Holocaust (1978)

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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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 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)
Deborah Norton ...
 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)
Charles Korvin ...
 Dr. Kohn (4 episodes, 1978)
Stanley Lebor ...
 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)
John Bailey ...
 Hans Frank (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Hans Helms (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Blobel (3 episodes, 1978)
Cyril Shaps ...
 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)
Martin Brandt ...
 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)
George Pravda ...
 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)
Gabor Vernon ...
 Rabbi Samuel (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Vogel ...
 Emil Frey (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Weihs ...
 Sacristan (2 episodes, 1978)
Marius Goring ...
 Heinrich Palitz (2 episodes, 1978)
Kathina Kaiser ...
 Sarah Ohlnick / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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"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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The story of man's inhumanity to man.

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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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Extraordinary scope, superb acting
29 June 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

While the Holocaust has been treated in many excellent films and television shows, the 1978 TV mini-series "Holocaust" remains one of the finest. This was the second mini-series ever produced for television, and like it's predecessor, "Roots," the producers attempted to create something that would rival the best that Hollywood could produce for the movies, with the added ability of telling much more of the story by virtue of having much more time to do it in. Thus, the 1978 television mini series "Holocaust" is as well-produced, written and acted as Spielberg's extraordinary film "Schindler's List."

Particularly good performances are given by Meryl Streep as the aristocratic German wife to a Jewish artist, Karl Weiss, played by James Woods. (Did you know that Woods can be as good as a good-guy as he can as a bad-guy?) Karl Weiss is the eldest son of a prominent Berliner Jewish family. We follow him into the concentration camps, including Treblinka (the "show" camp) and eventually to Auschwitz (Oswiecim). Streep follows, sacrificing everything to try to stay with him, or at least near him, and to keep him alive.

Grandpa Weiss is a Jewish German patriot who fought for the Kaiser during WWI and is proud of it, and never can come to terms with the betrayal of his fellow patriots. Fritz Weaver is Papa Weiss, whose story takes us through the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto as he attempts to create some kind of order and safety in the midst of chaos and doom.

David Warner is remarkably sinister and urbane as Reinhard Heydrich, who came up with the legal gobbledygook to create the "Final Solution." Michael Moriarity plays Heinrich's assistant Erik Dorff, a former student and friend of the Weiss family. Moriarty chillingly portrays the seductive nature of National Socialism for the intellectual: He is given the choice of becoming a Nazi, and later Heinrich's assistant, or becoming cannon fodder on the Russian Front. He chooses the former, and goes about his task of carrying out the annihilation of the Jews, including his former good friends the Weiss', with cool logical efficiency. This may be Moriarty's finest hour as an actor.

Other actors of note include the actor's actor Ian Holm, former Brittish grand dame of the theater Rosemary Harris, Joseph Bottoms, Sam Wanamaker and Tovah Feldshuh.

This is entertaining history at its very best. Don't miss it.


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