today. Were they victims or collaborators during the war? If they were Nazis then, are they still? This segment is from “60 Minutes” with Mike Wallace. Interviews with Austrians of all ages and political stripes, a young Austrian Jew and Kurt Waldheim.
Subject(s): Austria; Waldheim; Anti-Semitism; Collaboration; anschluss
Vendor: Films for the Humanities Inc.

The Architecture of Doom
119 minutes / BW & Color HS + / VHS / VCH00585
A penetrating analysis of Nazi ideology which extends beyond the scope of ordinary politics. It claims that the underlying motivation was an extreme aesthetic aspiration to return beauty to the world – to counteract the miscegenation and degeneration that defiled it – through sheer violence.
Subject(s): Nazi Ideology
Vendor: First Run/Icarus Films

The Armenian Case
43 min / Color HS+ / VHS / VCH00263
Survivors of Turkish atrocities and European and American eyewitness accounts recall the chilling historical events that were to shape the destiny of the Armenian people. The film includes notable sequences on World War I, President Wilson, the battle of Sardarabad, the establishment of the Republic of Armenia, and the rebuilding of Armenian life in the worldwide diaspora.
Subject(s): Genocide; Armenians
Vendor: Atlantis Productions

The Armenian Genocide
26 minutes / Color & BW Grades 9-12 / VHS /
This documentary raises questions about ethnic and racial discrimination by using the 1915-1923 annihilation by the Ottoman Empire as a case example.
Subject(s): Armenian Genocide
Vendor: Social Studies School Service


An Armenian Journey
58 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00238
For 75 years, a bitter debate has raged over the death of more than one million Armenians in eastern Turkey during World War I. Were they casualties of war or the victims of a calculated effort by Turkish officials to exterminate the Armenian people? Theodore Bogosian, an American journalist of Armenian descent, documents his personal quest for the truth in “An Armenian Journey.”
Subject(s): Genocide; Armenians
Vendor: Films Incorporated

Art & Remembrance: 
The Legacy of Felix Nussbaum
29 min / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00419
This is the story of Felix Nussbaum, the German-Jewish artist who, during four years of hiding in Brussels, created a major body of paintings about European Jews during the Holocaust. One month before the liberation of Brussels, he was turned in to the Gestapo, sent on the last transport to Auschwitz, and murdered.
Subject(s): Art
Vendor: First Run/Icarus Films

As If It Were Yesterday
85 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00032
This film documents the heroism of the Belgian people who, during the Nazi occupation, hid or helped more than 4,000 Jewish children to escape deportation and extermination, often doing so at the risk of their own lives.
Subject(s): Belgium; Righteous Gentiles; Hiding Children
Vendor: Almi Home Video Corp.

15 min / BW General Audience / VHS / VCH00439
A documentary history of the Jews of the German area spanning the course of 1000 years. (Poor quality film)
Subject(s): Germany
Vendor: Alden Films

The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
56 min / Color & B/W HS+ / VHS / VCH00401
Reinhard Heydrich was considered the most dangerous man after Hitler. This documentary drama tells of the plot to assassinate him, which was masterminded in England and carried through to finality in Prague in 1942.
Subject(s): Resistance
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Assignment Rescue
26 minutes / BW & Color General Audience / VHS /
A documentary about the heroic efforts of Varian Fry, the American editor of LIVING AGE magazine, in rescuing 200 famous intellectual refugees from the hands of the Nazis at the start of World War II in 1940.
Subject(s): Varian Fry; Rescue
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

The Assisi Underground
115 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00049
Based on the best-selling documentary novel, this film sheds light on the work done by the Catholic Church and the people of Assisi to rescue several hundred Italian Jews from Nazi execution following the German occupation of Italy in 1943.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Italy; Docu-drama
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

At the Crossroads – Jews in Eastern Europe Today
59 min / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00333
Yale Strom, Klezmer musician, travelled with fellow filmmaker Oren Rudavsky to eastern Europe to explore the lives of Jews there. This video shows the vacuum left by the Holocaust reflected in the faces of older Jews, in empty streets, and in the music that once filled cities. What is surprising is not the devastation they find among elderly survivors and closed synagogues, but the revival of Jewish identity, particularly in Hungary but also in Poland, which had its last official anti-Jewish movement a mere 23 years ago.
Subject(s): Contemporary Jewish Life – Eastern Europe;
Poland; Hungary; Czechoslovakia
Vendor: Arthur Cantor Films


