Schindler's List (DVD @ MU Libraries)A re-creation in fictional form of the story of Oskar Schindler, a German Catholic industrialist who, as a munitions manufacturer, saved more than 1,100 Jews from extermination during WWII
Defiance (DVD @ MU Libraries)Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland.
The Pianist (DVD @ MU Libraries))Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis
The Diary of Anne Frank (DVD @ MU Libraries)Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding due to the increasing persecutions against Jews. Businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the attic rooms above their place of business. They arrange for the Frank and Van Daan families to stay there. Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Anne Frank is Otto's 13-year-old daughter. She writes about the remarkable account of their lives, their growing fear of discovery, their deplorable living conditions and even the blooming of her first love. Together, they try to avoid detection while hoping that Holland will be liberated by the Allies.
ConspiracyThe historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Led by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking German officials came to the historic and far reaching decision that the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated in what would come to be known as the Holocaust.
Sophie's ChoiceStingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.
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An American-born Jewish adolescent, Hannah Stern is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives. However, she begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death camp in 1941. There she meets a young girl named Rivkah, a fellow captive in the camp. As Rivkah and Hannah struggle to survive in the face of daily atrocities, they form an unbreakable bond.
Boy in the Striped PyjamasWhen his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.
Life is Beautiful (DVD @ MU Libraries)"In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni) - a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colourful imagination and an irresistible sense of humour - has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II... and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate!"
Shoah (DVD @ MU Libraries)The Nazi extermination of Jews is examined through interviews of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators and through footage of the sites of the death camps and environs as they appear today. Those interviewed include Jewish survivors of the death camps and the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Polish farmers and villagers who lived near the camps and Nazis who worked in the camps and the ghettos
The U.S. and the Holocaust* (DVD @ MU Libraries))The U.S. and the Holocaust examines America's response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a "nation of immigrants," but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.
Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final SolutionAuschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution is a powerful five-part documentary series from the BBC that explores one of the most horrific periods in human history - the Holocaust. The show is narrated by the renowned American journalist, Linda Ellerbee, and features interviews with survivors, eyewitnesses, and experts as well as rare archival footage and photographs.
Germans & Jews (DVD @ MU Libraries)Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn't have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores Germany's transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many and we realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the KindertransportAn award winning documentary of the young children that were given up by their parents during WWII for safe passage to England. The young children were from Jewish families and among 10,000 that were rescued and taken into foster care by families within England. Expecting to reunite with their families at the end of the war many of the children never saw their parents again. The story is about the resilience of children in the face of complete defeat. These rarely heard, true stores are one of the last living memories of the holocaust.
Amen (DVD @ MU Libraries)Kurt Gerstein—a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS—is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. he is then shocked to learn that the process he used to purify water for his troops by using Zyklon-B, is now used to kill people in gas chambers.
Join Master of the Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Stockton University) alumna Kylie Deverell as she discusses popular topics in Holocaust and Genocide studies with some of the field's most notable scholars and educators!
Earth Made of Glass (Tutsis, Rwanda)Violence erupted in 1994 in the African nation of Rwanda, becoming what is known as the Rwanda Genocide. Many families were torn apart, murdered and forever traumatized. Earth Made of Glass documents the story of Jean-Pierre Sagahutu’s journey to avenge the death of his family. He survived the genocide; however, his loved ones didn't. So now Sagahutu has set himself up on a fifteen year quest to find the person or people responsible.
The Uncondemned (Tutsis, Rwanda)The Uncondemned is a powerful documentary film that explores one of the most significant trials in modern international law, the 1998 landmark case of Jean-Paul Akayesu. Akayesu was the mayor of a small Rwandan town during the 1994 genocide that took the lives of over 800,000 Tutsi people, and he was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.
Hotel Rwanda (Tutsis, DVD @ MU Libraries)Based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a five-star-hotel manager who uses his wits and persuasion in striving to save more than 1,200 Tutsis and Hutus from being massacred by the Interahamwe militia during the 1994 Rwandan conflict
Enemies of the People (Cambodia)In 1970s Cambodia almost two million people were murdered without any concrete explanation. This documentary details one journalist's personal quest to find out why. Thet Sambath carefully investigates the Killing Field massacres, losing an entire decade of his personal life in the process. During this time, he acquires the trust of many of those responsible for the slaughter, and he records their accounts of the tragedies. Having lost his parents and siblings to the Killing Fields as a young man, his obsession with uncovering why his family was taken from him leads us to a larger understanding of what happened.
