The horror and madness of the Holocaust cannot and must not be forgotten. That is why, in 2005, the United Nations was created Memorial Dayscheduled for January 27 because on that day, in 1945, the Red Army liberated the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.
Over the decades, many films have been made that tell of the tragedy of the Holocaust, the internment, the concentration camps and the murder of 6 million Jews. We’ve picked out, in our own little way, ten to watch streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+.
Additionally, we’ve added two TV series: one closely related to the theme of the anniversary, The Devil Next Door, and the other, anglers, does not speak specifically (and in a historically accurate manner) about the Holocaust, but nonetheless approaches the subject, with an original point of view and reveals some of the dark pages of the post-war period. The choice of what you see is yours, and we should all remember it.
Olympic athletics champion Louis Zamperini becomes a pilot during World War II, and must fight for survival, after being captured by the Japanese.
The fates of many Copenhageners intertwine when a bombing raid during World War II accidentally lands on a school full of children.
Photographer Mauthausen (Netflix)
Based on a true story, the film tells the life of Francesc Boeks, a photographer who ended up in a concentration camp, and took advantage of his work to avoid torture and be able to document everything that happened in the camp. The SS entrusted him with the task of taking pictures of the detainees, pictures that the photographer was able to keep and take out of the camp.
My Best Friend, Anne Frank (Netflix)
This feature film tells the story of Anne Frank from the point of view of her friend Hannelei Goslar, a very young Jewish writer. The two girls’ paths would split after the rounds when Anna and her family managed to hide and Hannelly obtained a passport to flee to South America. Then the two will be able to meet again but in unpleasant circumstances, namely in the Bergen-Belsen camp.
The film Riphagen is a biopic about Andries Riphagen, a Dutch criminal who is remembered for extorting several fleeing Jews and contributing to their deaths and families.
Good – Good Indifference (Prime Video)
In Germany, during the rise of Nazism, John Halder is a schoolteacher with a neurotic wife, two demanding children, and a mother suffering from senile dementia. In the book John explores his mother’s drama, supports the choice of euthanasia, and immediately becomes an issue seen as a propaganda tool by the upper echelons of Nazi politics. Will try to fight all of this.
Spring Winds (Prime Video)
On the night of July 15-16, 1942, more than 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris. All families with children are gathered at the Velodrome d’Hiver awaiting deportation. In the morning, the children find themselves alone, separated from their parents. All the characters really exist and all the events, even the most dramatic, take place in the summer of 1942. With Jean Reno, Melanie Laurent.
Son of Saul (Prime Video)
A prisoner in a concentration camp, forced to aid the Nazis in their extermination plans, he embarks on an impossible quest to redeem himself.
Auschwitz Guard (Master Video)
Tasked with building a new gas chamber at Auschwitz, an SS officer begins to realize that he is contributing to an atrocity.
Life is Beautiful (Disney +)
Can imagination change reality? We laugh and cry in Benigni’s three-Oscar-winning film. The story of Guido, a Jew who is deported with his son to a concentration camp where, to save a child’s life and protect him from the horrors of reality, he invents that they are taking part in a game show, where they must struggle very hard. Trials to win the tank.
The Hunters (Prime Video TV series)
It’s not a movie and it’s not exactly about the Holocaust, but in our opinion this TV series deserves a place on this list for how it manages to create a narrative world that blends the gruesome reality of the Holocaust and the escape, more or less protected, of the Nazis, and the fantasy of a group of hunters who go out to track them down and exact revenge. For the death of the Jews who were killed. And then there’s Al Pacino in good shape, which doesn’t hurt…
The Devil Next Door (Netflix TV Series)
It is a five-episode series that tells the story of an elderly man who is brought from Cleveland to Israel for trial. He is accused of being Ivan the Terrible, a ruthless executioner guilty of war crimes during the extermination carried out by the Nazis.