HISTORICAL MOVIES: GERMANY

 

 

 

Medieval Times:

Midoeva;The Flame and the Arrow (1950)  --  12 c. Lombardy under German overlord

Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen (Iron Hand) (1979) – Germany in the Middle Ages

Flesh and Blood (1985)  --  1501 story of Landsknechts (mostly German mercenaries including pikemen & supporting foot soldiers, late 15th to late 16th century)

 

 

 

REFORMATION AND RELIGIOUS CONFLICT  

John Hus (1977)  -- Czech burned at the stake in 1415; had influence on Martin Luther

X Jan Žižka (1955)  --  Hussite Wars

X  Proti všem (Against All Odds, (1957)  --  Hussite Wars

Luther (2003)  -- of the Reformation

Luther (1973) -- of the Reformation, 1520

Der Reformator (1968) – German film about Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1953)  --  of the Reformation

The Radicals (1990)  --  the story of the radical Anabaptists

 

GERMANY  

Zwölf Meter ohne Kopf (12 Paces without a Head) (2009)  --  1401, German sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels

Il Principe di Homburg (The Prince of Homburg) (1997)  --  Prince disobeys orders and leads a cavalry charge against the Swedes and is court-martialed during 17th century Prusso-Swedish Wars (Hitler's favorite play?)

Der Choral von Leuthen (The Anthem  of Leuthen) (1933)  --  German film depicting Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1740–1786) (no subtitles)

Maria Theresia (1951)  --   (1717-1780) the Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and a Holy Roman Empress by marriage to Francis I; son Joseph II ; daughter Marie Antoinette  

Maria Theresia (1980)  --  ditto

Der große König (The Great King) (1942) – Nazi film glorifying Prussian King Friedrich II during the battle of Kunersdorf (Russians and Germans versus Austria)

Barry Lyndon (1976) -- Stanley Kubrik; set against the 7 Year's War 1756-1763

 

Immortal Beloved (1994)  --  speculation on loves of Beethoven (1795-1815)

Beethoven's Great Love (1936)

Spring Symphony -- composer Robert Schumann

 

Germany Labor Troubles:

Desertir (The Deserter) (1933)  --  labor struggle in Germany and Russia

 

GERMANY: BEFORE WWI  

Germany:

Fall of Eagles (1974) (TV miniseries)  --  part of it deals with Bismarck and the unification of Germany and the fall of the Habsburgs of Austria-Hungary

Bismarck (1940)  --  about Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)  (done by the Third Reich)

Bismarck (1990)  --   West German TV mini-series

The Shaping of the Western World.  Bismarck: Germany from Blood and Iron (2008)  -- a docudrama about Otto von Bismarck who was the most responsible man in uniting Germany into a single nation

Die Entlassung (The Dismissal) (1942) – about Bismarck (sequel by the Third Reich)

 Wagner (1982) -- Hitler's favorite composer

Rosa Luxemburg (1986) -- labor agitator in Germany

Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? (Wither Germany?)  (1932)  -left-wing politics in Weimar Germany (written by Bertolt Brecht); banned by the Nazis  --  (currently unavailable)

Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer (The Farewell) (2002) – Bertolt Brecht's last summer and the women in his life with the Stasi watching it all

 

 

GERMANY -- WORLD WAR I

Fall of Eagles (1974) (TV miniseries)  --  part of it deals with Bismarck and the unification of Germany and fall of Habsburgs of Austria-Hungary

Rosa Luxemburg (1986) -- labor agitator in Germany

The Blue Max (1966)  --  the air war

Der Rote Baron (The Red Baron) (2008)  --  Baron Manfred von Richtofen with 80 kills

Von Richthofen & Brown (a.k.a. The Red Baron)  (1971)  --   Baron Manfred von Richtofen, the German air ace during the World War I

Crimson Romance (1934)   --  fly the World War I sky with the Luftwaffe

 

HITLER'S RISE   

Novemberverbrecher - Eine Erinnerung (1968) – German Revolution 1918 to the formal establishment of the Weimar Republic in August 1919

Good (2008)  --  "evil triumphs when good men do nothing"

Der Rat der Götter (Council of the Gods) (1950) – industrialists cooperate with the Nazis for goods and profit

Max (2000)  --  A Jewish art dealer helps a struggling artist named Adolf Hitler

Hitler: the Rise of Evil (2003) 

Cabaret (1972) -- German decadence during Weimar Regime

X  I am a Camera  --  precursor to the Movie "Cabaret"

Christopher and his Kind (2011)  --  real story of "Cabaret"

The Damned (1969)  --  a German family declines as the Nazi party rises; covers "The Night of the Long Knives"

Bent (1997)  --  a homosexual chooses the wrong night to have sex with a storm trooper because he gets caught up in the Night of the Long Knives

Tin Drum (1980)  --   Post-Hitler German recognition of the madness of Fascism. 

