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. Enjoy…if you can.
Updated April 18, 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.
EINSATZGRUPPEN: THE NAZI DEATH SQUADS
Before concentration camps were the preferred “final solution”, four death squads were tasked with exterminating Jews, Romani, prisoners, and others in the areas occupied by advancing German troops. This documentary told in four parts, is a rare examination the role of these death squads and how they carried out their horrific task. French with subtitles.
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.
NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS
Archival footage of concentration camps as they were recorded by military photographers as the Allied forces advanced into Germany. This documentary is the official report commissioned by Eisenhower and presented at the Nuremberg trials as evidence of war crimes.
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.