Today is Israel’s Holocaust memorial day. Nevertheless, Israel doesn’t have any ceremonies or memorials today due to COVID 19. Moreover, the entire world is stuck at home and cannot go to Holocaust memorials that are held in Jewish communities. Fortunately for us, the film industry has filled that gap and gave us numerous films that could connect between us and the terrifying Jewish experience during the Second World War. Here are some recommendations for Holocaust films, followed by recommendations for documentary films that give you the information you need to know.
Holocaust Films in Fiction and Non-Fiction
Life is Beautiful (1997)
A story about a family in a concentration camp trying to cope with not interacting with each other. During the late 90’s it was a daring and hard movie to watch; it has comical features and elements of a true tragedy of the Jewish people in the Holocaust.
The Pianist (2002)
We wrote on this website about the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a famous Polish composer and pianist in Warsaw. The plot is exciting and you could learn a lot about living in the infamous Warsaw ghetto, which was the home of over 450,000 Jews during the war.
Son of Saul (2015)
The relatively new Hungarian drama film gets us into the Auschwitz-Birkenau death and concentration camp. It’s a story based on the story of Saul Oselander, that was determined to bury a child that died in the camp, and takes part in the camp uprising.
Schindler’s List (1993)
A classic movie about the actions of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman that employed Jewish workers in his factory. The film shows Liam Neeson in his best acting performance and considered to be an all-time classic. We wrote about the real story of Oskar Schindler right here on our page.
Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution” (2005)
A mini-series that includes interviews with inmates and guards in the Auschwitz death camp. They took those interviews and combined them with old videos and new staged scenes based on historical events and information provided by the interviewees. This combination created a masterpiece that illustrates the story of the death and concentration camp.
French Documentary film that took 11 years to make, and is over nine hours long. In this long film, there are numerous interviews with survivors, witnesses and perpetrators. People usually watch this film in 5 parts, and it connects a lot of different events in the Holocaust.
The Flat (2011)
A family clears out an apartment that belongs to their beloved grandma. In that apartment, they find special stories from the Holocaust, and it leads them on a search around the globe for descendants of Nazi soldiers and evidence of her memory. This movie is Israel, so you might brush your Hebrew.
There are a Lot of Films about The Holocaust
During Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel) all the entertainment channels are closed, and they show documentaries and Holocaust films. This day occurs every year around April and brings the Jewish nation all over the world together. An entire religion stands still, as it remembers what could happen if it doesn’t have a country during harsh times.
There aren’t a lot of Holocaust survivors left. Only 400,000 Holocaust survivors are still alive, but that wouldn’t be the case in 10 years from now. We need to realize that those kinds of crimes were committed by people on people. The damages of the Nazi war machine teaches many lessons about the nature of human beings.
There were some people during the war that hosted Jews despite the danger of the Nazi regime; they were called Righteous Among The Nations.