Mephisto (1981)  --  a German actor thinks true art can triumph even if it's the Nazis who are in charge

The Hindenburg (1975) -- doomed flight of the Zeppelin; George C. Scott

Triumph of the Will (1935)  --  Hitler's effective use of propaganda at Nuremberg rallies

The Jesse Owens Story (1984)   --  American track star who upsets Hitler at 1936 Olympics in Berlin

The Joe Louis Story (1953) -- the heavy weight champion fights German Max Schmeling

Olympia (1936) -- in Berlin

The Great Dictator (1940) -- Charles Chaplin mocking the actions of the dictator Hitler

The Sound of Music (1965) -- singing group escapes from Austria after Nazi takeover

Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl - the Final Days) (2005)  --   a few students at Munich University oppose Hitler's fascist regime

Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose) (1982)  --  a few students at Munich University oppose Hitler's fascist regime

Edelweiß piraten (Edelweiss Pirates) (2004) –  group of young men resisting Hitler's regime

Bauhaus -Broken Wings (2006)  --  March 23rd 1933, students at the Bauhaus School for Arts and Architecture try to save their art from the Nazis

X  Fünf letzte Tage (Last Five Days) (1982) --  a few students at Munich University oppose Hitler's fascist regime

Hitler: Beast of Berlin (1939)  --  use of torture, imprisonment and concentration camps by Hitler's Germany

Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) – two brothers come to regret their involvement with the Nazis

Enemy of Women (1944)  --  Joseph Goebbles, propaganda minister

Taking Sides (2001)  --  Berlin orchestra director thinks politics and art won't mix under Hitler

die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman (The Manns - Novel of a Century) (2001)   --  biographical trilogy of the Mann family set during rise of fascism in Germany

Jump! (2007)  --  anti-Semitism in Austria leads to quick conviction of a young Jewish man for supposedly killing his father

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)   --  ex-convict attempts to go straight but is hindered by the troublesome and corrosive Weimar-era Germany (mini-series)

Um das Menschenrecht (1934)  -- rise of fascism in Germany

Pramen zivota (Spring of Life) (2000) – German SS program to build an Aryan race of supermen  and superwomen

Dny zrady I& II (Days of Betrayal) (1973)  --  Munich Conference agreement of September 1938 gives Germany the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia  (occupied October 1938)

Der Bockerer (The Butcher) (1981)  --  Viennese butcher doesn't like the Nazi occupation of Austria, says so and gets in trouble; acts like an idiot to survive

Livrez-nous Grynszpan (Bring Us Grynszpan) (2008) – a young Jew kills a German diplomat in Paris in desperation, giving the Nazis an excuse to launch "Kristallnacht" Nov, 1938

X  Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland (Hitler:  A Film from Germany) (1977)--  seven hour long film exploring why the Germans deified Hitler

The Nightmare Years (1989)  -- tv mini-series: story of American journalist William Shirer observes up close the increasing extremism of the Nazis; Shirer wrote the book "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"
 

 

La Niña de tus ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams) (1998)  --  Franco's Spain makes movies in Hitler's Germany

 

WORLD WAR II -- GERMANY

Casablanca (1942)  --  love in 1940 Martinique under French Vichy government

To Have and to Have Not (1944) follow up to Casablanca, this time Martinique

Inside the Third Reich (1982)  --  Randy Quaid

Hitler (1962) 

Das Boot (1981)  -- U-boats in 1941

To Be or Not to Be (1949) -- occupied Poland; Jack Benny

The Last Lieutenant (1993)  --  resistance to the Nazi invasion of Norway

Dunkirk (1958) --  escape of the trapped British forces in France, June 1940

Weekend at Dunkirk (1965) -- seen from the French perspective

Mrs. Miniver (1942) --  Dunkirk & their effects of the war on an English family

In Which We Serve (1942) -- based on experiences of Lord Louis Mountbatten

Battle of Britain (1969) -- never have so many owed so much to so few, July-October, 1940

Dark Blue World (2001)  --  Czech pilots flee to England and help in the Battle of Britain

Angels One Five (1952) --  pilots in the Battle of Britain

Hope and Glory (1987) -- British family sticks together in spite of German bombings

Assignment in Brittany (1943)  --  efforts of the Free French

NAVAL WARFARE:

