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Movies on The Holocaust

Updated: Jan 26

There's something about hearing a survivor's testimony firsthand through a powerful documentary that makes the Shoah, or Holocaust, come alive for generations who came after it. Dramatic movies can paint both the terror and the unwavering hope that millions of people lived with during the War.

All are visual reminders and aides that we can access today to learn more about the Shoah.

Below is a list of documentaries and movies that can get you started. We have included the year of release and rating, if known. Click on the title to learn more about the film. Please be mindful that many of these may not be suitable for children given the topic.

Oh, and are you a reader? We have collected a book list, too, so be sure to check it out.


A Film Unfinished (2010, not rated)

A Treasure in Auschwitz (2005, not rated)

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (2005, not rated)

Paper Clips (2004, rated G)

Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer (2015, not rated)

The Presence of Their Absence (2019, not rated)

Treblinka: Inside Hitler's Secret Death Camp (2013, not rated)

Warsaw: A City Divided (2019, not rated)

Feature Films

1945 (2017, ages 16+)

Defiance (2008, rated R)

Denial (2016, rated PG-13)

Escape from Sobibor (1987, not rated)

Everything is Illuminated (2005, rated PG-13)

Ida (2013, rated PG-13)

In Darkness (2005, rated R)

Jakob the Liar (1999, rated PG-13)

Korczak (1990, not rated)

Life is Beautiful (1997, rated PG-13)

Operation Finale (2018, rated PG-13)

Playing for Time (1980, ages 16+)

Schindler's List (1993, rated R)

Son of Saul (2015, rated R)

The Book Thief (2013, rated PG-13)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008, rated PG-13)

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009, rated PG)

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959, not rated, but suitable for young adults)

The Hiding Place (1975, rated PG)

The Pianist (2002, rated R)

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017, rated PG-13)

Uprising (2001, not rated)

Warsaw '44 (2014, not rated)

Woman in Gold (2015, rated PG-13)

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