Videos Available in Otterbein's Library* Related to The Inextinguishable Symphony
America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference. Dir Martin Ostrow. (VHS 87 min.) Shanachie, NJ: Shanachie Home Video. D810.J4 A488 1994b Complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from "Kristallnacht" in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945 are examined in this American Experience program. For a short time, the US had an opportunity to open its doors, but instead erected a "paper wall," a bureaucratic maze that prevented all but a few Jewish refugees from entering the country. It was not until 1944, that a small band of Treasury Department employees forced the government to respond.
Anne Frank Remembered. Dir. Jon Blair. (VHS 117 min.) Culver City, CA: Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1996. D810.J4 A55 1996 The video features vintage newsreels, photographs and even rare homemovie to look beyond the celebrated pages of Anne's diary.
Au Revoir Les Enfants/Goodbye, Children. Dir. Louis Malle. (VHS 103 min.) New York : Orion Home Video, 1987. PN1997 .A9 1989 Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. Julien (Malle) is 12 years old, and the smartest boy in his class at boarding school when a new student appears. The two form a friendship even though Julien senses that there is something different about his new friend.
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary. Im Toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretärin. Dir.André Heller and Othmar Schmiderer. (DVD 27 min.) Culver City, CA: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. D811.5 .I6 2003 The astonishing true story of Hitler's private secretary coming to terms with working for unspeakable evil after remaining silent for nearly 60 years. Traudl Junge was Adolf Hitler's secretary from 1942 until the end of the war. He dictated his last will and testament to her. She refused to speak publicly about her memories, keeping silent about her life, her trials and tribulations, until now, the end of her life.
Booknotes. The Inextinguishable Symphony. (DVD 60 min.) West Lafayette, IN: C-SPAN Archives, 2005. ML395 .G65 2005 Originally broadcast on Booknotes, October 26, 2000. Brian Lamb interviews Martin Goldsmith and discusses Goldsmith's biography of his parents George and Rosemary Goldsmith, Jewish musicians who survived the Jewish Holocaust.
Civilians at War. Dir. Roger Goodman. V. 6 of Century: America's Time. (Streaming video 70 min.) Princeton, N.J: Films for the Humanities. 1999. ONLINE World War II was the first war in history that killed more civilians than soldiers, as leaders on both sides accepted noncombatant casualties as inevitable--and to some, even desirable. This program studies the courage and strength necessary to face and survive starvation, bombing, torpedoing, massacre, and extermination in camps specifically designed for that purpose.
Conspiracy. Dir. Frank R. Pierson. (DVD 96 min.) New York: HBO Home Video. PN1997 .C667 2002 On January 20, 1942, 15 German officials attended a conference at Wannsee - on the outskirts of Berlin. The meeting comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers. The meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann under the direction of Chief of Security
Reinhard Heydrich. By the end of the meeting, the fate of six million lives would be decided and the shape of the world would be altered forever.
The Courage to Care. Dir. Robert A. Gardner. (VHS 29 min.) New York: Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1986. D804.3 .C68 Elie Wiesel describes those individuals who knowingly risked their lives during the Holocaust to aid Jews.
The Double Crossing: The Story of the St. Louis. Dir. Andy Markos and Nancy Partos. (DVD 29 min.) Teaneck, NJ: Ergo Media Inc., 1992. D810.J4 D688 1992 The ship St. Louis left Nazi Germany on May 13, 1939 with over 900 Jewish refugees bound for Cuba. Cuba refused them entry, as did the United States. The ship returned to Europe where the refugees were accepted by Great Britain, France, Belgium and Netherlands. Archival footage and numerous interviews with survivors of the St. Louis voyage document this experience of refugees.
Elie Wiesel Goes Home. Dir. Judit Elek. (DVD 108 min.) Beverly Hills: Choices. D804.3 .E443 2002 Elie Wiesel returns to the village of his birth and to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the camps where he was interned during WWII.
Eternal Jew/Der Ewige Jude ein dokumentarischer Film der D.F.G. Dir. Fritz Hippler. (VHS 68 min.) Hollywood's Attic, 1938. DS146.G4 E85 1996 In German, an anti-Semitic propaganda film produced in 1938.
