Leading Holocaust film expert, Professor Rich Brownstein of Yad Vashem, categorises Holocaust films along two key dimensions (and within each, provides further sub-categorisation based on ethnicity/role and time period):
A. HOLOCAUST-CENTRED FILMS
B. TANGENTIAL HOLOCAUST FILMS (not expressly focused on the genocide of European Jews by the Nazis, but touch on the plight of Jews during World WarII):
Professor Brownstein’s list of the most important Holocaust dramatic films is a valuable tool for students of the Holocaust and culture/society:
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution, BBC, written by Laurence Rees, containing new research and perspectives on the Holocaust. Combines rare footage with illustrations and dramatic reconstructions.
Nazis – A Warning from History, Ian Kershaw, BBC’ documentary on the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Kershaw focuses on ordinary German’s and Europeans as collaborators and bystanders
Nicholas Winton – The Power of Good’; the award-winning story of the courage and determination of one man who saved 669 children from the Nazis.
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