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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 Dr. Kohn 4 episodes, 1978
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 Frau Lowy 4 episodes, 1978
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 Adolf Eichmann 3 episodes, 1978
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 Hans Frank 3 episodes, 1978
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 Hans Helms 3 episodes, 1978
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 Weinberg 3 episodes, 1978
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 Uncle Sasha 2 episodes, 1978
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 Herr Helms 2 episodes, 1978
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 Rabbi Karsh 2 episodes, 1978
Edward Gilkrist ...
 Peter Dorf - teen 2 episodes, 1978
Courtney Hill ...
 Laura Dorf - teen 2 episodes, 1978
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 Frau Helms 2 episodes, 1978
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Götz von Langheim ...
 Berlin Doctor 2 episodes, 1978
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 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
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Bruno Thost ...
 Kapo Melnick / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Joe Trummer ...
 Czech Jew 2 episodes, 1978
Murray Salem ...
 Analavitz 2 episodes, 1978
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 Rabbi Samuel 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Vogel ...
 Emil Frey 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Weihs ...
 Sacristan 2 episodes, 1978
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 Heinrich Palitz 2 episodes, 1978
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 Sarah Ohlnick / ... 2 episodes, 1978
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"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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The story of man's inhumanity to man.

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Trivia

When this was aired on German television, police station switchboards were flooded with confessional calls during the "Krystallnacht" scene, where people were smashing the windows of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses. People who had participated in the actual event were calling to confess their participation, but the Statute of Limitation had taken effect, and no actions could be taken, despite their confessions. However, the furor arising from this problem led to the West German Government altering the relevant laws to extend such time limits under such circumstances to enable the prosecution of such perpetrators. See more »

Quotes

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.
Berald: German?
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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Outstanding Miniseries
7 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

NBC's Holocaust is perhaps the finest miniseries I've seen on television. I purchased the two VHS set several years ago and watch it at least once a year over several nights. Holocaust features a large, excellent cast, which make up for emotion which they lack in depth. Sadly, the stories are all too familiar and have presented in one form or another, but what makes this series stand out is the fact that it was able to compress time and feature some of the best known events of the holocaust, such as Babi Yar, Sobibor and Warsaw Ghetto, seamlessly. The dual story lines tracking the Jewish Weiss family and the German Dorff family intertwine believably, and the graphic violence is appropriate for this production. Michael Moriarty was excellent as the meek lawyer who became a cold calculator and Rosemary Harris was memorable as the proud but stubborn Berta Weiss. Meryl Streep and James Woods also are noteworthy, and it's a delight to see both actors in early roles. I recall when Holocaust debuted it became a media event and school project, with study guides for classroom discussion. I wonder if some of the material was appropriate for some young audiences.


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