49th Parallel (1941)  --  a Nazi U-boat crew shipwrecked in Canada try to flee to the neutral United States

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)  --  before Dec. 7, 1941, the US merchant mariners brought supplies to the Russians

Atlantic Convoy (1942)  --  war on U-boats attacking Allied ship convoys

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)  --  destruction of  the Graf Spee, Montevideo, Uruguay, December 1939

Sink the Bismarck! (1960) -- sinking of Germany's most powerful battleship, May 27, 1941

Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) --  British raid on large ship dock at St. Nazaire, France, March 28, 1942

Above Us the Waves (1955)  --  a British midget submarine raid damages German battleship Tirpitz, September 1943

GERMANS KICKED OUT OF AFRICA:

Sundown (1941)  --  Nazis in East Africa

Desert Fox (1951) -- Field Marshal Rommel

Sahara (1943) -- British troops facing Germans in north Africa

Tobruk (1967) -- attempt to destroy Rommel's fuel supply in North Africa

Rats of Tobruk (1944)  --  one of Australia's greatest wartime legends

Desert Rats (1953) -- Tobruk seen from Australian side

Desert Patrol (1958) -- British patrol in Africa before battle of El Alamein

El Alamein (2002) -- the battle that finally stops Rommel in North Africa seen through the eyes of an Italian unit, October- November, 1942

El Alamein (1968)  --  Italian troops left behind by their German allies

The Story of G. I. Joe (1945)

Patton (1970) -- from North Africa to Sicily (July 1943)  to France and Germany

Big Red One (1980)  --  Sam Fuller's WWII diary of squad in First Infantry Division  

 

ALLIED INVASION OF ITALY

Anzio (1968)  --  French-Italian-Spanish movie dealing with the beach landing, January to May, 1944

Darby's Rangers (1958) -- assault troops in N. Africa & Italy

Bold and the Brave (1956) -- WWII soldiers fighting in Italy

RUSSIAN FRONT:

Talvisota (The Winter War) (1989) --  the Soviet Union attacks Finland; Finnish resistance

A Rukajärven tie (Ambush) (1999)  --  Finnish resistance 1939-1940

Come and See  (1985)  --  resistance to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in Byelorussia

The North Star (1943)  --  a Ukrainian village under Nazi invasion, June 1941

Stalingrad  (1992)  -- the real turning point of the war; choice of German or English and using or not using subtitles

Enemy at the Gate (2001) --  Russian sniper vs. German sniper at Stalingrad

Italiani brava gente (Attack and Retreat) (1999)  --  Italian army up against the Russians at the Battle of the Don during the  Stalingrad counteroffensive

ALLIED INVASION OF FRANCE:

Then There Were Giants (1994)

Yanks (1979) -- love stories involving American troops in England

Eisenhower

Patton (1970) -- George C. Scott

The Last Days of Patton (1986)

D-day, the 6th of June (1956)  --  June 6, 1944

The Longest Day (1962) -- D-Day

Band of Brothers (2001) - Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in many battles, including Bastogne during Battle of the Bulge

Saving Private Ryan -- D-Day

Breakthrough (2000)  --  D-Day

Dieppe (1993)  --  worst defeat of Canadian forces in World War II

Guns of Navarone (1961)

Force 10 from Navarone (1978) - follow-up to Guns of Navarone

To Hell and Back (1955) -- Audi Murphy

Go for Broke! (1950)  --  Japanese-American troops fight in Europe; the 442, the first all-Nisei (Japanese- American) Regimental combat team

Bridge at Remagen (1969) --  Allies plan to blow the bridge at Remagen, March 7, 1944

Jackboot Mutiny (2001)  --  attempt to assassinate Hitler, July 20, 1944

Plot to Kill Hitler (1990)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)  --  Allied defeat in Operation Market Garden, Sept 1944

GERMAN COUNTER-ATTACK:

When Trumpets Fade (1998) -- Battle of Hurtgen Forest (second phase beginning Nov. 10, 1944)

Battle of the Bulge (1965) -- Hitler's famous counter-attack that ultimately failed (Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan. 7, 1945)

Battleground (1949) -- 101st Airborne's defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge

Midnight Clear (1992) -- anti-war drama about mission in Ardennes Forest near end of WWII

AIR WAR:

Memphis Belle (1990) -- air raids over Dresden

Twelve O'clock High (1949) -  US bomber pilots over Germany

Catch 22 --  comedy set during air war over Europe

Journey Together (1946)  --  RAF air war

The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)  -- black airmen

Spitefire (1942)  --  story of the designer of the superior RAF fighter plane, the Spitfire

