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Unlikely Heroes (2003)

For most, the idea of Jewish resistance or defiance during the Holocaust is limited to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a few isolated acts throughout WWII. "Unlikely Heroes", narrated by Sir... See full summary »

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Lore Perl ...
Herself
William Perl ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Willy Perl)
Theodor Schneider ...
Himself
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Himself
Deborah Dwork ...
Herself, historian and author
Louis Fogiel ...
Himself
Guta Sternbuch ...
Herself
Israel Singer ...
Himself, chairman, World Jewish Congress
Joseph Friedenson ...
Himself, co-author of 'Heroine of Rescue'
Herman Landau ...
Himself, personal secretary to Recha Sternbuch
Ela Weissberger ...
Herself
Helga Kinsky ...
Herself
Michaela Hajkova ...
Herself, art historian, Jewish Museum, Prague
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis ...
Herself (archive footage)
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For most, the idea of Jewish resistance or defiance during the Holocaust is limited to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a few isolated acts throughout WWII. "Unlikely Heroes", narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, highlights 7 previously unknown stories of extraordinary men and women who exemplified the highest levels of courage and human dignity during the most desperate days of the Holocaust. Written by Richard Trank

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I expected okay, I got Amazing
12 November 2004 | by (Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

The satellite system guide said this movie was recollections of Holocaust survivors about the Jewish Resistance fighters. I expected the usual series of difficult-to-understand interviews with old people about their experiences but my wife likes those so we watched.

The thing is, this wasn't about the camps. It was about the Resistance, which most of us know nothing of. Truly heroic stuff about guys who formed guerrilla camps in the forests to blow up Nazi troop and supply trains and bridges and heated and wrapped the rails around tree trunks. One guy stayed in the city with some friends and proceeded to don uniforms of dead Nazi officers and SS in order to infiltrate their meetings and then run off and rescue those Jews the Nazis were about to raid. I can't do the excitement of it all justice.

The form is clear interviews with both historians and survivors along with actual film footage of the Resistance activities of contemporary semblance thereof. It's like American Experience with Ben Kingsley taking over for David McCullough. Well worthwhile from many points of view.


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