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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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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)

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)
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 Production Management
May Capsaski .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marijan David Vajda .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)
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)
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)

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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 »
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Australia:M | Finland:K-13 (2011) (DVD) | Finland:K-18 (2008) (DVD) (self applied)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Moses Weiss:I have the right name but I'm afraid I can't lead you to the promised land.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 30th Annual Emmy Awards (1978) (TV)See more »


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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Powerful educational tale of entire Holocaust, 14 June 2003
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

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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