The Killing Fields (Cambodia)New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg is on assignment covering the Cambodian Civil War, with the help of local interpreter Dith Pran and American photojournalist Al Rockoff. When the U.S. Army pulls out amid escalating violence, Schanberg makes exit arrangements for Pran and his family. Pran, however, tells Schanberg he intends to stay in Cambodia to help cover the unfolding story — a decision he may regret as the Khmer Rouge rebels move in.
Back to BosniaBack to Bosnia is a Documentary film that follows a family that was forced to flee Bosnia at gunpoint. The family returns to reclaim their property and the filmmakers capture their emotions as they interact with the environment that they used to know.
Savior (Bosnia)Savior is a film that tells the story of a soldier enlisted in the foreign legion and fighting in Bosnia who must make some hard choices about his own integrity and what he stands for. The protagonist is a tragic hero who evokes sympathy for his war-torn mind and the choices he has yet to make in the world so devastated by armed conflict. He finds himself unable to be the monster he has crafted himself into when innocents are caught in the crossfire, and it reminds him of past events he has spent a long time running away from.
Attack on Darfur (Sudan)A group of journalists is assigned to report in the war torn region of Darfur. They find that the world’s newest country is in bad shape, and the war brought down by the North of the country is laying waste to its rural population. At the end of their tour the reporters find themselves with a moral choice. They can return home in order to popularize their story, and hopefully change things, or they can stay in the region, and hope to save some of the population from violence.
Darfur Now (Sudan)The documentary "Darfur Now" provides an unflinching glimpse into the genocide that is experienced by the residents of the western region of Sudan known as Darfur. By following the lives of six different individuals connected with Darfur in some way, the film shows the ways that the crisis in this region of the world affects those living there and those abroad.
The Devil Came on Horseback (Sudan)Marine Captain Brian Steidle tells of his journey in Darfur, first as a soldier and ultimately as an activist, who wants to stop the atrocities that are occurring there. The leader of the country is attempting to rid it of all black, Africans and has been killing them off one-by-one. Steidle is able to go into parts of the country where journalists are forbidden. It is that inside look that both sickens him and drives him to do whatever he can to help put a stop to the madness in that country.
1915 The Movie (Armenia)One hundred years after the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, a mysterious playwright in Los Angeles (Simon Abkarian) hosts the opening of his new work 1915 to honor the victims. As protests rage outside the theater, a series of mind-bending occurrences reveal that the souls lost in the genocide have been conjured up.
The Promise (Armenia)In this historical drama, a love triangle develops between an Armenian medical student, an American journalist, and an Armenian woman. The film is set in 1914, and the plot develops in the context of the impending Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. The film stars Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon.
Gravitas: China's Genocide Of UighursChina's persecution of Uighurs is not just a crackdown. It is a genocide. President Xi Jinping is using forced sterilisations and abortions to wipe out the Uighurs. The UN has woken up to these indefensible human rights violations in China.
The Rohingya: Workings of a CrimeHundreds of villages burned. Mass rapes and large-scale massacres. 700,000 Rohingya people forced into exile. At first sight, this surge of hate seemed to come from nowhere. But emptying a territory of its population in a few weeks requires a minimum of organisation and anticipation. It is a pre-meditated act and must have been planned.
Rohingya: Journey Into HellThe Rohingya have faced years of persecution in Myanmar. This 2015 documentary uncovered the vast network trafficking refugees to Thailand, exposing the cruelty and horrors of hidden camps and mass graves.
Myanmar's Killing Fields (Rohingya)Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was seen as Myanmar’s hope. Now, she’s accused of standing by as the country’s military waged a brutal campaign against Rohingya Muslims. FRONTLINE tracks down secret footage and talks to the victims of a campaign the United Nations has described as having the “hallmarks of genocide.”
Culture Trip. Between 1975 and 1979, the Pol Pot-led Khmer Rouge regime ruled Cambodia with deadly force. Under its reign, an estimated two million people died. Here are 10 books about the Khmer Rouge, many of which were written by survivors.