Films

On this page, you’ll find some examples of DVDs about the Holocaust available for Sunderland Public Library (SPL) patrons. These are not available right at SPL, so you may need to place a hold in the library catalog in order to get it transferred to Sunderland. If you plan ahead, though, you can have them ready to pick up when you’re ready to watch them! If you haven’t placed a hold on an item before, ask your librarian for a hand. Also- some of these videos are available to view online. In those cases, you’ll find a link to online access in the resource summary.

There are a lot of contributors for films, so here we’ve just included the director (unless otherwise noted) in the author space- but you can click on the title of the film to be directed to its catalog entry with the full list of contributors.

A final note for these films- some are rated PG13 or R- and all of the films are on a subject that can be difficult to watch. We recommend watching these with an adult family member.

You can also find video testimonials regarding the Holocaust on the website iwitneess.usc.edu. Click on Watch and then browse by topic to find what you’re interested in.

 

Documentaries

Shrewsbury Public Library
They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust 1938-1945
Adams, Neal (Illustrator & Narrator)
2013
This film includes six motion comics that tell the stories of Americans who advocated against the atrocities of the Holocaust, some of whom even helped smuggle refugees out of Europe. You can also view these videos online here.

Multiple library holdings 
Primo Levi’s Journey
Ferrario, Davide
2008
This is a documentary about Primo Levi’s 8 month journey home to Italy after his liberation from Auschwitz (concentration camp). The film follows his journey and includes interviews. Primo Levi also wrote a book about his journey titled The Truce.

 

Movies

Multiple library holdings 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Herman, Mark
2008
This is based on the book of the same title by John Boyne. It is the story of Bruno, an 8 year old boy living in Poland during World War II, and Shmuel, a boy of the same age who is held in a concentration camp near Bruno. The two develop a friendship, talking daily through the fence that keeps Shmuel imprisoned.

Multiple library holdings 
Schindler’s List
Spielberg, Steven
2013
This film is rated R, so patrons under 18 should plan to watch it with an adult. Based on a true story, the film follows Osckar Schindler and Amon Goeth. Oskar Schindler saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews wheras Amon Goeth was a Nazi officer in command of a labor camp and then a concentration camp.

Multiple library holdings
Escape From Sobibor 
Vincze, Ernie
Based on the book of the same title, this film tells the true story of concentration camp captives planning and then attempting to escape their imprisonment. This film won Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

 

 

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