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Liberation

BOOKS

  • Robert H. Abzug, Inside the Vicious Heart (Oxford).
  • Jon Bridgman, The End of the Holocaust: The Liberation of the Camps (Areopagitica Press).
  • Liberation (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).

AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL — Liberation

To Bear Witness
41 minutes, 16mm, color.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Filmed at the 1981 Liberators Conference in Washington, D.C., this film presents an extraordinary series of interviews with survivors and liberators of the Nazi concentration camps.

Liberation
100 minutes.
Recommended for high school an up.
The film deals with the Allied campaign to liberate Europe and the Nazi genocidal war against the Jews. It begins in 1942 and ends with the opening of the death camps.

The Long Way Home
116 Minutes.
Recommended for junior high school and up.
This film deals with the period from the liberation to the creation of the State of Israel and the challenges the survivors faced in recreating their identity from the remnants of their destroyed world.

In Their Words
30 minutes, videotape.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This award-winning tape was produced by the Southeastern Florida Holocaust Memorial Center and contains interviews with Holocaust survivors and American soldiers who participated in the liberation of the extermination camps.

Memory of a Moment
10 minutes, videotape, color, black and white.
Recommended for all ages.
In this MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour segment, two men whose lives touched 40 years ago are reunited on the anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald. Waisman who had been imprisoned in the German concentration camp and Leon Bass, a black American who participated in the liberation of the camp, recall their experiences. Bass was the first black man Waisman had ever seen. As a black soldier in a segregated army, Bass’s personal pain gave him a special perspective.

Reunion
21 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Documents the liberation of prisoners from Nazi concentration camps and describes in human terms the formidable logistics of returning the displaced persons to their homes after the war.

You Are Free
20 minutes, videotape, color and black and white
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film focuses on interviews with five people who were present when the liberation of the camps took place, four Americans who liberated the camps and one woman who survived them.