The Attic
95 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00353
This historically accurate drama is based on the book, “Anne Frank Remembered,” by Miep Gies, a Dutch woman who risked everything to help her Jewish friends.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; Anne Frank; Docu-drama
Vendor: Zenger Media

Au Revoir Les Enfants
103 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00188
Based on filmaker, Louis Malle’s experiences at boarding school during the Nazi occupation of France, this film documents the story of a Catholic schoolboy and his Jewish friend who is being sheltered at the school by a courageous French priest. After an act of betrayal, the Gestapo deports the Jewish youngster and the priest to Auschwitz.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles; France; Docu-drama
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Auschwitz and The Allies
113 min / Color & B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00115
In June, 1944 two escapees from the most organized center of mass murder in history brought the story of its existence to the Allies. Both men tell their story publicly for the first time in this film. Unfortunately, the general reaction to the news of the death camps was disbelief.
Subject(s): Auschwitz; Nazi Atrocities
Vendor: Films Incorporated

Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died
28 minutes / JHS + / VHS / VCH00586
A documentary video chronicling the journey of two Holocaust survivors as they revisit the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Subject(s): Survivors; Auschwitz
Vendor: Impact America Foundation

The Avenue of the Just
58 min / Color JHS+ / VHS Film / VCH00053
The title refers to the tree-lined walk at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial honoring righteous Gentiles who saved Jewish lives. There are interviews with men and women who sacrificed for others, and with some of the people they saved.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Back to Ararat
95 min / Color HS+ / VHS / VCH00262
A journey along the path of the long Armenian death march of 1915. From the former Armenia, now in ruins in present-day Turkey, to the Armenian Diaspora throughout the world, we are guided by some of those who survived the genocide of 1915. We experience the spirit of “Glasnost” in Soviet Armenia, where Armenians have found a cultural homeland, and we meet Armenians living in war-torn Beirut.
Subject(s): Armenians; Genocide
Vendor: First Run Features

Beate Klarsfeld; Bringing Nazi War Criminals to Justice
30 min / color General Audience / VHS / VCH00417
Beate Klarsfeld, who brought Klaus Barbie and other Nazi war criminals to justice, describes her work in documenting, tracking down, and punishing those who planned and ordered the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Nazi War Criminals
Vendor: Films for the Humanities

Because of that War
90 minutes / color General Audience / VHS /
A documentary by two of Israel’s top rock musicians, both children of Holocaust survivors, detailing their parents’ experiences during the war, and how the knowledge of their background has influenced their lives and careers.
Subject(s): Second Generation; Music
Vendor: Sisu Home Entertainment, Inc.

Bergen-Belsen, United States Congress Tour of Camps in 1945
30 min / Color & B/W Adult / VHS / VCH00092
Pictorial essay of Bergen-Belsen narrated by the daughter of the special messenger who had been sent there by the Pentagon to photograph the camp, which had been liberated by British forces. Also includes an interview with a former U.S. Representative who was part of a congressional committee invited by General Eisenhower to view the camps in 1945 and report to the American public.
Subject(s): Concentration camps; Bergen Belsen; Liberation
Vendor: Emory University


Bergen-Belsen, Woebbelin and Gardelegen Massacres
30 min / Color & B/W Adult / VHS / VCH00094
A sergeant with the Royal Canadian Air Force led a group of volunteers from his unit into Bergen-Belsen with food and medical supplies. He and a witness to the Woebbelin and Gardelegen massacres, where hundreds of Jews were burned alive inside an old warehouse, describe what they saw.
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Nazi Atrocities
Vendor: Emory University

The Bielski Brothers
53 Minutes / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00544
Documentary about brothers in Byelorussia who commanded the largest Jewish partisan group in occupied Europe during World War II.
Subject(s): resistance; partisans
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Sciences

A Biography of Adolf Hitler
14 min / Color JHS+ / VHS Film Strip (FS-138) / VCH00144
Uses Associated Press news photographs in a documentary format to capture the essential dynamics of Hitler as one who began World War II and some of the most inhuman events in history, including the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Hitler
Vendor: Scott Education

