10 Holocaust Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen

 

10 Holocaust Movies on Netflix You Haven't Seen

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 July 31, 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.

WHAT OUR FATHER’S DID: A NAZI LEGACY

Interviews with children of Nazi war criminals explore the complex relationship modern-day German’s have with their history and the family members that committed atrocious crimes.

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.

REMEMBRANCE

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.

 

L’Chaim!

 

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    • I could only watch that movie once. It was a good movie, but so scarey to me that I struggle to go back to it.

    • Movies about the Holacaust are always difficult to watch. But the ending of this one was extreamly hard. Yet at the same time it was Bitter Sweet if you know what I mean.

    • Normally I would agree, however, in this case I think the movie was better. Yes, there were many things from the book that should have been in the film, but I think that Asa Butterfield was the best choice for Bruno, and they captured the tragedy extremely well for a sheltered child’s perspective. Personally, I think it is one of the few movies who stayed fairly true to the book, and didn’t make it terrible (in the poorly filmed way).

  • ‘When Day Breaks’ is an incredibly moving film about an older man who discovers that he’s adopted (and Jewish), and that his parents were killed in the concentration camp in Belgrade. It’s a Serbian film with the most superb actors.

  • Inglorious Bastards was another film about the halocaust and was a very good watch. I think you should add it to your list.

  • I’m sorry to say , but the ending in The boy in the stripped pyjamas, was in many ways extremely satisfying… Yes hard to watch but still satisfying

    • I think I know where you’re coming from, but innocent death is never satisfying. It may have been a moment to feel a bit of Karma for the monsters responsible, but satisfying? That’s a strong word to use while watching an innocent boy walk to his death.

    • It was really sad, but it was the only logical ending. I saw it coming as soon as he met the other boy. It was a very powerful movie. They didn’t mention Run Boy Run, a very good holocaust movie also.

  • hello, I hope someone can help me figure this out.

    It is very vague recollection though. I think the movie came out in the late 90s or maybe in the past 10 years. It was about wwII and (I think) mostly took place in a polish ghetto. It mostly involved an older gentleman, who was either an artist, or musician or playwright. All I vaguely remember was (i think) the Germans ‘hired’ him to go to the ghetto, and was made to entertain the prisoners (or maybe it was the German soldiers?) to try to keep their morale up or something. I think at one point he maybe got a few others there to perform in a play, or maybe it was a musical group. Sorry, I don’t remember most of what happened, but I think eventually he got ‘stuck’ in the ghetto (was not allowed to leave).

    It is not ‘the pianist’ or jacob the liar, nor was it life is beautiful. I’m almost positive this movie was made in Europe, because I also have this strong recollection of watching this movie with English subtitles.

    I’ve looked through a bunch of ‘top’ movies on wwII etc and could never find a description of the one I’m thinking of.

    anyone got any ideas? I’m stumped

  • I’m not Jewish but I study history. I’ve watched most of these movies and you are correct, they are movies people should watch. None of this should be forgotten. Tears should still fall to this day for the millions of lives lost during our tragic and worst time in recorded history. Thanks for sharing this list.

  • Most Holocaust teachers would discourage anyone from using The Boy in Stripped in Pajamas as being accurate or any real representation. Too many unlikely situations and inaccuracies.

    • It’s a work of fiction and very unlikely but still a great story. Plus I think it does give a little bit of insight into what it would have been like in the commandants’ house.

  • I’ ve seen most of these, excellent! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is hard to watch but very good. Make sure you read the book too, it’s a bit different than the movie, especially the boy’s mother. Ugh, don’t even ask!

  • Everyone should watch “Life is Beautiful”. It is in Italian, but the subtitles won’t bother you, if you set them. It is about this Jewish family (a comedic dad, loving mom, and very young son) who are sent to a concentration camp, which the boy has never heard of. The father (now separated from his wife, who goes through the clothes of victims of the gas chamber) pretends that the camp is just a large competition and that the prize is a large army tank. The father convinces the other prisoners, who help hide the child during inspections, to play along for the sake of the boy. But, the rest is a secret…until you watch it.

  • I would definitely add ‘Run Boy Run’.

    I think it was just recently added to Netflix.

    Its about a little Jewish boy who roams the woods of Poland looking to work for farmers for food to survive. He is trying to avoid being captured by Nazis. It shows how many Poles risked their lives helping to keep the boy hidden and giving him food and shelter. Amazing movie about a little Jewish boy trying to survive the holocaust.

