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16 April 1978 (USA) See more »
The story of man's inhumanity to man.
The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community. Full summary »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Extraordinary scope, superb acting See more (36 total) »


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Joseph Bottoms ... Rudi Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)

Tovah Feldshuh ... Helena Slomova (4 episodes, 1978)

Rosemary Harris ... Berta Palitz Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)

Tony Haygarth ... Heinz Muller (4 episodes, 1978)

Michael Moriarty ... Erik Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
Deborah Norton ... Marta Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
George Rose ... Franz Lowy / ... (4 episodes, 1978)

Robert Stephens ... Uncle Kurt Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)

Sam Wanamaker ... Moses Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)

David Warner ... Heydrich / ... (4 episodes, 1978)

Fritz Weaver ... Dr. Josef Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)

James Woods ... 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)

Tom Bell ... Adolf Eichmann (3 episodes, 1978)

Meryl Streep ... Inga Helms Weiss (3 episodes, 1978)
John Bailey ... Hans Frank (3 episodes, 1978)

Michael Beck ... Hans Helms (3 episodes, 1978)

T.P. McKenna ... Blobel (3 episodes, 1978)
Cyril Shaps ... Weinberg (3 episodes, 1978)

Ian Holm ... Heinrich Himmler (2 episodes, 1978)
Lee Montague ... Uncle Sasha (2 episodes, 1978)

Isolde Barth ... Eva (2 episodes, 1978)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... 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)

Blanche Baker ... 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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Series Directed by
Marvin J. Chomsky (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Writing credits
Gerald Green (4 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Pia Arnold .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1978)
Robert Berger .... producer (4 episodes, 1978)
Herbert Brodkin .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Original Music by
Morton Gould (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Cinematography by
Brian West (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Film Editing by
Robert M. Reitano (3 episodes, 1978)
Stephen A. Rotter (3 episodes, 1978)
Alan Heim (2 episodes, 1978)
Craig McKay (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Casting by
Geoffrey Johnson (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton (4 episodes, 1978)

Theodor Harisch (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Theodor Harisch (4 episodes, 1978)
Hans Jürgen Kiebach (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Set Decoration by
Maxi Hareiter (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Costume Design by
Edith Almoslino (4 episodes, 1978)
Peggy Farrell (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Makeup Department
Hasso von Hugo .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
May Capsaski .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marijan David Vajda .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)

Bruce S. Pustin .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Arbit Blatas .... title drawings (4 episodes, 1978)
Adolf Nurschinger .... property master (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1978)
Dan Sable .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1978)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1978)
Jim Willis .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 1978)
Bernard Hayden .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1978)

William S. Scharf .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Richard Richtsfeld .... special effects (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gerhard Ehringer .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1978)
Helmut Klee .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1978)
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Casting Department
Renate Arbes .... casting: Europe (1 episode, 1978)
Marilyn Johnson .... casting: England (1 episode, 1978)
Series Editorial Department
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Music Department
Richard Wagner .... composer: stock music (1 episode, 1978)
Series Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity (4 episodes, 1978)
Thomas De Wolfe .... production executive (4 episodes, 1978)
Georg Eisler .... artist: Karl's artwork (4 episodes, 1978)
Leonhard Gmür .... location manager (4 episodes, 1978)
Claire Lepselter .... assistant: producers (4 episodes, 1978)
Judith Mullen .... production secretary (4 episodes, 1978)
Helga Ploiner .... auditor (4 episodes, 1978)
Bruce S. Pustin .... production executive (4 episodes, 1978)
Osman Ragheb .... dialogue coach (4 episodes, 1978)

Dieter Limbek .... co-location manager (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss" - USA (alternative title)
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475 min | USA:420 min (DVD) (2008) | Finland:448 min (DVD) (2008)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-13 (2011) (DVD) | Finland:K-18 (2008) (DVD) (self applied)
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Because there was no Emmy category of Outstanding Supporting Actor or Actress in a Limited Series at the time, David Warner, Sam Wanamaker, Tovah Feldshuh, and Blanche Baker had to be nominated in the category Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress in a Continuing Series, although this was, actually, a miniseries.See more »
Berald:How much did you hear?
Rudi Weiss:Sounds like you're going to break out.
Berald:What's your name?
Rudi Weiss:Rudi Weiss.
Rudi Weiss:Jew.
Berald:We are Red Army, 51st Division. Weiss, if you are spy, we have to kill you.
Rudi Weiss:I'm not a spy. If there's going to be a breakout, I want a gun. I was a partisan for *two* years.
Berald:Whose unit?
Rudi Weiss:Uncle Sasha, the doctor from Koretz.
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary scope, superb acting, 29 June 2004
Author: ncgordon651 from Minnesota

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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