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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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 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 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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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 »

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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

The term "Holocaust" didn't exist in the German language until the 1980s. Due to the great success of this miniseries, it became common knowledge, and was chosen as "word of the year 1979" by the "Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache" (Society for German Language). See more »

Quotes

Moses Weiss: Aha! Instructions on how to assemble a land mine. Now I wonder if the Talmud has any advice for us on the subject.
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Powerful educational tale of entire Holocaust
14 June 2003 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

If you were only to see one movie, one television series in your life about the Holocaust (and you should see more), this would be it.

It is the most wide-ranging, most thorough examination of what happened to central and eastern Europe's Jews between 1935 and 1945. The series focuses not on one camp: but on several (Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Buchenwald, Sobribor - and hear much of Maidenek, Dachau, and others). We see the creation and changes in the ghetto in Warsaw (and hear of the ghettos in Vilnius and elsewhere). We see the evolution in the methods of killing Jews - and why. We see what happened to those deemed defectives at yet another camp.

With two exceptions, I found the acting (by a truly stunning cast - from Nigel Hawthorne to Ian Holm, from James Woods to T.P. McKenna, from Meryl Streep to David Warner, from Rosemary Harris to Sam Wanamaker, from Fritz Weaver to Tovah Feldshuh, Robert Stephens to Deborah Norton, Michael Moriarty) superb - truly moving and powerful. The two exceptions were the daughter Anna and the son Rudy played by Joseph Bottoms. This may not be entirely their fault - their parts are so underwritten - conventional.

The fantastic aspect of this series is its scope - you really do have a grounding in the Holocaust that would serve you well reading any history, seeing any movies set in this time.

The downside is that as fine as the acting is, the series is split among the stories of six to eight people over the course of a decade - which inevitably limits how moved the audience is by the story of each. Thus, in contrast to say, Schindler's List or The Pianist, we are not living and breathing with one person and what happens to him - we do not know these characters THAT well.

I would also criticize the series as creating such one-sidedly virtuous characters in the victims. We are interested in a character in drama only to the extent that the person seems real and we can therefore wholly identify with this real breathing person. Although we do have some feeling of how James Woods' character is different from say, Joseph Bottoms', it isn't sufficient to move the drama to the greatest heights. Actors don't come better than those in this series - so I think it's really due to the nature of the series - the need to get it all in and move around all the different experiences. This better serves our education, but somewhat reduces the sense of having suffered with each individual.

This was a great and enormously expensive production. It is very worthwhile renting - and should be shown to everyone above say, the age of 12 (I'd say that a younger age is too susceptible to the horror). NBC is to be commended highly for having developed it. It's tremendous.


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