Europa Europa. Dir. Agnieszka Holland. (DVD 114 min.) Santa Monica, CA: MGM/UA Home Video, 1991. PN1997 .E976 2003 Based on the memoirs of Solomon Perel, a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years. Best Foreign Film Golden Globe Award. Original in German/Russian with English, French or Spanish subtitles.
Facing Hate: With Elie Wiesel and Bill Moyers. Dir Catherine Tatge and Dominique Lasseur. (VHS 58 min.) 1991. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities. BF575.H3 F3 1997 Bill Moyers interviews Elie Wiesel who probes the logic of hatred as expressed in books, religion, history and personal experience. When Wiesel was 15, his family perished in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. As he has struggled to understand hatred and its role in contemporary world affairs, he has become a prolific writer, a leader in the worldwide cause of human rights, and the winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.
Family Secrets and Family Histories. Helen Fremont. (VHS 60 min.) Westerville, Ohio: Otterbein, 2000. E184.37.F74 A43 Address presented at the Friends of Otterbein University meeting at Courtright Memorial Library, October 24, 2000 in which Helen Fremont discusses her book After Long Silence, which describes her attempts to understand her own identity through researching her parents' World War II experiences.
Fate Did Not Let Me Go. Dir. Dominik Sedlar and Jakov Sedlar. (DVD 26 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities. D805.5 .F38 2003 A loving mother writes a farewell letter to her son just days before she dies in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Fifty years later, the letter mysteriously reaches her son. It is a letter of hope that could inspire everyone it touched.
For the Living. Prod. WETA-TV. Alexandria, VA: PBS Video. (DVD 26 min.)
D804.3 .F67 1993 Concerns the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and specific Holocaust victims and survivors. Hosted by actor Ed Asner, one segment of the documentary profiles concerns Yaffa Eliach, a Holocaust survivor from the town of Ejszyski, Poland, who was instrumental in the creation of one of the museum's exhibits. In relation to this, Asner recounts the story of his father and uncle, who were themselves from Ejszyski, and how they escaped the Nazis.
Genocide in the First Half of the 20th Century. Dir. Robert J. Emery. (Streaming video 57 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 2002. ONLINE State-sanctioned violence has always existed, but technological advances have facilitated its use as a viable means of exerting political power. This program ... focuses on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, Stalin's forced Ukrainian famine, the Japanese rape of Nanking, and the Holocaust. A host of survivors, experts, and scholars are interviewed.
The Grey Zone. Dir. Tim Blake Nelson, et al. (DVD 108 min.) Trimark Home Video, 2001. PN1997 .G739 2003 Based on real-life events. Chronicles a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.
The Harmonists. Dir. Joseph Vilsmaier. (DVD 115 min.)Burbank, CA: Miramax Home Entertainment.
PN1997 .H364 2002 Based on a true story about Harry and his friends, who form "The Harmonists" - a singing group in pre-war Germany. Changes in the nation's political tide force them to make decisions that will test their loyalty. When three of the six are disclosed as Jews, the group faces banning. German and French with English subtitles.
Hate.Com: Extremists on the Internet. Dir. Vince DiPersio and William Guttentag. (Streaming video 42 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 2000. ONLINE Addresses how the Internet is used to spread messages of hate and violence. Don Black, founder of Stormfront; Matt Hale, founder of the World Church of the Creator; Richard Butler, founder of Aryan Nations and Christian Identity; and Dr. William Pierce, founder of the National Alliance and author of The Turner diaries, expound their doctrines, tactics, and goals. Profiles of 'lone wolves'--individuals incited to commit violence and bias crimes—including Timothy McVeigh, Benjamin Smith, the lynchers of James Byrd, and others.
The Holocaust: A History. (VHS 39 min.) Huntsville, TX: Educational Video Network. 2001. D804.3 .H656 2001 Examines the atrocities against Jews by the Germans during World War II.
Image Before My Eyes Dir. Josh Waletsky. (VHS 90 min.) Teaneck, NJ: Ergo Media, 1992.
