The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm (2018)


“This is the story of Srulek Feldman, my great-grandfather. He was put in Nazi death camps during World War II. This is a closeup of his number from Auschwitz; A17606. That was his number and he told us back then your number was your name; that was all he was to them.” – Elliott Saiontz

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that shows a conversation between a young boy and his 90 year old Great Grandfather who is a survivor of the Holocaust during World War II.

My Take on it – This is an HBO documentary that I came across by accident and was so moved by eventhough it is only 19 minutes long.

This is such a fascinating and innovative idea and I loved the way that this film tried to bridge the generation gap in order to give over helpful and educational information in order to try and make sure that history isn’t allowed to repeat itself and allow atrocities like this to happen again.

The conversation between Elliott and Jack are quiet interesting to watch because they flow so well and are done in a very simple manner in order to make the idea much more easy for both adults and children to comprehend what is going on.

The animation used is great because it allows us to get a better visual interpretation of some of the parts of the story being told.

This film has 5 short companion interviews between kids and Holocaust survivors where they get a chance to tell their stories and thoughts on the events of those troubling years.

This gives us the opportunity to see various events from different viewpoints that all culminate in the attempt to make us all understand the important stories of hope that these people had in quiet difficult times.

This is a great teaching tool and having these conversations on film means that they can be used for many more years than some of these people will be around to tell the stories in person.

Bottom Line – Fascinating documentary because it shows the power of passing on information from generation to generation in order to make sure atrocities like this will never happen again. They present this film in a very simple manner which allows for it to be a story that is easy to comprehend both by adults and especially by children as a tool for teaching about history. The 5 companion short interviews are also spectacular to watch because they allow us to get a better understanding of what happened since it comes from various viewpoints and sources yet ultimately tells the same kind of important story. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The team behind The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm continues the conversation with 5 short companion films featuring Holocaust survivors talking with kids. (From HBO)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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