    • Fantastic movie! Haunting, too! It was wonderful to see the footage of the man as he is now, living in Israel with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Amazing story! It was so well done and stayed with me for days. I told my doctor about it several days later and he looked it up on Netflix that night and called it brilliant! I can’t recommend this movie highly enough! :)

  • Run Boy, Run or Lauf Junge, Lauf (German) Is also a very good Holocaust movie I just watched, I believe it’s based on a true story, I want to research it more.

  • One of the very best films about the Holocaust I’ve ever seen is Murderers Among Us – The Simon Wiesenthal Story. Sir Ben Kingsley brilliantly plays our hero Simon Wiesenthal and the movie graphically describes all the harrowing events he miraculously lived through during the war. I haven’t been able to find it recently though. I think it’s from 1989. It really is a must see!

      • Yes, do, Dena! It’s life changing! And if you find it – please let me know because I’ve been looking for it with no luck. By the way, thank you for this wonderful post! There are some films on here that I’m going to look up today! :)

    • One of my favorite as well but very difficult to find and especially since the VCR’s were practically obsolete. Meaning, I have never found it on a dvd-sadly.

    • That movie is absolutely life-changing I agree. I saw it when I was probably too young to fully understand it all, but it moved me so much and lead me to become very interested in the holocaust. I have been looking for it for a long time.

  • I am looking for the mini series The Holocaust which showed on TV over 20 years ago. I cannot find this movie. Please let me know if anyone knows where it to find it.

    • Teresa, you can find it on Amazon, both the DVD to purchase and streaming. I’ve also seen it available in some catalogue (maybe the smithsonian catalog?). Try googling it too.

      • The holocaust (mini series) is based on the book with the same title by Gerald Green (or perhaps Greene, though I believe it is just Green). The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle.

        Also, have you seen (or read) winds of war and war and rememberence? The books were written by Herman Wouk (I believe), and later was turned into a mini series.

  • I’m Irish and I m always searching for movies with a Jewish theme to them. I love the Jewish people and am horrified at the way the Cath. Church treated them . However I’d like to add my favourite and it is In Darkness,based on the book The girl in the Green Sweather, I’ve watched it 5 times now and I still break down during it..I hav so many that I m now going to buy an unusual Diary just to keep the memory Alive, and watch them over and over again in my older years.

  • What is the Title of this foreign film about…A young g10yr old). works everyday at a boys labor camp He sits in chair and bangs out metal rid tags (not sure).. A certain elderly guard pays special attention to the boy . The boy seeks opportunities of being child having fun but often gets caught and punished.I ha e not seen the entire film..

  • I would love to see both Schindler’s List and Sophie’s Choice on Netflix as I haven’t seen either. I have read the book for each and the books were amazing !!

  • Another great WWII/holocaust series are Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk. Netflix carried the first one for the longest time but not anymore. I have them both on dvd’s and never grow tired of watching these great episodes. The books are splendid and amazingly well written as well.
    Thank you.

    • I have read both of those books and agree they are wonderful. I love the way they start before war is declared and follow through till the end. Natalie’s story is particularly hard to read as she is an American Jew who doesn’t understand how serious the situation has become and gets swept up in the horrors of The Holocaust. It took Mr Wouk several years to write the books and from what I can learn through independent research he is very accurate in his narration. I highly recommend these books, but be warned they are lengthy. The first one is somewhere over 900 pages and the second one is slightly longer.

  • I just watched “Everything is Illuminated” which is about a Jewish man returning to where his family came from in the Ukraine because of a photo. It is a nice film and a bit funny and naughty in places. I enjoyed it very much.

    A young American Jewish man begins an exhausting quest — aided by a naïve Ukranian translator — to find the righteous gentile woman who saved his grandfather when his small Ukranian village (along with most of the populace) was obliterated during the Nazi invasion of Russia in 1941.

    I just happen to stumble on some. I wish they would all come up in a Netflix search. But then I wouldn’t have found your blog last year :)

  • One of the best Auschwitz movies, in my opinion, is “The Grey Zone”, as it appears to show the true effect on the Jews tasked with operating the “Final Solution” for their captors.

  • Thank you for this post. I had not heard of any of these important movies. I watched RUN BOY RUN today, Tisha B’Av. It was the right choice. Full of sorrow and full of hope. Tisha B’Av contains both of those elements, for me. I am grateful.