DS135.P6 I52 1991 This documentary vividly recreates Jewish life in Poland from the late nineteenth century through the 1930's using rare film footage, memorabilia, photographs, music, and interviews.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport. Dir. Mark Jonathan Harris (DVD 118 min.) Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video. D810.J4 I57 2001 Filmed with the cooperation of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The life-affirming tale of 10,000 children saved from Hitler's grasp and placed with foster parents and hostels in Great Britain at the outbreak of World War II. Includes archival footage and decades-later remembrances of both the rescuers and the rescued. A link in the catalog features the original theatrical website and a downloadable study guide.
Judaism: Kristallnacht and the Birth of Israel. BBC Worldwide Americas. (Streaming video 51.min.) Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities, 2004. ONLINE The first 25 minutes are a dramatization of 'The Night of Broken Glass,' the beginning of the Holocaust. The world reacted with horror but did nothing.
KAPO. Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo. (VHS 92 min.) 1959. Matinee Classics. PN1997 .K36 1959 The story of a Jewish girl from Paris sent to a concentration camp during World War II and her struggle to survive by becoming a collaborator. Dubbed in English.
Korczak. Dir Andrzej Wajda. (VHS 118 min.) New York: New Yorker Video, 1990. D804.3 .K67 1993 Tells the true story of Janusz Korczak, a renowned physician and author who ran a home for Jewish orphans in 1930's Warsaw. In Polish with English subtitles.
The Last Days. Dir. James Moll. (VHS 87 min.) New York: PolyGram Video. D804.3 .L378 1998 Five Jewish Hungarian Holocaust survivors tell their story of the concentration camps in a movie that won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The Last Klezmer: Leopold Kozlowski, His Life and Music. Dir. Yale Strom. (VHS 84 min.) New York: New Yorker Video, 1996. In English, Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish and Russian with English subtitles. ML3776 .L37 1996 Yale Strom traveled to Eastern Europe to search for remnants of klezmer music (Jewish folk melodies) that survived the Holocaust such as recordings, sheet music and klezmer musicians. In this program he interviews and travels with Leopold Kozlowski, the last klezmer, who grew up in the tradition.
Learning to Hate. Dir. Catherine Tatge and Dominique Lasseur. (Streaming video, 39 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities. 1997. ONLINE Focuses on how children learn to hate and how attitudes toward hatred differ from culture to culture. Features friendship between an Israeli Arab and an Orthodox Jew; high school students analyzing the origins of homophobia; a Holocaust survivor who teaches children how stereotyping breeds hatred and how that hatred can lead to persecution. Major world figures share their own experiences with hatred and discuss the resolve that helped them overcome it. Features interviews with Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Vaclav Havel, Li Lu and Mairead Corrigan Maguire.
Life is Beautiful/ La vita è bella. Dir. Roberto Benigni. (VHS 116 min.) Miramax Home Entertainment. PN1997 .V572 1999. 1998 Academy Award winner about a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor who has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family until World War II changes everything. In Italian with English subtitles. .
Lodz Ghetto. Dir. Kathryn Taverna and Alan Adelson. (VHS 118 min.) 1989. Bethesda, MD: Atlas Video. DS135.P62 L628 1992 Based on diaries and photographs from the Lodz ghetto, this is a chronological account of life in the Lodz Ghetto through over1,000 carefully sequenced filmed images, made at great risk and left deliberately by the doomed community members. Includes a supplement following the program describing the making of the film, as well as interviews with people connected with the ghetto.
The Longest Hatred: A Revealing History of Anti-Semitism. Dir. Rex Bloomstein. (DVD 150 min.) Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation: WGBH. DS145 .L66 2004 A revealing history of anti-Semitism with roots long before the Holocaust and branches that continue to sprout in surprising places today.
Louis Clyde Stouman's Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler. Dir. Louis Clyde Stoumon. (VHS 89 min.) West Long Branch, NJ : White Star, 1986. DD247 .H5 L68 Narrated by Marlene Dietrich and based on the Goethe's 12th century fairy tale "Reynard the Fox." It is the story of Adolf Hitler's ambition, passion, demonic will, and his million-fold murders. Also a study in depth of the history which made Hitler's rise possible and which culminated in leaving a large part of the world in anguish and ruin.