The Birdman
12 min / Color 6th grade+ / VHS / VCH00129
On a farm in Israel there is a private aviary built by Eiton Porat, a concentration camp survivor who has dedicated the aviary to Israel’s children. They come there from the cities to be closer to nature, to enjoy the startling beauty of his rare birds, and to hear him speak of his experiences during the Holocaust. In documenting a day with Porat and visitors, the film reveals the special qualities of this man for whom the past is inextricably tied to the future.
Subject(s): Survivors
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Blood in the Face
75 min / Color HS+ / VHS / VCH00355
This film is a compelling, darkly humorous look at the radical right in America. This feature documentary shows members of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, Posse Comitatus, American Nazi Party and Euro-American Alliance (members as well as) several Canadian fascists whose avowed goal is to forge a cohesive political brotherhood which will create an Aryan Nation on the North American continent.
Subject(s): Neo-Nazis; Feature Documentary;
Vendor: First Run Icarus Films

Blood Money: Switzerland’s Nazi Gold
100 minutes / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00593
A documentary about Switzerland’s financial dealings with Nazi Germany during World War II.
Subject(s): Switzerland; Nazi Gold
Vendor: Ergo Home Video

The Blum Affair (Affaire Blum)
90 min / BW HS+ / VHS / VCH00245
In this drama, set in Germany in 1928, a young man stands to lose his home, and kills another man to get some money. The case becomes complicated when a Jewish factory owner, Dr. Blum, is charged with the crime. The film depicts the feel and sentiment of the times, as the press, the police, and the justice system react.
Subject(s): Germany – Nazi Anti-Semitism; Fiction
Vendor: German Language Video Center

The Boat is Full
104 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00034
This is the haunting story of a group of Jewish refugees who escape from Nazi Germany and seek asylum in Switzerland. Soon the village in which they are hiding becomes aware of their true identity and their deportation seems imminent. They are forced back to the German border – not by the Nazis, but by ordinary Swiss civilians who are indifferent to the plight of refugees. Switzerland’s immigration policies were so stringent that by 1942 the country was declared “a full lifeboat.” The struggle of those who sought freedom is explored in depth and with compassion.
Subject(s): Jewish Refugees in Switzerland; Escape Attempts; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service


The Bookseller
30 min / BW General Audience / VHS / VCH00436
A dramatization of the book, “Rescue in Denmark,” depicting the heroic actions of the people of Denmark during the Nazi occupation of the country, and of their rescue of 98% of Denmark’s Jews. (Film in poor quality)
Subject(s): Denmark; rescue; resistance
Vendor: Alden Films

Born in Berlin
85 min / General Audience / VHS / VCH00423
This film follows three young girls who called Berlin home during the 1930s, until Nazi racial laws shattered their marginally Jewish lives in their quest for identity. Filmed on location in Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, and Israel, this documentary traces the lives of these women from pre-war Berlin through the traumas of war and its aftermath.
Subject(s): Survivors
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film

Both Sides of the Wire
47 min / Color HS / VHS / VCH00396
This documentary chronicles the experiences of German and Austrian refugees, the majority of whom were Jewish. They came to England to escape Nazi oppression, only to be deported and interned in Canada as “dangerous aliens” in 1940 . . . and what became of them 50 years later.
Subject(s): German refugees; Austrian refugees; Canada; England; Enemy aliens
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Bound for Nowhere – The St. Louis Episode
9 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00255
This tape contains extraordinary authentic film of the historic voyage of the 937 Jewish refugees who set sail from Hamburg, Germany on May 13, 1939 for Cuba. Denied entry into Cuba and refused landing in the U.S., the ship wandered the high seas for five weeks, until forced to return to Europe. The role of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in helping the passengers to find a haven in Holland, Belgium, England and France is recounted.
Subject(s): The St. Louis Voyage; Emigration
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film

Breaking The Silence
60 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00060
Interviews and group rap sessions with survivors and the second generation interspersed with psychological explanations by professionals.
Subject(s): Survivors; Second Generation; Psychology
Vendor: PBS

30 min / Color & B/W Adult / VHS / VCH00089
Three young soldiers who were fighting the war in Europe came across Buchenwald almost by accident, unaware of the horrors inside. The American GI’s, all with the Engineer Combat Battalion, describe the inmates’ weakness and starvation and how they were used for medical experiments. Includes some authentic photographs taken by these men, and archival concentration camps film footage taken when the camps were liberated.
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Buchenwald;
Liberation; Nazi Atrocities
Vendor: Emory University

