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Holocaust 

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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1978  
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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The story of man's inhumanity to man.

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All photographs and slides shown in this mini-series (except those of cast members) were pictures taken during the era of Nazi rule, and showed victims of Nazi crimes against humanity. See more »

Quotes

Berta Palitz Weiss: Hitler has Czechoslovakia. He has Austria. What more does he want? It's enough for him to digest all that Austrian pastry and that Czech beer.
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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 Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989) See more »

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Extraordinary scope, superb acting
29 June 2004 | by ncgordon651See all my reviews

While the Holocaust has been treated in many excellent films and television shows, the 1978 TV mini-series "Holocaust" remains one of the finest. This was the second mini-series ever produced for television, and like it's predecessor, "Roots," the producers attempted to create something that would rival the best that Hollywood could produce for the movies, with the added ability of telling much more of the story by virtue of having much more time to do it in. Thus, the 1978 television mini series "Holocaust" is as well-produced, written and acted as Spielberg's extraordinary film "Schindler's List."

Particularly good performances are given by Meryl Streep as the aristocratic German wife to a Jewish artist, Karl Weiss, played by James Woods. (Did you know that Woods can be as good as a good-guy as he can as a bad-guy?) Karl Weiss is the eldest son of a prominent Berliner Jewish family. We follow him into the concentration camps, including Treblinka (the "show" camp) and eventually to Auschwitz (Oswiecim). Streep follows, sacrificing everything to try to stay with him, or at least near him, and to keep him alive.

Grandpa Weiss is a Jewish German patriot who fought for the Kaiser during WWI and is proud of it, and never can come to terms with the betrayal of his fellow patriots. Fritz Weaver is Papa Weiss, whose story takes us through the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto as he attempts to create some kind of order and safety in the midst of chaos and doom.

David Warner is remarkably sinister and urbane as Reinhard Heydrich, who came up with the legal gobbledygook to create the "Final Solution." Michael Moriarity plays Heinrich's assistant Erik Dorff, a former student and friend of the Weiss family. Moriarty chillingly portrays the seductive nature of National Socialism for the intellectual: He is given the choice of becoming a Nazi, and later Heinrich's assistant, or becoming cannon fodder on the Russian Front. He chooses the former, and goes about his task of carrying out the annihilation of the Jews, including his former good friends the Weiss', with cool logical efficiency. This may be Moriarty's finest hour as an actor.

Other actors of note include the actor's actor Ian Holm, former Brittish grand dame of the theater Rosemary Harris, Joseph Bottoms, Sam Wanamaker and Tovah Feldshuh.

This is entertaining history at its very best. Don't miss it.


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