Max. Dir. Menno Meyjes. (DVD 106 min.) United States: Trimark Home Video: Distributed by Lions Gate Home Entertainment. PN1997 .M38 2003 As the fictional Hitler says in this video, "Politics is the new art." Max was Jewish and a promising young artist who lost his arm in the Great War and with it his ability to paint. Upon his return he opens an acclaimed art gallery that caters to modernism. There he meets another war veteran and struggling artist named Adolf Hitler. Max encourages and befriends Adolf but the lure of politics soon wins Adolf's interest over art.
Mephisto. Dir. Istvan Szabo. (VHS 132 min.) New York: Mafilm, HBO Video. PN1997 .M463 1981
A drama about an actor in Nazi Germany whose ambition brings about his moral downfall. Originally a left-wing radical, he is seduced into accepting Nazism in exchange for wealth, popularity, and the opportunity to play his greatest role, Mephisto in Goethe's Faust.
Nasty Girl/Das schreckliche Madchen. Dir. Michael Verhoeven. (VHS 94 min.) New York: HBO Video, 1990. PN1997 .S395 1989a Sonja, "The Nasty Girl," undertakes a school project to investigate her town's past. In this provocative comedy, she discovers many secrets -- secrets the town wants left that way.
Never Again? Dir. Robert J.Emery. (Streaming video 57 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 2002. ONLINE After the atrocities of World War II, the cry of conscience was 'Never again!' As this program demonstrates, that bitterly learned injunction went unheeded throughout much of the world.
1936-1941 Over the Edge. Dir. Roger Goodman. (VHS 45 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. E741 .C463 1999 v.5 Volume 5 of Peter Jennings' The Century series concerns the views of Americans who observed the popularity of Hitler and Mussolini and explores the six years previous to America's involvement in World War II.
A Painful Reminder: Evidence for All Mankind. (VHS69 min.) New York: Icarus Films, 1985.
D804.3 .P35 1985 This film was produced at the end of W.W. II to document the Nazi atrocities evidenced in various concentration camps. It utilizes film footage shot by the British, Americans and Russians as they liberated the camps and the personal narrative of survivor and other witnesses. The film project was originally under the direction of Sidney Bernstein who was attached to the Psychological Warfare Division of Allied Supreme Headquarters. It was never released due to the international tension over Berlin in 1948.
Paper Clips. Dir. Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab. (2 DVDs 87 min.) 2004. New York: Hart Sharp Video.
D804.3 .P3747 2006 Struggling to grasp the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, the students at Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee decide to collect 6 million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims. As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard.
The Pianist. Dir. Roman Polanski. (DVD.149 min.) 2002 Universal Studies: 2003. PN1997 .P4995 2003 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.
Playing for Time. Dir. Daniel Mann. (VHS 148 min.) Los Angeles, CA: Media Home Entertainment, 1980. D810.J4 P67 1984 Based on the book of the same name by Fania Fénelon and written for television by Arthur Miller. Winner of four Emmy Awards. Inside the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, members of a bizarre prison orchestra struggle against all odds to spare themselves from death. In the process of performing music for their Nazi captors, they reaffirm the indomitable human spirit and the willingness to survive.
Primo Levi--A Sketch of His Life/ Primo Levi--Een Levensschets. (VHS 72 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities. Reserves D805.I8 S85 1994 Story of Primo Levi, an Italian Jew who survived confinement in a German concentration camp during World War II and then wrote about his experiences. Interviews with those who knew him. In Dutch, French and Italian with English subtitles.
The Scarlet and the Black. Dir. Jerry London. (VHS 156 min.) Van Nuys, CA: LIVE Home Video, Inc., 1985. D802.I8 S29 1992 When the Germans occupied Rome during World War II, Monsignor O'Flaherty worked to help escaped POWs using his Vatican diplomatic immunity. Based on a true story.
Schindler's List. Dir. Steven Spielberg. (VHS 197 min.)1993. Universal City, CA.: MCA Universal Home Video. PN1997 .S346 1994 v. 1 & 2
PN1997 .S346 1994a v.1 & 2
(DVD 196 min.) PN1997 .S346 2004 Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally and the true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer & war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.