Buchenwald – Liberator Meets Survivor
30 min / Color HS+ / VHS / VCH00096
Alex Gross, a survivor, and William Scott, a liberator, give their testimonies on “Witness to the Holocaust Project.”
Subject(s): Buchenwald; Concentration Camp; Survivors; Liberation
Vendor: Emory University

The Camera of My Family
18 min / Color & B/W 6th Grade+ / VHS Filmstrip / VCH00045
Four generations of a German Jewish family are brought to life with material dating from 1845-1945. One of the best teaching tools available, this film, though gentle in its approach, easily leads to discussions about the attitudes of German Jews, their sense of national identity, their intense patriotism, and their inability to grasp what was happening.
Subject(s): Rise of Nazism in Germany; Anti-Semitism; Prejudice
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League


Camp of Hope and Despair – Witnesses of Westerbork
70 min / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00404
Westerbork in Eastern Holland was the last stop on Dutch soil for more than 100,000 Dutch Jews, before being deported to the concentration camps. In spite of the air of impending doom, Jewish classes, celebrations, religious services and weddings continued on a regular basis. Through the eyewitness accounts of survivors, as well as remarkable photographs and films, one comes to understand the overall picture of daily life in Westerbork. Voice over.
Subject(s): Holland; Westerbork ; Spiritual Resistance; Dutch Jews
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

Charlie Grant’s War
125 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00048
Charlie Grant, a Canadian diamond broker working in Vienna in the 1930’s gradually becomes aware of the Nazi threat to Jewish lives, and works underground to help 600 Jews leave Europe. This film tells the true story of one Canadian who made a difference, and is a condemnation of the Canadian government which allowed only 5,000 Jewish refugees to enter its country.
Subject(s): Holocaust-Vienna; Emigration; Docu-drama
Vendor: Zenger Media

Chasing Shadows
52 min / Color & B/W General Audience / VHS / VCH00325
After 45 years Hugo Gryn returns to his hometown, Berehovo, in Carpathia – once part of Czechoslovakia and until the making of this film, closed to visitors from the West. It is a glimpse of a time when half the town was Jewish, and evokes the world of Hugo’s childhood. But that world has all but vanished, leaving only ghosts and shadows.
Subject(s): Jewish Life: Pre-Holocaust ; Czechoslovakia
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film

Child of Two Worlds
60 min / Color HS / VHS / VCH00405
In an effort to give their children a chance at life, many Jewish parents sent their children into hiding in Christian foster homes during World War II. This fascinating film focuses on five Jewish war orphans, now all in their fifties and sixties, how they survived the war, and how they eventually returned to their roots. Included in this video is the story of Halinka, a baby born in the Warsaw Ghetto, whose parents wrapped her in a pillow and threw her over the ghetto wall. She was caught by a Polish policeman and cared for by his family. In Dutch with English subtitles.
Subject(s): Hidden Children; Survivors
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

The Children from Villa Emma 
50 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00344
This authentic docudrama recreates the exciting rescue of a group of Jewish children from the Nazis by righteous gentiles of a small village in Northern Italy. Shot on location, this poignant film incorporates actors, rare archival footage, and moving interviews with the fortunate survivors. Hebrew with English sub-titles.
Subject(s): Children; Righteous Gentiles; Italy
Vendor: Israel Video

Children in the Holocaust
70 min / Color & B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00246
Depicting the plight of Jewish children during the Holocaust from the viewpoint of the now grown survivors, this film is a candid and personal account of the terrors of the period as seen through the eyes of children.
Subject(s): Children ; Survivors
Vendor: Phoenix Films & Video Inc.


The Children of Izieu
28 min / Color & B/W HS / VHS / VCH00413
In 1944, one month before the end of WW II, the Gestapo from Leon, under Klaus Barbie, sent two vans to the French village of Izieu. The mission was to exterminate the children of an orphanage known as La Maison d’Izieu. In a senseless raid, 44 Jewish children aged 4 to 17 years, and 5 adult caretakers were thrown into a van and sent to Auschwitz and immediately gassed. The people who were interviewed in this film are the last living eyewitnesses to the raid, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, who hunted and brought Barbie to justice, and two hidden children who lived to bear witness.
Subject(s): Izieu; Children; Beate and Serge Klarsfeld; Klaus Barbie; France; Survivors
Vendor: The National Center for Jewish Film

Children of the Holocaust
51 min / Color HS / VHS / VCH00416
The story of four children who survived the Holocaust.
Subject(s): Survivors; Hidden Children

