Best Jew-Nazi dramas during the Holocaust.
written by Souranath Banerjee
For anybody who is not familiar with the word ‘holocaust‘ (though i doubt that), it is a term used to define the genocide in which approximately six million Jews (including one million Jewish children) were killed by Adolf Hitler through his Nazi regime.
There were another five million non-Jewish victims of Nazi mass murders as well.
And thus, in between1941 to 1945, while Germany was fighting the WorldWar II in the forefront, approximately eleven million people were executed in a preplanned and secretive manner throughout Nazi-Germany and the other German-occupied territories.
Numerous films and documentaries have been made to portray those unpredictable and desperate times.
Interestingly the films listed below neither emphasize on the WWII nor particularly based on the inhumane concentration camp stories; these films tell the tales of those who defied against the barbaric massacre of human lives, of those who challenged the deadly systematic annihilation and survived (or at least tried to).
Most of these films are based on true stories and are definitely the best Jew-Nazi dramas in the times of Holocaust.
Please have a look.
10. Black Book (2006)
Original title: Zwartboek. Language: Dutch.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKEDKF8iDUw
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, this one was the official Netherlands entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars.
A Jewish singer who transforms herself from a war victim to a spy, she uses her charms and also puts her life at risk to pass German war secrets to the Dutch Resistance.
A visual treat and a plot that has so many twists to keep you guessing till the end.
9. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Original title: Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage. Language: German.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x14U3R3-dFE
The White Rose was the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement and young Sophie Scholl was one of the most prominent members of it.
The film is a dramatized version of brave Sophie Scholl’s arrest, her interrogation, her trial till her sentence in 1943 Munich.
Directed by Marc Rothemund, a chilling war drama, a must watch.
8. In Darkness (2011)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHuPtd9oCSQ
Leopold Socha, a man probably lesser known than Oskar Schindler but then again he saved numerous lives in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov during Holocaust.
He risked his own life hiding Jewish refugees from the Nazis in the sewers for almost 14 months!
Directed by Polish female director Agnieszka Holland, a heart touching story of humanity and valor.
7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnrRy6kSFF0
Fiction at it’s best; two separate plans to assassinate the Nazi leaders unfortunately coincide and how!
Quentin Tarantino‘s take on the gruesome times of history – a drama told in his unique style, quirky and essentially violent.
Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth among others. One of the most popular one in the list.
6. Defiance (2008)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-9eUXSzZNk
In the Belarussian forests the Jewish brothers escapes from the Nazis and built their own village to protect themselves and also 1000 other Jews.
Directed by Edward Zwick, this is the epic story of defiance as some Jews decided to fought back against their oppressors.
Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber great performances indeed.
5. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7zDyJcF3ko
In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, a young Jewish girl named Anne Frank is forced to hide in an attic with her family and a few friends.
The film is based on the real accounts of events documented by Anne herself in her diary.
Directed by George Stevens, this one is a brilliant tale of the war seen through the innocent eyes of a young girl hoping to be free some day.
4. The Pawnbroker (1964)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNLBKdV83co
A Jewish pawnbroker who once survived through the savage concentration camps is too damaged and scarred to trust or love others.
An unforgettable performance by Rod Steiger, a brilliant actor of his times.
Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film is a gem and deserves much more recognition and popularity than it ever earned. Please do watch.
3. Amen. (2002)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McEkNCpTOKs
Kurt Gerstein, a German sanitation engineer who developed the lethal gas Zyklon-B, didn’t realize that the same gas will be used by the SS to kill millions of Jews in the camps.
He in order to stop the genocide tries to inform the Pope Pius XII and ask for the Vatican’s help.
Directed by Costa-Gavras, a film full of passion and drama.
2. The Pianist (2002)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_jE7-6Uv7E
Talented Adrien Brody as the pianist who desperately struggles to escape from the clutches of the Nazis and from being sent to the ghettos and executed.
Directed by my favorite director Roman Polanski, a film so powerful and emotional and yet very realistic.
The best Holocaust movie ever made – yes, my vote surely goes for this one.
- Schindler’s List (1993)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRGC-w9syA
Master director Steven Spielberg tells the tale of Oskar Schindler, a German business man who is responsible for saving many Jewish lives (more than 1000) from being gassed during the Holocaust.
Liam Neeson as Schindler has given his career best performance.
Probably the most popular film representing this particular historical period.
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch).
+1. Downfall (2004)
Original title: Der Untergang, Language: German.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD1Riwv5wqw
This particular film explores the final days of the Reich and of it’s leaders such as Himmler, Goring, Goebbels and Hitler himself.
April 1945, chances of Germany winning the war looks grim but still the paranoid dictator wants to fight till the end.
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, one of the most microscopic view on last days of Hitler.
Similar Interest: Best Concentration Camp films during the Holocaust (10+1list).
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