Appointment in London (1952)  --  air war seen through eyes of a wing commander of a British squadron of Lancaster bombers

OTHERS:

The Great Escape (1963)

Stalag 17 (1953)

A Generation (1954)  --  1st in trilogy of Polish resistance

Kanal (1957) -- 2nd in trilogy; Warsaw uprising in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1944

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) --  3rd in trilogy; Polish film of Resistance movement in Poland during WW II's closing days

The Battle of Neretva (1970) -- Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia and 1943 victory of Tito's partisans

U-571  (2000)  --  mission to capture a German Enigma coding machine from a U-boat

HITLER'S LAST DAYS:

Downfall (2004)  --  of Hitler that is ; Bruno Ganz as Hitler

The Bunker (1981)  --  last days of Hitler ; Anthony Hopkins as Hitler

Hitler -- The Last Ten Days (1973)  --  the last ten days of the life of Hitler in his bunker in Berlin;  Alec Guiness as Hitler

Der letzte Akt (The Last Ten Days of Adolf Hitler) (1955)  -- 

The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973)  --  from his birthday on April 20, 1945 until his death by desperate suicide; Frank Finlay  as Hitler

Nuremberg (2000)  --  war crime trials

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) --  war crime trials of the German Nazis

Nuremberg Trials (1947)  --  war crime trials

Nuremberg: Goering's Last Stand (2006) – Goering makes friends with the prison guards to help him get what he wants

Ich war neunzehn (I Was Nineteen) (1968) – 19 years old born originally in Germany reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team

Die brücke  (The Bridge) (1959) -- German teen-age boys drafted to help stop the Allied invasion

Die Letzte Brücke (The Last Bridge) (1954)  --  anti-war themed German movie about Hitler using boys to fight for the fatherland (starring Maria Schell and Bernhard Wicki)

Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1996)  --  a French POW rounds up children for a German military academy, who are ultimately sacrificed to stem the oncoming Russians

Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2008)  --  Russians take revenge for German atrocities in Russia by wholesale raping of the women of Berlin

 

 

HOLOCAUST:

Prelude:

 Jew Süss (Power) (1934) – anti-Semitism in Württemberg (Nazis loved the film)

Europa, Europa (1991)  -- anti-Semitism in Germany

Gentleman's Agreement (1947) -- anti-Semitism in USA

The Shop on Main Street (1965) -- Czechoslovakian film about anti-Semitism

X  Commissar (1967)  --  anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union

X  The Fixer  --  the time of the pogroms in Russia helps lead to a false accusation of murder against an innocent Jewish man

X  Levins Mühle (1980) – East German film about anti-Semitism

The Holocaust (1978) -- Meryl Streep; family members suffer extermination under Anti-Semetic Nazi Law until only one son remains

Sunshine (1999)  --  three generations of Hungarian Jews from c. 1900 to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

X  Cold Days  --  anti-Semitism in Hungary (massacre of Jewish and Serbian people of Novi Sad in 1942)

X  Jump  --  anti-Semitism in the 1928 murder trial of famous and innocent photographer Phillippe Halsman in Austria

Spalovac mrtvol (The Cremator) (1969)  --   in Czechoslovakia a friend of a cremator convinces Kopfrkingl to emphasize his supposedly German heritage, to send his son to German school & to distance himself from his half-Jewish wife

Planning of the Holocaust:

Conspiracy (2001)  --  banal, but downright evil at the same time; the design of the implementation of the Holocaust

Wannseekonferenz (1984)  --  planning to implement the idea of a final solution 

Auschwitz (a complex of camps in southern Poland):

Sorstalanság (Fateless) (2005)  --   teenage Hungarian boy is sent to Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz concentration camps

Out of the Ashes (2003)  -- concentration camp survivor Dr. Gisella Perl

Ostatni etap (The Last Stage) (1948) --  a Polish woman's experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp

X  La tregua (The Truce) (1997) – Italian Jews returning home from Auschwitz after the war

Bergen Belsen:

The Relief of Bergen Belsen (2007)    --  British military shocked upon seeing the conditions at Bergen Belsen

Buchenwald  (on the Ettersberg (Etter Mountain) near Weimar, Germany)):

X  Nackt unter Wölfen (Naked among Wolves) (1963)  --  last weeks at Buchenwald before its liberation

Dauchau (16 km northwest of Munich, Bavaria):

Der NeunteTag (The Ninth Day) (2004)  --   a Catholic priest from Luxembourg is held in the Dachau concentration camp and yet gets a 9-day leave; what? why?