Children Remember the Holocaust
46 minutes / color 5th to 9th Grade / VHS / VCH00584
This documentary, based on the diaries of children who experienced the Holocaust, speaks to young people about their experiences.
Subject(s): Children in the Holocaust
Vendor: SVE/Churchill Media

Choosing One’s Way – Resistance in Auschwitz-Birkenau
30 min / Color HS / VHS / VCH00411
This video permits the ashes of Auschwitz to bear eloquent testimony. The focus of this documentary is a heretofore little-known story of resistance. Accomplished through the smuggling of gun powder from a nearby munitions factory, the inmates succeeded in the destruction of Crematorium #4. The film features thirteen survivors, each of whom contributes to the piecing together of this incredible story of heroism. Previously unavailable footage is featured for the first time. Narrated by Ellen Burstyn.
Subject(s): Resistance; Auschwitz; Birkenau
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

Countdown to War
90 min / Color JHS/ VHS / VCH00460
This film presents an overview of Hitler’s manipulation of the nations of the world and how they reacted.
Subject(s): Docu-Drama; World War II
Vendor: Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Courage to Care
28 min / Color HS+ / VHS 16mm / VCH00055
An unforgettable encounter with ordinary people who refused to succumb to Nazi tyranny. These people followed their conscience while others “followed orders.” They fed strangers, kept secrets, and provided hiding places. Their actions were exceptional in an era marked by apathy and complicity.
Subject(s): Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

The Cross and the Star
55 min / Color JHS / VHS / VCH00324
This video boldly examines the Christian anti-Semitism that may have paved the way for the Holocaust. It argues that the ideological seeds which developed into the Nuremberg laws and then the death camps may have been sown into Christian dogma many centuries prior to the rise of the Third Reich. The video questions the absence of foreign governments, institutional churches, and Christian neighbors while the Nazi atrocities were being committed. Director Michalczyk, a former Jesuit priest, utilizes archival footage of Nazi Germany and interviews over 30 Holocaust survivors, scholars, and Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergy.
Subject(s): Anti-Semitism; Christianity
Vendor: First Run Icarus Films

30 min / B/W HS+ / VHS / VCH00098
Two Americam G.I.s, (one a first lieutenant with the 191 Tank Battalion and one a supply officer for the 54 field hospital unit), discuss the liberation of Dachau, the first concentration camp built by the Nazis, and the effect the Holocaust has on their lives. Includes authentic photographs and archival World War II film footage.
Subject(s): Dachau Liberators
Vendor: Emory University


Daniel’s Story
14 min / B/W 4th Grade+ / VHS / VCH00371
This story is based upon the experiences of real children who lived at the time of the Holocaust. The video is issued in conjunction with the exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This is the only exhibit that the Museum feels is appropriate for children 8 years and up to view.
Subject(s): Children; Germany; Fiction
Vendor: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Danish Resistance: The Power of Conscience & The Rescue of the Jews
55 minutes / color General Audience / VHS / VCH00604
The video features the testimony of prisoners and saboteurs, the rescuers and the rescued, to tell the story of the Danish people who refused to cooperate with the Nazis, and who rescued almost the entire Danish-Jewish community of 7000 from the hands of the Nazis.
Subject(s): Denmark; Resistance
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

30 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00223
In 1939 the Jewish community of Danzig, made up of assimilated German Jews and more recent arrivals from Eastern Europe, responded to the Nazi threat by agreeing to sell their property and possessions, both personal and communal, to the Free City of Danzig for the purpose of financing emigration for those who could not come up with the capital to finance their own emigration. One thousand Jews from Danzig managed to survive the Holocaust as a result of the community’s extraordinary foresight. The Great Synagogue, with its 1600 seats, was sacrificed, but many of the community’s sacred and ritual objects were carted off to New York intact, including a collection of European Jewish Art that was housed in the Synagogue’s museum collection. Forty years later the objects and some of the survivors are reunited at an exhibition held at the Jewish Museum in New York.
Subject(s): Danzig – Jewish Community; Nazi War Crimes
Vendor: National Center for Jewish Film

Dark Lullabies
82 min / Color HS+ / VHS / VCH00180
A film about a generation possessed, a generation preoccupied by a history in which it played no part. Seen through the eyes of filmmaker Irene Lilienheim Angelico, a child of survivors, this film explores the impact of the Holocaust on a generation of Jews and Germans born after the war. Now in their twenties and thirties, many children of survivors “the second generation” feel deeply affected by their parents’ ordeal, just as their German contemporaries live with a burden of confusion and guilt about the crimes of their parents’ generation.
Subject(s): Second Generation
Vendor: National Film Board of Canada

