The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Israel Lau Israel Lau ... Self - Chief Rabbi of Israel
Livia Shacter Livia Shacter ... Self - Auschwitz Survivor
Abraham Klausner Abraham Klausner ... Self - US Army Chaplain
Winston Churchill ... Self - on V-E Day with Bevin (archive footage)
Ernest Bevin ... Self - Speech After Labour Victory (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Self - Lights Christmas Tree (archive footage)
Clement Attlee Clement Attlee ... Self - Outside 10 Downing St. (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self - Visits Feldafing DP Camp (archive footage)
George S. Patton ... Self - Visits Feldafing DP Camp (archive footage)
Herbert Friedman Herbert Friedman ... Self - US Army Chaplain
Hermann Göring ... Self - on Trial, Testifies (archive footage)
Ruth Gruber ... Self - Foreign Correspondent
Harold Katz Harold Katz ... Self - Brichah Volunteer
James Byrnes ... Self - Speech on German Recovery (archive footage) (as James F. Byrnes)


After WWII, Jewish Holocaust survivors are moved into Displaced Persons' camps. After delays, more physical hardship, and years of uncertainty, they are permitted to begin new lives in Israel and the U.S. Written by Eileen Berdon <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?

User Reviews

Oscar Winner for a Reason
7 July 2011 | by tvrepeaterSee all my reviews

The best thing I've watched in a long while. As Americans it seems we think in 1945 when the war (WWII) ended and the German concentration camps were liberated it was game over. That said, it was literally shocking to see and hear the unforgivable behavior of the British during the period 1945-1948. What the hell was their OBSESSION with camps? This incessant need to herd people from one camp to another, constantly detaining. Creepy weird, oddly caveman, to see it was nauseating. As an American the thought of being "herded" is beyond my imagination. As I watch I wonder; What did GB have to gain from their aggressive imperialism as regards the region known as Palestine? Admittedly, I loved watching the British get their ass KICKED. As history notes, it's been 1 long decline for British civilization since that time. A wrecked economy, poverty and ignorance. We can see it in their teeth. Amazon doesn't have this but Netflix does, run don't walk. It's that good.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Długa droga do domu See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,606, 21 September 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed