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Unlikely Heroes


114 minutes

Contrary to the view that Jews caught in the terror of Hitler's Europe were passive, this documentary film highlights relatively unknown Jewish men and women who exemplified the highest level of courage and human dignity during the most desperate days of the Holocaust. These acts of resistance and heroism are brought to life through rare film footage and photos from archives all over Europe.

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Night and Fog

One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, “Night and Fog” contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage.

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Imitation of Life

A struggling young actress with a six-year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a black widow and her light-skinned eight-year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white.


Imaginary Witness

How have American movies shaped our perception of the Holocaust? Hollywood’s responses to the horrors of Nazi Germany are examined in this film.

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