The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.
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1978  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Rudi Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Helena Slomova (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Berta Palitz Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Heinz Muller (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Erik Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Marta Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
George Rose ...
 Franz Lowy / ... (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Uncle Kurt Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Moses Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Heydrich / ... (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Dr. Josef Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Karl Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Dr. Kohn (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Zalman (4 episodes, 1978)
Käte Jaenicke ...
 Frau Lowy (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Adolf Eichmann (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Inga Helms Weiss (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Hans Frank (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Hans Helms (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Blobel (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Weinberg (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Heinrich Himmler (2 episodes, 1978)
Lee Montague ...
 Uncle Sasha (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Eva (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Karp (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Garell ...
 Yuri (2 episodes, 1978)
Werner Kreindl ...
 Herr Helms (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Rabbi Karsh (2 episodes, 1978)
Edward Gilkrist ...
 Peter Dorf - teen (2 episodes, 1978)
Courtney Hill ...
 Laura Dorf - teen (2 episodes, 1978)
Nina Sandt ...
 Frau Helms (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Anna Weiss (2 episodes, 1978)
Götz von Langheim ...
 Berlin Doctor (2 episodes, 1978)
Jeremy Levy ...
 Aaron Feldman (2 episodes, 1978)
Miriam Mahler ...
 Woman with Infant (2 episodes, 1978)
Walter Scheuer ...
 Prague Policeman (2 episodes, 1978)
Irene Prador ...
 Maria Kalova (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Otto Felscher (2 episodes, 1978)
Bruno Thost ...
 Kapo Melnick / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Joe Trummer ...
 Czech Jew (2 episodes, 1978)
Murray Salem ...
 Analavitz (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Rabbi Samuel (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Vogel ...
 Emil Frey (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Weihs ...
 Sacristan (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Heinrich Palitz (2 episodes, 1978)
Kathina Kaiser ...
 Sarah Ohlnick / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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Storyline

"Holocaust" follows each member of the Jewish Family Weiss throughout Hitler's reign in Germany. One by one, the family members suffer the horrible fate of extermination under Anti-Semetic Nazi Law until only one son remains at the end of World War II. A sub-plot follows the story of Eric Dorf, a young German lawyer with a good heart who is changed into a mass murderer by membership in the SS. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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nazi | jewish | germany | lawyer | doctor | See All (67) »

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The story of man's inhumanity to man.

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Drama | Romance | War

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16 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When this was aired on German television, police station switchboards were flooded with confessional calls during the "Krystallnacht" scene, where people were smashing the windows of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses. People who had participated in the actual event were calling to confess their participation, but the Statute of Limitation had taken effect, and no actions could be taken, despite their confessions. However, the furor arising from this problem led to the West German Government altering the relevant laws to extend such time limits under such circumstances to enable the prosecution of such perpetrators. See more »

Quotes

Rudi Weiss: Do you remember the first time we made love in Prague?
Helena Slomova: Don't embarrass me.
Rudi Weiss: It was beautiful. The best thing I ever knew in my life.
Helena Slomova: For me too.
Rudi Weiss: Now each time we're together. The wonder of it. Two people knowing each other so closely. Not just the bodies, the arms, the lips. It's as if God or nature or someone decided it had to be.
Helena Slomova: Rudi, there's a poet in you.
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Connections

Referenced in Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989) See more »

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Outstanding Miniseries
7 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

NBC's Holocaust is perhaps the finest miniseries I've seen on television. I purchased the two VHS set several years ago and watch it at least once a year over several nights. Holocaust features a large, excellent cast, which make up for emotion which they lack in depth. Sadly, the stories are all too familiar and have presented in one form or another, but what makes this series stand out is the fact that it was able to compress time and feature some of the best known events of the holocaust, such as Babi Yar, Sobibor and Warsaw Ghetto, seamlessly. The dual story lines tracking the Jewish Weiss family and the German Dorff family intertwine believably, and the graphic violence is appropriate for this production. Michael Moriarty was excellent as the meek lawyer who became a cold calculator and Rosemary Harris was memorable as the proud but stubborn Berta Weiss. Meryl Streep and James Woods also are noteworthy, and it's a delight to see both actors in early roles. I recall when Holocaust debuted it became a media event and school project, with study guides for classroom discussion. I wonder if some of the material was appropriate for some young audiences.


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