Ship of Fools. Dir. Stanley Kramer (DVD 149 min.) Culver City, CA: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2003. PN1997 .S533 2003 In 1933 on a German luxury liner sailing from Mexico to Germany, the separate but interlocking stories of the various passengers begins to unfold. Among the many passengers is a divorcee desperate for love and lost youth, a Spanish noblewoman being deported as a political prisoner, an aging alcoholic ballplayer, and a budding Nazi whose brutishness foreshadows the holocaust to come.
Shoah. Dir. Claude Lanzmann. (DVD 566 min.) 1985. Hollywood, CA: New Yorker Video. D805.3 .S57 2003; (VHS 570 min.) D805.3 .S56 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. In English, French, Polish, German, Hebrew, Yiddish and Italian with English subtitles.
Skokie, Rights Or Wrong: A Film. Dir. Sheila Chamovitz. (VHS 27 min.) Wayne, NJ: New Day Films, 1987. HN80.S56 S565 Documents the conflict that erupted when the American Nazi Party attempted to march in 1978, in
Skokie, Illinois--a community where many Holocaust survivors now live. Through interviews with Nazi leaders, their American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys, concentration camp survivors and Rev. Jesse Jackson, the film presents a wide range of views on the Nazis' "right" to march in Skokie.
Sophie Scholl-- The Final Days. Dir Marc Rothermund. (DVD 117 min.) 2005. New York: Zeitgeist, 2006.
DD256 .3 .S66 2005r The international award winning film about the final days of an anti-Nazi student from Munich and members of the White Rose resistance group during Feb. 17-22, 1943.
The Sorrow and the Pity. Dir. Marcel Ophulus. (VHS 260 min.) 1972. New York: Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment. D802.F72 S67 1981 Examines the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on themes of collaboration and resistance.
Survivors of the Holocaust. Dir. Allan Holzman. (VHS 70 min.) Turner Home Entertainment. D810.J4 S867 1996 Chronicles the events of the Holocaust as witnessed by those who survived. The program weaves together archival footage and an original music score with survivors' personal testimonies and photographs, chronicling life in pre-war Europe, the devastating impact of Nazism, the liberation of the concentration camps and life fifty years later. Contains an additional segment, hosted by Ben Kingsley, which takes the viewer behind the scenes at Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in which Steven Spielberg discusses his project.
Taking Sides. Dir. István Szabó. (DVD 105 min.) 2001 New York: New Yorker Video. PN1997 .T324 2004 After Hitler took over power in 1933; many Jewish artists were forced to leave Germany. Wilhelm Furtwängler chose to stay. Though never a member of the party, he was a recipient of honors associated with party membership. However, the conductor often used his position and contacts to save hundreds of Jewish musicians from concentration camps. When U.S. Major Steve Arnold is tasked with the pre-trial investigations, his aim is to prove that the conductor's genius contributed to the Nazi propaganda, while Furtwängler insisted he stayed to bring comfort to the German people with his music.
Tiger at the Gate. Dir. Julia Spark. (VHS 20 min.) Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities.
DD252.25 .T53 1988 Uses archival film footage to explain the developments that gave Adolf Hitler and the Nazis popular support, and the means they used to broaden and consolidate their power during the Weimar Republic.
Triumph of the will/Triumph des Willens: das Dokument vom Reichsparteitag 1934. (DVD, 120 min.) Bloomington, IL : Synapse Films, c2006. DD253.28 .T7 2006 This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the "most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced". Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer.
Walk on Water. Dir. Eytan Fox. (DVD 103 min.) 2004. Culver City, CA: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. PN1997 .W24 2005 While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent is tasked with killing a Nazi war criminal. However, he has a crisis of consciousness after he befriends a target's gay grandson.
The White Rose/ Die Weisse Rose. Dir. Michael Verhoeven. (VHS 123 min.) Waltham, MA: National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University. PN1997 .W5925 1983 The story of a secret society of students and their professor who printed and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets to urge German citizens to sabotage the war efforts. Their actions cost the Munich-based group their lives. Based on actual events.
Who are You? Helen Fremont. (VHS 60 min.) Westerville, Ohio: Otterbein University, 2000.
E184.37.F74 A42 2000 Otterbein University Convocation address, October 25, 2000. Author Helen Fremont discusses issues of identity raised in her book After Long Silence.
*Abstracts/summaries are primarily from the catalog records in the OPAL catalog.
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