University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Book and Video Library: A

Title: "A Debt of Honor"
This documentary filmed in November 1994 shows the story of rescue and safety extended by many Italian civilians to Jewish fugitives from the Nazis. It also includes archival scenes of Benito Mussolini's rise to power as background for understanding the role of Italian fascism as the basis for official anti-semetic policies.
Film Length: 30 minutes.

Title: "A Generation Apart: Relationship between Survivors and the 'Second Generation'."
Description: This 1983 documentary examines the effects of the Holocaust on the children of survivors. Danny and Jack Fischer 's outstanding documentary focuses candidly on the often emotional and explosive encounters between survivors and their children. English.
Film Length:
56 minutes.

Title: "A Tribute to Anne Frank"
Description: Event commemorating Anne Frank. Musical performances, speeches and presentations. Features Elie Wiesel, Ernest Nives, Gregory Peck, Liv Ullman and others. 1996.
Film Length: 60 minutes.

Title: "A Wall of Silence- The Unspoken Fate of the Armenians."
Description: A Wall of Silence is an unprecedented documentary on one of the most tragic and colossal events of the 20th century.  The film presents the lives of two historians - Turkish scholar Taner Akcam and Armenian professor Vahakn Dadrian.  Both scholars have researched the facts of what has been called the first genocide of the 20th century - the World War I period which marked the end of existence of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, present day Turkey.  The genocide is a traumatic event for Armenians, but also for Turks. In Turkey discussion of what is called "the Armenian question" can lead to violent and aggressive reactions. Turkish history books make no mention of the subject.  But, "Turkey can never become a democracy if it does not face its history," says Ackcam, "We have to research violence in our past in order to know and understand our present.  Contemporary Turks are not guilty, but they have a responsibility toward history." The reactions are not long in coming. Nearly a century after the tragic events, is the time ripe to come to terms with the past?
Film Length: 54 minutes.

Title: "America and the Holocaust- Deceit and Indifference: the American Experience"
Description: This timely, meticulously documented film reveals the disturbing story of how American immigration policies during World War II prevented hundreds of thousands of Jews from obtaining refuge in the United States. Newsreel footage, interviews with authorities, official documents and statistics are used to tell the moving story of Kurt Klein 's emigration to America and the failure to bring his parents. Among the many subjects covered are President Roosevelt 's inaction, Assistant Secretary of State Breckinridge Long 's policy of "calculated bureaucratic delay,"and the belated information of the War Refugee Board. 1994.
Recommended Ages: Grades 9 and up.

Title: "Anne Frank Remembered"
Description: Features vintage newsreels, photographs, and even a rare home movie to look beyond the celebrated pages of Anne's diary.  Interviews with Anne's family, friends, and her heroic protector Miep Gies are also included in this film.
Film Length: 117 minutes.

Title: "Architecture of Doom"
Description: This film captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture, and popular culture. This film also shows how Adolf Hitler rose from being a failed artist to creating a world of ponderous kitsch and horrifying terror.
Film Length: 119 minutes.

Title: Armenian Videos
Description: Videos about Armenian history, culture and the genocide.

Title: "As if it Were Yesterday from the Bitter Earth"
Description: Story about the rescue of 4,000 Jewish children by Belgians. Interviews with survivors and rescuers. French and English subtitles. Documentary.

Title: "Ashes and Diamonds"
Description: In this final chapter of Wajda's hypnotic WWII trilogy, a small Polish town celebrates the war's end while two-assassin plot against a communist part official. Drama.
Film Length: 105 minutes.

Title: "Auschwitz, Never Again"
Description: Views of Auschwitz and other camps. Remarks by Dora Zaidenweber, a survivor living in Minneapolis (MN, US). Documentary. 1984.