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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 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 Peter Garell ...  Yuri 2 episodes, 1978
Werner Kreindl Werner Kreindl ...  Herr Helms 2 episodes, 1978
Martin Brandt ...  Rabbi Karsh 2 episodes, 1978
Edward Gilkrist Edward Gilkrist ...  Peter Dorf - teen 2 episodes, 1978
Courtney Hill Courtney Hill ...  Laura Dorf - teen 2 episodes, 1978
Nina Sandt Nina Sandt ...  Frau Helms 2 episodes, 1978
Blanche Baker ...  Anna Weiss 2 episodes, 1978
Götz von Langheim Götz von Langheim ...  Berlin Doctor 2 episodes, 1978
Jeremy Levy ...  Aaron Feldman 2 episodes, 1978
Miriam Mahler Miriam Mahler ...  Woman with Infant 2 episodes, 1978
Walter Scheuer Walter Scheuer ...  Prague Policeman 2 episodes, 1978
Irene Prador Irene Prador ...  Maria Kalova 2 episodes, 1978
George Pravda ...  Otto Felscher 2 episodes, 1978
Bruno Thost Bruno Thost ...  Kapo Melnick / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Joe Trummer Joe Trummer ...  Czech Jew 2 episodes, 1978
Murray Salem Murray Salem ...  Analavitz 2 episodes, 1978
Gabor Vernon ...  Rabbi Samuel 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Vogel Peter Vogel ...  Emil Frey 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Weihs Peter Weihs ...  Sacristan 2 episodes, 1978
Marius Goring ...  Heinrich Palitz 2 episodes, 1978
Kathina Kaiser Kathina Kaiser ...  Sarah Ohlnick / ... 2 episodes, 1978
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Storyline

"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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nazi | jewish | germany | lawyer | doctor | See All (67) »

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The story of man's inhumanity to man.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Burmese

Release Date:

16 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) (2008) | (DVD) (2008)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 mini-series. See more »

Quotes

[At quarry in Buchenwald]
Karl Weiss: Muller, can't you get me out? You're a friend of Inga's family. You *know* how much she's suffering. If you hate me because I'm a Jew, at least have pity on her.
Heinz Muller: Who hates you? And how can you be so certain she's suffering?
Karl Weiss: What do you mean?
Heinz Muller: Women manage.
Karl Weiss: Has she said something to you?
Heinz Muller: This is a business, Weiss. Jews understand business. You don't think I'd risk my neck playing mailman without getting paid.
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Alternate Versions

Polish authorities protested against a scene in which soldiers dressed in Polish uniforms executed Jewish prisoners. The poles didn't have any "Quisling army" during the war. The scene was trimmed and now shows the rifles and the arms of the soldiers in question. Even so, both versions apparently remained in circulation as Danish TV originally showed the original version, and Swedish TV the trimmed version within weeks of each other. See more »

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Referenced in God Is Great and I'm Not (2001) See more »

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Watch it, and think how could this have happened?
20 July 2002 | by jmb3222See all my reviews

Hindsight's wonderful, and it easy now to criticise this series. I saw it first in Germany and the effect it had there was quite profound. It caused a national debate and, it could be argued, helped Germany face up to what occurred between 1933 and 1945, not so much from the extermination camps, but that they, a civilised people, could be led along that path.


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