Das Leben von Adolf Hitler
101 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00168
Never before seen archival footage from Europe. Includes the rise of the Nazi party, the years after the first World War, hyperinflation of currency, the first still and motion pictures of Hitler, the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler’s years in jail and rebuilding of the party, and much more. It is all there, from the beginning to the end, in one of the most valuable, spellbinding, horrible but true documentaries ever filmed. (In English)
Subject(s): History – Nazism
Vendor: Gould Media Inc.

125 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00160
David is a young German Jewish teenager who is caught up in the Nazi persecution, eventually losing his home and family to the Holocaust. He survived as a victim and witness in this poetic but brutal drama filmed in Germany. (German with English sub-titles)
Subject(s): Survivor – Germany
Vendor: Zenger Media

A Day in October
96 min / Color JHS / VHS / VCH00372
Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of Denmark in 1943, this video tells of a Danish resistance fighter and one Jewish family caught up in the forces of history,.and emphasizes the power of ordinary citzens and how they were able to resist evil.
Subject(s): Resistance; Denmark; Righteous Gentiles; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service


A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto – A Birthday Trip in Hell
30 min / B/W Adult / VHS / VCH00331
In 1941, a Wehrmacht sergeant celebrated his 43rd birthday by illegally photographing inside the Warsaw Ghetto. The photographs were hidden for over 40 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.
Subject(s): Warsaw Ghetto; Diaries; Yiddish Songs
Vendor: Filmakers Library

The Death Camps
17 min, 8 sec / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00430
The video contains historical footage, still photos, background information and commentary by former New York Times executive editor A.M. Rosenthal. Also appearing is Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. (The video is part of a learning packet including various educational resource materials for teaching about the Holocaust.)
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Ghettos; Auschwitz; Dachau; Buchenwald
Vendor: Educational Media

Death March of the Jews from the Camp at Flossenburg
45 minutes / Color JHS and up / VHS / VCH00594
Documentary of the forced march enforced by the Nazis toward the end of World War II
Subject(s): Nazi Concentration Camps; Death Marches; Flossenburg
Vendor: Ergo Home Video

Debajo Del Mundo
100 min / Color JHS+ / VHS / VCH00215
A Polish Jewish working family’s relative calm is shattered when the Nazis invade Poland. Choosing to avoid deportation by the Germans, they move underground. (Spanish with English sub-titles)
Subject(s): Poland; Holocaust; Docu-drama
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center

A Debt to Honor
29 min, 35 sec / Color General Audience / VCR /
An unforgettable encounter with ordinary people who refused to succumb to Nazi tyranny. These people followed their consciences while others “followed orders.” They fed strangers, kept secrets, and provided hiding places. Their actions were exceptional in an era marked by apathy and complicity.
Subject(s): Rescue; Italy; Righteous Gentiles
Vendor: Documentaries International Film & Video Foundation

Degenerate Art
60 minutes / Color General Audience / VHS /
This documentary examines the context of the Nazis’ 1937 Munich exhibition and villification of avant-garde art. The film includes footage of Nazi book burnings, shots of the original exhibition and interviews with historians and art critics.
Subject(s): Nazi Propaganda; Nazi Cultural Control
Vendor: PBS Video

The Demjanjuk Trial: A Moment in History
15 min / Color & B/W HS+ / VHS / VCH00009
In 1981 John Demjanjuk was brought to trial in Cleveland, Ohio accused of concealing his Nazi past when he came to the United States more than 25 years earlier. The evidence against Demjanjuk is presented. Testimony of survivors of Treblinka is heard and the effects of the trial on Cleveland’s Jewish and Ukrainian communities are analyzed.
Subject(s): War Criminals; John Demjanjuk.
Vendor: Anti-Defamation League

Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)
62 min / B/W Selected Audiences / VHS / VCH00161
This classic anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda film interprets Judaism according to Nazi racial theories. It was used by the Nazi regime to incite the German population against the Jews. (German with English sub-titles)
Subject(s): Nazi Racial Propaganda; Anti-Semitism
Vendor: International Historic Films