Sachsenhausen (Oranienburg,  n.e. Germany):

X  Pastor Hall (1940)  --  German pastor Martin Niemoller thrown into Sachsenhausen concentration camp for speaking out against the Nazis

Sobibor (Sobibór, s.w. of Warsaw, occupied Poland):

Escape from Sobibor (1987)  --  the biggest and most successful escape of Jewish inmates from a death camp

Treblinka (n.e. of Warsaw near Treblinka, Poland):

X  Korczak (1991)  --  Dr. Janusz Korczak runs a Jewish orphanage in Poland; he and his orphans are sent to Treblinka on August 6, 1942

Warsaw Ghetto and Uprising (Warsaw, Poland):

The Pianist (2002)  --  Jewish survivor of the Warsaw ghetto uprising

Uprising (2002)  --  uprising in the Warsaw ghetto

Urodziny mlodego warszawiaka (The Birthday) (1980) –  life of a young man from Warsaw is greatly changed by the German invasion of Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

X  Jacob the Liar (1974)  --  Jacob uses story-telling to keep up the spirits of the resident of the Warsaw ghetto even if he has to lie now and then

X  Samson (1960)  --  man released from prison is imprisoned again in Warsaw Ghetto for being Jewish

X  Ulnica Graniczna (Border Street)  --  four people join in the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis

X Ninas resa (Nina's Journey)  --  Nina spends three years in the Warsaw ghetto while the people around her keep vanishing

Akcja pod Arsenalelm (Operation Arsenal) (1978)--  rescue of 31 prisoner being transported to the Pawiak prison by the underground Polish Home Army in occupied Warsaw

Jeszcze tylko ten las (Just Beyond This Forest) (1991) --  a Jewish woman hires an Aryan woman to take her young daughter to the countryside until the war is over

Other Concentration Camps:

X  Two Thousand Women  --  2,000 women are inmates in a WWII German concentration camp in France

Kapò (1961)  --   Edith, a French Jewish girl,  is transferred from a Nazi concentration camp to a Polish labor camp where she becomes a kapo in the camp

Resistance:

Rosenstrasse (2003)  --  early 1943, courageous German non-Jewish wives protest against the imprisonment of their Jewish husbands

The Grey Zone (2001)  --  revolt of the Jews who fed the Holocaust ovens at Auschwitz II - Birkenau 

X  Hanna’s War (1988) – Hungarian Jewish martyr Hannah Senesh executed by the Nazis in 1944

X  Kapo (1959) --  in a concentration camp a young Jewish girl decides to lead an escape attempt

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2003)  --  German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler; he openly challenged his church to stand with the Jews; hanged April 1945

X  Sophie Scholl (2006)  --  Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine

X  Invincible (2002)  --  a Jewish strongman performer in Germany sees himself as chosen by God to warn his people of the impending danger

X  In Our Own Hands (1998)  --  story of the only all-Jewish fighting unit in World War II

Ostre sledované vlaky (Closely Watched Trains) (1966)  --  in Czechoslovakia a young man ignores the war, the occupation and the resistance to concentrate on his personal problems

Saving or Failing to Save Lives:

God Afton, Herr Wallenberg (Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg) (1990)  --  Swedish national saves Hungarian Jews

X  Wallenberg:  A Hero's Story (2 DVD set)  -- the hero saving Jews

X  Perlasca. Un eroe italiano (Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man) (2002) –  working with Wallenberg Italian fascist Giorgio Perlasca uses fascist credentials to save more than 5,000 Jews from extermination  (in Italian only film)

Divided We Fall (2000)  --  in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a couple agree to hide a Jewish friend

Zelary (2003)  --  a nurse and her lover in the Czech resistance are found out and she hast to hide in a very old-fashioned Czech village

The Hiding Place (1975) --  Corrie ten Boom recounts her and her family's experiences in a Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück, n. Germany holding mostly women

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) -- Jewish girl and family hide from Nazis

X  The Diary of Anne Frank (2008)  --  ditto

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988)  --  Miep Gies (Mary Steenburgen) aids Jewish refugees

Anne Frank:  The Whole Story (2001)  --  the story of Anne Frank hiding in the Netherlands from the Gestapo

Das Boot ist Voll (The Boat is Full) (1980)  --  destruction of the myth of the Swiss "lifeboat" for the persecuted

The Aryan Couple  (2004)  --   Himmler makes a deal with a rich Jewish-Hungarian steel industrialist: his vast fortune for his and his extended family's freedom

Amen (2002) --  the decision of the Vatican to remain neutral on all political matters, especially the Holocaust

