January 27 is the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Not everyone remembers it, and not everyone acknowledges the tragedy. The Holocaust is not just a great tragedy, it is a great lesson that must be learned, learned for one important reason, so it does not happen again.
I understand that there have been many tragedies in the world, attempts to destroy peoples, but the hatred of the Jews is special, spiritual. Hitler tried to exterminate the Jews while creating his own Aryan people, Stalin also had a special relationship with the descendants of Israel, he even tried to create his promised land in Birobidzhan…
What the Jews have endured, from Pharaoh and Haman to the present day, but they retained their thirst for life, their optimism. Through these people, the Messiah came and will come a second time.
I want to share a list of movies about the Holocaust, but not just about the tragedy, but movies that give hope.
“The Hiding Place” 1975
The film is based on the real events of World War II. It is about a Christian family hiding Jews from the Nazis in their home. A story of struggle, forgiveness, deep faith, and sacrifice.
“Schindler’s List,” 1993
Director Steven Spielberg made a terrific film about the German businessman and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler, who saved over a thousand Polish Jews.
The film’s tagline is a quote from the Talmud: “He who saves one life saves the whole world.”
“Life is Beautiful,” 1997
An Italian Jew was sent to a concentration camp with his son. At the camp, the father told his son that everything going on around him was a very big game for a prize of a real tank, which would go to the boy who could keep out of sight of the warders. The protagonist did everything he could to get his son to believe in the game and stay alive.
“Jacob the Liar,” 1999
The story of a resident of the Warsaw ghetto who uses lies to keep himself alive and tries to make life easier for the residents in the ghetto.
“The Pianist,” 2002
The film is based on true events and describes the story of Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman.
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” 2008
This story is told through the eyes of an unsuspecting eight-year-old boy, the son of the commandant of a concentration camp. The film is about his friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence.
“The Brave Heart of Irena Sendler,” 2009
The story of a young woman, a resistance activist. As a nurse, she secretly carried and helped 2,500 Jewish children escape from the Warsaw ghetto.
This story came to light fairly recently, and Irena died just a few years ago, in 2008.
“Sarah’s Key”, 2010
In contemporary Paris, an American journalist suddenly discovers that her life is intertwined with the fate of a girl whose family, among 8,000 other Jews, was rounded up on the Winter Velodrome in Paris in 1942.
“The Lady in Number 6,” 2013
A 109-year-old woman, the oldest survivor of the Holocaust, tells her story of what it was like to live a long and happy life no matter what.
“The Book Thief,” 2013
The story of an adopted girl in Nazi Germany against the backdrop of a shared great tragedy. And about how even in the most difficult times you need to remain human.
The list is far from complete, I have not just selected films about the Holocaust, but those that give hope. And the list can be supplemented according to this criterion.