This past Sunday was a Jewish Holy Day where we refrain from eating and drinking for 25 hours in order to remind us of the destruction of the Two Holy Temples. In order to try and connect with the somber feeling of this day, every year I try to watch films dealing with another attempt to eradicate my religion; The Holocaust. This year, I watched 4. Here is my second review:
“There is one thing that has troubled me and has troubled the world, that the Germans dedicated man-power and trains and trucks and energy toward the destruction of the Jews to the last day. Had they stopped 6 months before the end of the war and dedicated that energy towards strengthening themselves, they may have carried on the war in London, but it was more important to them to kill the Jew than in winning the war. ” – Bill Basch
Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jul 2015)
Brief Synopsis – The story of 5 Holocaust survivors living in Hungary during the final days of World War II.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I’ve known about for years, but never got around to seeing it.
It was produced by Steven Spielberg and his Shoah Foundation which has been documenting the stories of thousands upon thousands of Holocaust survivors in order to have a living testimony of everyone who were successful in surviving the cruelty of the Nazis against the Jews.
The five central stories are of different survivors and each is unique in the way it tells its story, but each of them is also very powerful and moving in their own way because you hear of their hardships and anguish in order to reach the ultimate goal of survival.
This movie deservingly won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1998.
Bottom Line – Very powerful stories that are told in such a way that we are completely drawn into them and can feel the pain and anguish of the storytellers. Documenting these stories are extremely important because the number of Holocaust survivors still alive are dwindling each day. Very deservingly won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1998. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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