Au revoir les enfants (Goodbye, Children) (1987)  --  a Catholic school in France hides three Jewish boys from the Gestapo

Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) (1980)  --  a gentile wife conceals  her Jewish theatre director husband from the Nazis during the German occupation of France

Ghetto (2006) – saving the lives of Jews and others in Vilna, Lithuania in 1942

The Assisi Underground (1985)  --  rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943 Assisi

Lacombe Lucien (1974)  --   in occupied France, a young Frenchman is conflicted over his work for the German police and his Jewish girlfriend

Schindler's List (1993) -- rescues his Jewish factory workers from death

Perlasca, un Eroe Italiano (Perlasca, an Italian Hero or Perlasca, The Courage of a Just Man) (2002)  – Italian film about Giorgio Perlasca, who saved five thousand Jews

Divided We Fall (2000)  --  in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a couple agree to hide a Jewish friend

Zelary (2003)  --  a nurse and her lover in the Czech resistance are found out and she hast to hide in a very old-fashioned Czech village

The Hiding Place (1975) --  Corrie ten Boom recounts her and her family's experiences in a Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück, n. Germany holding mostly women

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) -- Jewish girl and family hide from Nazis

X  The Diary of Anne Frank (2008)  --  ditto

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988)  --  Miep Gies (Mary Steenburgen) aids Jewish refugees

Anne Frank:  The Whole Story (2001)  --  the story of Anne Frank hiding in the Netherlands from the Gestapo

Das Boot ist Voll (The Boat is Full) (1980)  --  destruction of the myth of the Swiss "lifeboat" for the persecuted

The Aryan Couple  (2004)  --   Himmler makes a deal with a rich Jewish-Hungarian steel industrialist: his vast fortune for his and his extended family's freedom

Amen (2002) --  the decision of the Vatican to remain neutral on all political matters, especially the Holocaust

Au revoir les enfants (Goodbye, Children) (1987)  --  a Catholic school in France hides three Jewish boys from the Gestapo

Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) (1980)  --  a gentile wife conceals  her Jewish theatre director husband from the Nazis during the German occupation of France

Ghetto (2006) – saving the lives of Jews and others in Vilna, Lithuania in 1942

The Assisi Underground (1985)  --  rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943 Assisi

Lacombe Lucien (1974)  --   in occupied France, a young Frenchman is conflicted over his work for the German police and his Jewish girlfriend

Schindler's List (1993) -- rescues his Jewish factory workers from death

Perlasca, un Eroe Italiano (Perlasca, an Italian Hero or Perlasca, The Courage of a Just Man) (2002)  – Italian film about Giorgio Perlasca, who saved five thousand Jews

Edges of the Lord (2000)  --  in Poland, Christians hide a Jewish boy from the Nazis

The Man Who Cried (2000)  --  Russian Jewish immigrant is endangered in a Paris, France dance troupe because of her heritage

Voyage of the Damned (1976)-- Jewish passengers unable to disembark

Varian's War (2000)  --  an American Schindler Varian Fry saving European intellectuals from the Nazis

Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa) (2001)  --  Jewish refugees establish a new life in Kenya during the Hitler reign

X  The Round Up  --  French police help in a big round up of  French Jews, night of July 16, 1942

X  Hidden in Silence -- a Polish teenage girl risks death by providing refuge for Jewish people

Lena:  My 100 Children (1987)  --  a woman adopts 100 Jewish Holocaust orphans, but then her problems of defending the children gets really tough

Defiance (2008)  --  true story of three brothers taking on the task of defending a multitude of 1,000 Polish Jews from the German occupation force

X  Miracle at Moreaux (1986)  --  a Catholic nun works to save Jewish children from the Nazis

X  Désobéir (Aristides de Sousa Mendes) (2008) – Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes helps save war refugees fleeing from invading Germans

X  I slik en natt (It Happened One Night) (1958) – a young woman doctor who in 1942, helped several Jewish children escape for the border to neutral Sweden

X  A Day in October (1992)  --  Danish resistance helps 7,200 Danish Jews escape to Sweden

Debajo del mundo (Underground; Under the Earth) (1987)  --  a family hides underground for six years to escape the Nazi's plans for them

X  Boxer a smrt (The Boxer and Death) (1963)  --  in a Nazi concentration camp, the commandant, a former prize-fighter, saves an inmate from execution because of his amateur boxing ability

X  The Assisi Underground (1985)  --  the monasteries and convents of the city of Assisi provide haven to Jewish refugees

X  Divided We Fall (2001)  --  a couple in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia hide their Jewish neighbor at great risk to themselves