Diamonds in the Snow
59 min / Color & B/W General Audience / VHS /
Three women born in Bendzin, Poland recall a childhood of hiding from the Nazis and reflect on the Polish-Christian rescuers who saved their lives. Of the thousands of Jewish children in this western Polish city at the time of the German invasion, barely a dozen survived the war. The story of this vanished Jewish community – conveyed through interviews and archival film and photos – forms a tragic counterpoint to the luck of these few children and the bravery of those Jews and Gentiles responsible for saving them.
Subject(s): Children in hiding; Righteous Gentiles; Poland; Bendzin
Vendor: Cinema Guild

Diamonds of the Night/A Bite To Eat
71 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00196
One of the breakthrough films of the Czech New Wave; based on a short story by Arnost Lustig, it is the tale of two boys who escape from a Nazi transport train. Told in a visual, surrealistic style. Also on the same tape is Nemec’s short film, “A Bite to Eat.” Czech dialogue with English subtitles.
Subject(s): Czechoslovakia; Escape; Fiction
Vendor: Facets Video

The Diary of Anne Frank
150 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00021
Anne Frank and her family take refuge in an attic hideaway for two years in order to escape Nazi persecution. The film attempts to capture their struggle to preserve a civilized life under increasingly desperate circumstances.
Subject(s): Holland; Righteous Gentiles; Anne Frank; Fiction
Vendor: Social Studies School Service

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives
60 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00261
This documentary film in three parts explores Bonhoeffer’s life and times in chronological fashion: the American experience; the early years of the Church Struggle; Bonhoeffer’s peace sermon at Fano; the underground seminary at Finkenwalde, the flight to America in 1939, his return to Germany; work in the resistance movement; and, finally, prison and death. Filmed in Germany and France, the movie features interviews with Bonhoeffer’s family, friends and co-workers, highlighting Dr. Eberhard Bethge, Bonhoeffer’s closest friend and chief biographer.
Subject(s): Christian Resistance
Vendor: First Run Icarus Films

Displaced Persons
48 min / Color & B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00283
Towards the end of 1947, the SS FEARLESS departed from the shores of Italy on the way to Palestine with several hundred “illegal” Jewish immigrants on board. This journey on the troubled waters was filmed and brought to life in this moving documentary.
Subject(s): Displaced Persons; Illegal Immigration
Vendor: Sisu Home Entertainment, Inc.

Divide and Conquer (Why We Fight Part II)
60 min / B/W JHS+ / VHS / VCH00209
A documentary in cooperation with the U.S. War Department, which explores why America joined the fight against the Axis powers.
Subject(s): History – World War II
Vendor: Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Doomed Voyage of the St. Louis
50 minutes / Color General Audience / VHS / VCH00600
A documentary about the passage of the German ocean liner St. Louis from Hamburg to Havana in 1939. The ship carried refugee Jewish passengers fleeing Nazi Germany with visas for Cuba. The Cuban denial of entry to these passengers and their forced return to Europe after being refused U.S. entry is the focus of this video.
Subject(s): Nazi Persecution; survivors
Vendor: Zenger Media


The Double Crossing – The Voyage of the St. Louis
29 min / Color & B/W Adult / VHS / VCH00332
On May 13, 1939, the luxury liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Nazi Germany, with over 900 Jewish refugees on board, bound for freedom in Havana, Cuba. At first they felt that they were on “a vacation cruise into freedom.” However, their happiness was short-lived. The Cuban government reneged on its promise and refused them entry into the country. Although 734 of the refugees held quota numbers for eventual admission into the United States, the effects of the Great Depression, isolationism, and anti-Semitism all contributed to an anti-immigrant mood here, and permission to enter here was refused. Archival footage, plus numerous interviews with survivors of the St. Louis, educate us about the past as well as sensitize us to the plight of all refugees, wherever they may be.
Subject(s): Emigration; Escape Attempts; Cuba; St. Louis Voyage
Vendor: Ergo Media Inc.

Drancy: A Concentration Camp in Paris, 1941-1944
55 min / B/W General Audience / VHS / VCH00458
The film details the complicity of the French authorities during the Nazi occupation in arresting and interning over 74,000 Jews in France prior to their transport to Auschwitz. It highlights the role of the French in rounding up the Jews and in the case of the Vichy regime, of instituting anti-Semitic laws on its own initiative. The film features interviews with survivors and with bystanders as well as rare archival footage.
Subject(s): Drancy; France; Vichy; anti-Semitism
Vendor: Filmakers Library