DVD - 2003 - Multiple languages
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Nazi extermination of Jews is examined through interviews of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators and through footage of the sites of the death camps and environs as they appear today. Those interviewed includes Jewish survivors of the death camps and the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Polish farmers and villagers who lived near the camps and Nazis who worked in the camps and the ghettos.

Publisher: [New York] : New Yorker Video, 2003
ISBN: 156730317X
Branch Call Number: Mul DVD 940.5318 S
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (566 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lanzmann, Claude


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Jun 12, 2014
  • brendancarlson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the most amazing, as well as intellectually and emotionally exhausting documentaries I've ever seen.

Apr 23, 2014

After reading, "The Beast Reawakens", by Martin Lee, I began to do more research. One of the issues addressed were the 'deniers'. After watching this movie and the eye witness accounts, I do not see how anyone could deny that it actually happened. The film goes into detail about the gas vans in disc 2.

There is a PBS website that has some information that is relevant:

Sep 12, 2013

when i placed a hold on "shoah" you responded only that i would be receiving part 1 ... part 1 is one quarter of the entire 9 1/2 hour documentary. please ... i want parts 2,3 &4 ... thanks.

Jul 09, 2013
  • ravenheart rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If for no other reason, everyone should watch this to see how the holocaust was actually carried out. The film does this via description by living witnesses, while often visiting the sites where these events occurred, not via stock wartime footage. I watched this over the course of several nights, as nearly all of the film contains subtitled back-and forth translations, and even though the subject matter is engaging, it becomes somewhat boring during extended viewing. (The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because of the tedious way the translations were handled.)

Not many people have a clear picture of how and where the holocaust was actually carried out, and we all should. Mass murder makes routine appearances throughout human history, and the Jewish certainly weren't the first or last to fall victims to it. The Nazis weren't just an aberration, and there were many, many people who fully supported what they did, as becomes very evident when you hear first-person accounts of the Polish actually cheering as the Jews were hauled to their deaths packed into train cars like cattle.

Individuals should never abdicate responsibility for their own personal defense to the police or military, because history shows us over and over what happens to groups of people who aren't equipped and prepared to defend themselves.


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