Haven -- Complete Series  --  In Nazi occupied Europe, Ruth Gruber risks her life to help around 1,000 survivors of the Holocaust to escape to the USA 

X  On pouvait pas savoir (Monsieur Batignole) (2002)   --  Batignole gets to take over the apartment belonging to the Bernstein family after they are arrested by the Gestapo; young Simon Bernstein escapes and returns to the apartment; Batignole decides to hide him

X  Conspiracy of Hearts (1960)  --  in Italy nuns regularly smuggle Jewish children out of a nearby concentration camp

X  Me and the Colonel  --  a humble Jew and an arrogant Polish colonel  have many differences but they better get along because they both seek escape from Nazi-occupied Paris

War Criminals Escape and the Search for Them:

The Statement (2003)  --  war criminal Pierre Broussard escapes justice for many years because of an intricate web of protection, including the French clergy

The Debt (2011)  --  a woman and two men working for Mossad capture the Butcher of Birkenau and then the intrigue really starts

X  Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989) (TV)  --  the Nazi-war-criminal-hunter and catcher

X  Kessler - Complete Series --  very cruel Gestapo officer sneaks out to a fascist colony in Paraguay, but anti-fascists come looking for him

X La traque (Manhunt)  --  the Klarsfelds pursue Klaus Barbie, the "Butcher of Lyon" to South America

Aftermath:

X  La tregua (The Truce) (1997) – Italian Jews returning home from Auschwitz after the war

X  Krajobraz po bitwie (Landscape After the Battle) (1970) – Polish film about the after-math of living in a concentration camp on a young couple

X  I Love You, I Love You Not (1997)  --  a Jewish prep school student shares stories of anti-Semitism with her grandmother, an Auschwitz survivor (with Jeanne Moreau and Claire Danes)

X  Under the Domim Tree (1996)  --  1953 Israel has to deal with orphans damaged because of the Holocaust

X  For my Baby  --  a young man is forced by his mother to wear female clothes to resemble his sister Hannah, who died in a concentration camp

X  Un secret (A Secret) (2007)  --  1953, a 15 year old gentile boy finds out that his parents and he are Jewish; the parents passed for Aryans to avoid the Holocaust

X  Skin  -  16 year old son of a Jewish father traumatized by the events of WWII, becomes a skin head neo-Nazi and in 1983 ends up killing a 13 year old boy

Other:

Devil's Arithmetic (1999)  --  a young Jewish woman cares little about her Jewish heritage until she gets a taste of life in a concentration camp

Mr. Klein (1976)  --  the non-Jewish Klein exploits the Jewish people in occupied Paris, World War II, only to be mistaken as Jewish

Look to the Sky (1993)  --  Jonah, an innocent young Jewish Child from Amsterdam, tries to survive life in a concentration camp

Rotation (1949)  ---  laborer for the Nazis quits his job after his Jewish neighbors are taken away

X  Daleká cesta (Distant Journey)  --  Czech Holocaust film about a Jewish eye doctor in love with a Gentile plagued by anti-Semitism

X  Pasazerka (The Passenger) (1963)  --  on a cruise ship a former Auschwitz camp overseer thinks she sees someone who once was her prisoner (Polish film)

Bent (1997)  --   two gay men come to the attention of the Gestapo in Germany; the survivor of the two falls in love with another inmate

X  The Last Butterfly (1993)  --  the Germans force a mime to help fool the Red Cross that everything is o.k. in Terezin, a town that the Nazis set up as a holding place for Jews who will be sent off to concentration camps

X  Prisoner of Paradise (2003)  --  German-Jewish actor who co-starred with Marlene Dietrich in "The Blue Angel" is sent to a concentration camp

X  Me and the Colonel --  just before the German invasion of Paris, a Jewish refugee tries to escape in a car and picks up an anti-Semite & his girlfriend

X A Boy in Striped Pajamas  -  in a concentration camp a German boy becomes friends with a Jewish boy with consequences

X  Rondo (2009)  --  father and son Jewish Refugees in England come closer emotionally as they learn their relatives died in German concentration camps

X  A Friendship in Vienna (1988)  -- two friends, one Gentile and one Jewish, are disturbed by Hitler's take-over of Austria

X  A Son's War (2009) – Prague, 1939, a young Jewish man faced by the Nazi occupation of the city, has to choose between his freedom and his mother

X  Gebürtig (2002)  --  a Jewish virtuoso, is pressured to return to testify against a concentration camp leader, while a German newsman  has to deal with his father having been an important SS doctor

