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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Series cast summary:
...  Rudi Weiss 4 episodes, 1978
...  Helena Slomova 4 episodes, 1978
...  Berta Palitz Weiss 4 episodes, 1978
...  Heinz Muller 4 episodes, 1978
...  Erik Dorf 4 episodes, 1978
...  Marta Dorf 4 episodes, 1978
George Rose ...  Franz Lowy / ... 4 episodes, 1978
...  Uncle Kurt Dorf 4 episodes, 1978
...  Moses Weiss 4 episodes, 1978
...  Heydrich / ... 4 episodes, 1978
...  Dr. Josef Weiss 4 episodes, 1978
...  Karl Weiss 4 episodes, 1978
...  Dr. Kohn 4 episodes, 1978
...  Zalman 4 episodes, 1978
Käte Jaenicke ...  Frau Lowy 4 episodes, 1978
...  Adolf Eichmann 3 episodes, 1978
...  Inga Helms Weiss 3 episodes, 1978
...  Hans Frank 3 episodes, 1978
...  Hans Helms 3 episodes, 1978
...  Blobel 3 episodes, 1978
...  Weinberg 3 episodes, 1978
...  Heinrich Himmler 2 episodes, 1978
Lee Montague ...  Uncle Sasha 2 episodes, 1978
...  Eva 2 episodes, 1978
...  Karp 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Garell ...  Yuri 2 episodes, 1978
Werner Kreindl ...  Herr Helms 2 episodes, 1978
...  Rabbi Karsh 2 episodes, 1978
Edward Gilkrist ...  Peter Dorf - teen 2 episodes, 1978
Courtney Hill ...  Laura Dorf - teen 2 episodes, 1978
Nina Sandt ...  Frau Helms 2 episodes, 1978
...  Anna Weiss 2 episodes, 1978
Götz von Langheim ...  Berlin Doctor 2 episodes, 1978
...  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
...  Otto Felscher 2 episodes, 1978
Bruno Thost ...  Kapo Melnick / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Joe Trummer ...  Czech Jew 2 episodes, 1978
Murray Salem ...  Analavitz 2 episodes, 1978
...  Rabbi Samuel 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Vogel ...  Emil Frey 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Weihs ...  Sacristan 2 episodes, 1978
...  Heinrich Palitz 2 episodes, 1978
Kathina Kaiser ...  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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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 miniseries. See more »

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Moses Weiss: I have the right name but I'm afraid I can't lead you to the promised land.
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Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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Powerful educational tale of entire Holocaust
14 June 2003 | by See 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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