Still from 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas'
The Holocaust should never be forgotten, and the horrors of this event have been preserved in countless films. Many of these films are important viewing in our opinion, which is why we decided to round up our opinions on the Holocaust movies that we believe to be absolutely essential to watch if you wish to learn more. Let's get into it:
This movie tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of 2 boys - Bruno, an 8-year-old who is the son of the commandant of a concentration camp, develops a friendship with a Jewish boy who is being held captive. The film is utterly heart-breaking and shows how innocent children could never fully understand the atrocities that were taking place around them and to them. You can stream this movie via Prime Video with Cinemax.
No list of Holocaust movies would be complete without a mention of Schindler’s List, Spielberg's film starring Liam Neeson as Schindler. He is a German industrialist who saved more than 1000 Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. It is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler. The film is shot in black and white and has a documentary feel to it. Definitely watch this.
The Pianist shows the story of Władysław Szpilman, a talented pianist who survived the Holocaust. He and his family are put into a ghetto and the film shows the struggles they faced to survive. The soundtrack to the film is beautiful piano music, and Brody lost huge amounts of weight and learned piano to prepare for the role. He won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Actor, and at the time was the youngest person to win this award at 29.
Lastly, this documentary shows how the Soviet Union helped the Nazis to persecute Jews and their involvement in the Holocaust. It's a controversial film which is why we've included it at the end, but worth a watch. You can stream this documentary via Kanopy.