When I wrote my post 10 Movies on Netflix Jews Should See little did I know it was going to be my most popular post ever…it regularly ranks #1 or #2 each day on Chai & Home. In that post I avoided a lot of Holocaust movies because I thought 1) it would be too depressing to have them all about the Holocaust and 2) there are a lot of interesting stories about Jews other than the Holocaust. Little did I know that would be a big disappointment for a lot of readers. So, because there has been so much demand for a list of Holocaust movies on Netflix…here it is!
First, I want to define what I mean by a “Holocaust movie.” To me, a Holocaust movie is different than a WWII movie. I’ve defined a Holocaust movie to be primarily about the victims of the Holocaust and/or atrocities committed by the Nazis, not just the military goings on during that time. There are tons of WWII movies but not actually that many on the Holocaust. Here are the best on Netflix Streaming (Instant). Enjoy…if you can.
Updated January 27, 2017
NAKED AMONG WOLVES
This highly regarded film is based on a true story of a baby that is smuggled into Buchenwald and the efforts the prisoners go to protect him from discovery.
If James Bond was a Polish Jew during the Nazi occupation of Poland it might go something like this movie. Daniel Craig stars in this action and violence packed movie about a group of Jews that escape into the Belarussian woods to escape the Nazis. Although it is an action film, this movie develops a wide range of compelling characters. If you know your Jewish history and ethics you will enjoy the textures and parallels. Very entertaining and based on a true story.
WINTER IN WARTIME
A beautifully shot coming of age story about a teen in Nazi-occupied Holland that wrestles with family loyalties, painful choices between safety and courage, and the harsh realities of war.
RIPHAGEN: THE UNTOUCHABLE
A little-known but highly regarded thriller from the Netherlands about a well-known Dutch traitor who helped the Nazis round up Jews to steal their belongings for himself. A unique story about the kind of collaborators that made Nazi occupations successful in European countries.
RUN BOY RUN
The extraordinary story of how an 8-year-old boy escapes the Warsaw ghetto and survives in the woods.
MY ITALIAN SECRET
Explores the true story of how an Italian bicycling team risked their lives to save Jews during WWII.
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6
The inspiring true story about the life of pianist and Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer. She accounts how music helped her survive the camps and gives advice on how to live a meaningful and happy life. Only 40 minutes long, this film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in its year.
STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME
“I was in a concentration camp with my wife and my girlfriend…and believe me, it wasn’t easy.” Jack Polak is the central figure in this watchable documentary about his experience living in the same barracks with his wife and his girlfriend. As if life in a concentration camp wasn’t difficult enough.
An amazing film about a married woman who comes to a crossroads when she learns that her former lover who rescued her from a concentration camp 30 years earlier is alive. Ladies, this is going to be your new favorite.
AUSCHWITZ: THE FINAL SOLUTION
A typical but excellent and thorough documentary series about the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Photo of Auschwitz by Pablo Nicolás Taibi Cicare (CC BY 2.0). Fade and text overlay by Chai & Home.