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The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)

A 16-year-old American girl with an apathetic view towards her Jewish family history finds herself pulled through time into 1941 to a small Polish village where the Nazi have just began their genocidal propaganda.

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Rabbi
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Leonore Stern
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Aunt Eva
Lilo Baur ...
Mina
Nitzan Sharron ...
Ariel
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Shmuel
Kirsty McFarland ...
Yetta
Rachel Roddy ...
Esther
Ieva Jackeviciute ...
Miriam
Philip Rham ...
Commandant Krieger
Daniel Rausch ...
Officer Steinbach
Polina Soloveicik ...
Sarah (as Paulina Soloveicik)
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This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the front door" as part of the Seder feast finds herself, not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, to have entered the 1940's and has stepped into the life of a prisoner in one of the German death camps where she experiences all of its horrors firsthand. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Drama | Fantasy | War

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28 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La aritmética del diablo  »

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This movie is based off the book "The Devils Arithmetic" written by Jane Yolen. See more »

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Commandant Krieger: You know why we don't allow babies: they can't work!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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I'm quite amazed at the negative comments I see here
14 March 2005 | by (State College PA) – See all my reviews

The point of this film was not as much to be "great art" as it was to educate people about the Holocaust. In that sense, I think that many posters here are unfairly blasting it, holding it up to some high artistic standard. Believe it or not, there are many in this world, especially younger people, who have not clue one about the atrocities committed against the Jewish people. This film would be an excellent introduction (along with other films such as Diary of Anne Frank) for young people into this very real and recent historical nightmare. To read comments here about how bad the German accents were and how the Germans deserve better than this, lead me to suspect the sincerity of those posting them.


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