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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Some Holocaust survivors have criticized the portrayal of Dr. Weiss after he becomes a prisoner of Auschwitz, because his character is portrayed as working on road gangs and paving crews. Jewish doctors in Auschwitz were almost always assigned to the camp infirmary and placed in the moral dilemma of serving under German doctors. These Jewish doctors endured an "agony of conscience" as they were ordered to help prevent the spread of disease from Jewish inmates to German captors, and also participate in medical experiments and, in some cases, even selections for the gas chambers. See more »

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Anna Weiss: There is no hope! Karl is in prison and Rudi ran away! Never a word from him! And Papa, in Poland, where it's like they came after him! Mama, you're acting as if this is a play. Writing letters. Talking about Papa's patients.
Berta Palitz Weiss: It does no harm.
Anna Weiss: You always had that notion that you were someone special, so fine, so educated! The Nazis would never hurt you or your children! And look! Look what's happened to us!
[sobs hysterically]
Inga Helms Weiss: Anna, your mother can't be blamed.
Anna Weiss: New Year's Eve! And who knows if ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Cicely Tyson/Talking Heads (1979) See more »

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Powerful educational tale of entire Holocaust
14 June 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

If you were only to see one movie, one television series in your life about the Holocaust (and you should see more), this would be it.

It is the most wide-ranging, most thorough examination of what happened to central and eastern Europe's Jews between 1935 and 1945. The series focuses not on one camp: but on several (Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Buchenwald, Sobribor - and hear much of Maidenek, Dachau, and others). We see the creation and changes in the ghetto in Warsaw (and hear of the ghettos in Vilnius and elsewhere). We see the evolution in the methods of killing Jews

  • and why. We see what happened to those deemed defectives at yet another


camp.

With two exceptions, I found the acting (by a truly stunning cast - from Nigel Hawthorne to Ian Holm, from James Woods to T.P. McKenna, from Meryl Streep to David Warner, from Rosemary Harris to Sam Wanamaker, from Fritz Weaver to Tovah Feldshuh, Robert Stephens to Deborah Norton, Michael Moriarty) superb - truly moving and powerful. The two exceptions were the daughter Anna and the son Rudy played by Joseph Bottoms. This may not be entirely their fault - their parts are so underwritten - conventional.

The fantastic aspect of this series is its scope - you really do have a grounding in the Holocaust that would serve you well reading any history, seeing any movies set in this time.

The downside is that as fine as the acting is, the series is split among the stories of six to eight people over the course of a decade - which inevitably limits how moved the audience is by the story of each. Thus, in contrast to say, Schindler's List or The Pianist, we are not living and breathing with one person and what happens to him - we do not know these characters THAT well.

I would also criticize the series as creating such one-sidedly virtuous characters in the victims. We are interested in a character in drama only to the extent that the person seems real and we can therefore wholly identify with this real breathing person. Although we do have some feeling of how James Woods' character is different from say, Joseph Bottoms', it isn't sufficient to move the drama to the greatest heights. Actors don't come better than those in this series - so I think it's really due to the nature of the series - the need to get it all in and move around all the different experiences. This better serves our education, but somewhat reduces the sense of having suffered with each individual.

This was a great and enormously expensive production. It is very worthwhile renting - and should be shown to everyone above say, the age of 12 (I'd say that a younger age is too susceptible to the horror). NBC is to be commended highly for having developed it. It's tremendous.


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