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One of the First Films About the Holocaust Remains a French Sensation

By On November 10, 2017

Around the tenth anniversary of the liberation of France, a French government agency decided to produce a documentary about Nazi concentration camps. A promising young man named Alain Resnais, who would later become… Read More

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This German Jewish Scientist Led the Way to Zyklon B

By On March 24, 2017

For a crash course in irony, look no further than the life of Fritz Haber, the Jewish chemist whose scientific research led to the invention of Zyklon B, the cyanide-based pesticide used… Read More

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Eric Clapton Wrote a Soundtrack to Auschwitz

By On September 6, 2016

The world was a little perplexed when, a few years ago, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton played a show in Oswiecim, home of Auschwitz. Now the bluesman is back again—this time in the… Read More

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Brother Theodore Survived Dachau Then Made Dark, Wonderful Comedy About Despair

By On September 1, 2016

If you were knew of Brother Theodore, you know him for his monologues. Lit starkly, dark eyes aglint, the German-born Jewish comedian ranted about death and dismay—in the funniest way possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbkgLdXPL64… Read More

These Survivors Turned a Nazi's House Into a Kibbutz After Liberation
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These Young Holocaust Survivors Turned a Nazi’s House Into a Kibbutz

By On July 18, 2016

In September of 1945, on the heels of liberation, a group of survivors came together to form a kibbutz in a rather unlikely location: on the estate of Julius Streicher, publisher of… Read More

Opening Today, "Son of Saul" Changes Holocaust Films Forever
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“Son of Saul” Has Gone and Changed Holocaust Films Forever

By On December 18, 2015

Son of Saul, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes’s powerful debut, begins out of focus and stays there for a disorienting amount of time. The haze clears on an ordinary workday in hell: Saul… Read More

The Holocaust-Memorializing Catholic Priest
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The Holocaust-Memorializing Catholic Priest

By On June 19, 2015

If there was a distinction for modern-day Righteous Gentiles, Father Patrick Desbois would be the first to be honored. In 2002, sometime after learning that his grandfather, a French soldier, had been… Read More

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Tonight! New Film Tells the Real Story Behind Hitchcock’s Holocaust Footage

By On January 26, 2015

For the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, there can be no better commemoration than Night Will Fall, a new documentary airing tonight on HBO. Masterfully directed by Andre Singer, Night Will… Read More

The Holocaust Survivor of East Harlem
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The Holocaust Survivor of East Harlem

By On January 20, 2015

Like Peter O’Toole’s portrayal of Lawrence a few years before, Rod Steiger’s Sol Nazerman—an East Harlem Holocaust survivor, pawnshop owner, and misanthrope par excellence—is a tour de force performance of both subtle… Read More

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Bergen-Belsen

By On January 17, 2014

In the mid-1940s, newsreel footage of the Allied liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, and Buchenwald horrified viewers across the world. The images of human devastation at Nazi concentration camps crystallized reigning negative opinions of Germany.… Read More

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Gaming the Nazis, and Chess

By On December 23, 2013

You don’t often hear of concentration-camp inmates using their chess skills to win favor with Nazi guards before managing to escape. Nor do you hear of Hungarians learning Hebrew as adults and then becoming celebrated satirists… Read More

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