 Operation Daybreak (1975)  --  plot to kill the "Butcher of Prague" SS-General Reinhard Heydrich (who was a driving force of the Final Solution)

Hangmen Also Die (1943)  --  after the assassination of  SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, young Czech woman is enlisted by shady Dr. Svoboda

 

 

Post-War Germany 

West Germany:

Drancy Avenir (1997) --  deals with how do German parents tell their children about Hitler, the Nazis and the Holocaust

Deutschland bleiche Mutter (Germany, Pale Mother)  (1980)   --  a German woman and her daughter try to survive while the father is away fighting; dad returns and it gets worse

Das schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl) (1990) --   a German girl researches her town's past, discovers collaboration with the Nazis and earns the enmity of the townspeople

The Tunnel (2001) -- escaping from East Berlin to West Berlin via a tunnel

Heimat - Chronicle of Germany (1985)  --   Germany in the years 1919-1982 through the eyes of a woman named Maria

Heimat II (Home, Vol. 2: A Chronicle of a Generation) (1994)  --  portrait of German youth in the wild 1960s

Heimat III (Heimat, Vol. 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings) (2004)  -- 

Germania anno zero (Germany Year Zero) (1948)  --  young German boy suffers from the hard times following the end of WWII

Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun) (1979)  --  rough times for Germany immediately following the end of WWII

The Big Lift (1950)  --  Berlin Air-lift 

Die Luftbrücke - Nur der Himmel war frei (2005) --  Berlin airlift

Im Schatten der Macht (Willy Brandt) (2003) – last days of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, (Chancellor from 1969-1974)

Stammheim (1986)  --  the trial in Stammheim Prison of the left-wing terrorist Baader-Meinhof Group

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) – the story of the German leftist terrorist Baader Meinhof Gang

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) (1975)  --  panic over Red Army Faction terrorism in the 1970s Germany

X  Meier 19 (Meier Nineteen)  --   in Zurich, Switzerland  policeman Meier 19 thinks the head of the crime squad stole the money for wages and this gets Meier 19 in deep trouble; he becomes the hero of the 1968 youth movement ($55)

Est kommt der Tag (The Day Will Come) (2009)  --  daughter meets her mother and is disturbed about mom's past with the terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF), but mom has no regrets about it

Die bleierne Zeit (The German Sisters) (1981) – 1968, West German reporter Julianne starts to question the system when her terrorist sister Marianna is treated very badly

Das Wunder von Bern  (The Miracle of Bern) (2003)  --  troubles for a family following the end of WWII

Rosen fuer den Staatsanwalt (Roses for the Prosecutor) (1959)  --  attempts of German society to overcome the shadows of the past  (currently unavailable; VHS tape)

Der Schulfreund (The High School Buddy) (1960)  --   fellow writes a letter asking for release of a Jewish man recently arrested and now must be declared insane to avoid being executed

Deutschstunde (1971)  --  -youth's uncle is an expressionist painter who the Nazis forbid to paint; youth helps hide uncle's newest paintings from his conservative, policeman father (currently unavailable)

X Die Partei (The Party)  --  West German resentment grows after 20 years of wealth transfers from West to East Germany

X Der Fall Furtwangler (Taking Sides)  --  famous conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic undergoes de-Nazification and an American major forces him to re-examine his life during the Third Reich

East Germany:

Las Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) (2006)  --  1984 East Berlin, Stasi surveillance tactics changes the life of one Stasi worker

Sonnenllee (Sun Alley) (1999)  --  17-year-old boy growing up in communist East Germany in the 1970s ($105)

Good Bye, Lenin (2003)  --  after unification of the two Germanys, a son tries to restore East German life so his mother recently out of a coma won't have a relapse

.Berlin Calling (2008) --  East German Martin, after getting out of prison after 12 years, finds it hard to adjust to life in Berlin after German unification

X  Das Wunder von Berlin (The Miracle of Berlin) (2008)  --  the lives of a young East German, his girlfriend and his parents are changed forever with the coming down of the Berlin Wall, 1989 (English subtitles)

Wege in die Nacht (Paths in the Night) (1999)  --  he was a once-powerful man in East Germany, but after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he is redundant and adrift (English subtitles)

Der rote Kakadu (The Red Cockatoo) (2006) – union of East and West Germany

Kleinruppin (Kleinruppin forever) (2004)  -- identical twins Ronny and Tim switch places forcing Tim to experience life in East Germany

Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legends of Rita) (2000) – a terrorist in West Germany moves over to East Germany but is afraid her cover will be blown, especially when East and West Germany unite

 

 

 

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