There have been innumerable works of art that have been inspired by the Holocaust, from graphic paintings depicting life in concentration camps to powerful poetry that reveals the difficulties faced by those who were there. We’ll take a look at how film has honored one of the most horrible tragedies in human history here. The following are the best Holocaust films that you should watch.
1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the camp’s commandant, strikes up a connection with a Jewish kid who lives on the other side of the camp’s fence in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Irish author John Boyne wrote the novel on which the film is based. One of the best films of the year, it explores the chasms that separate us, as well as the contrast between youthful innocence and the horrors of adult combat.
2. The Pianist (2002)
Wadysaw Szpilman, a Polish-Jewish pianist and composer, is the subject of this film, which is based on an autobiographical book of the same name. Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, a film about a pianist who is brutally murdered in front of a backdrop of exquisite classical music, has won numerous honors and nominations. Best Actor went to Adrien Brody for his performance as Szpilman at the 2003 Oscars.
3. Life is Beautiful (1997)
Benigni’s Holocaust-themed film is a powerful combination of sadness and comedy, and the result is a powerful reminder of what happened. To protect his son from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp, Guido Orefice, a Jewish-Italian bookshop owner, uses his imagination. The result is a strange mix of humor and seriousness, and the film went on to win three Oscars!
4. Schindler’s List (1993)
Following the debut of this film in 1993, it received numerous prizes and praises for its depiction of Oskar Schindler’s dramatic shift in morality. Liam Neeson’s portrayal of the protagonist, whose internal torment is matched by the dark and terrible wickedness of figures like Amon Goeth, is a highlight of the film.
5. The Counterfeiters (2007)
Counterfeiters tells the narrative of Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation ever undertaken by Germany during World War II. By flooding the British economy with fake Bank of England pound notes, Nazi Germany hoped to destabilize the country. ‘Operation Bernhard’ is based on Adolf Burger’s autobiography. Burger, a Jewish Slovakian typographer, was detained in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942 for falsifying baptismal documents to save Jewish lives.
6. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
“Sophie’s Choice” is the story of a Polish immigrant living in a Brooklyn boarding house with her longtime boyfriend Nathan and a young writer, Stingo. Meryl Streep, who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for this film, portrays Sophie. As the movie unfolds, flashbacks show Sophie’s harrowing experiences of a Nazi concentration camp and the difficult decisions she had to make in order to escape. They appear to be having a carefree and carefree existence.
7. Europa Europa (1990)
Solomon Perel, a Jewish German youngster who escaped the Holocaust by pretending to be an exceptional “Aryan” German, is the inspiration for this film, directed by Agnieszka Holland, which is based on Perel’s 1989 autobiography. As a bonus, Perel even makes a brief appearance as himself in the film’s conclusion. This film, which won the 1992 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, delivers a compelling tale.
8. Divided We Fall (2000)
Jan Hebejk is the director of the Czech film, “Divided We Fall,” which was released in 2010. Nominations for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar were made for this film. An unmarried couple in Nazi Germany decides to shelter a friend of theirs even though they know the dangers. The film examines the Holocaust and World War II in a nuanced way, blending humor and horror at certain points.
9. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
The diary of a little Jewish girl who, along with her family and friends, was forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam is the basis for this heartbreaking story. Her father, Otto Frank, the family’s sole survivor, published the diary after the war ended. It’s another film that perfectly captures the tragic hopefulness of an innocent youngster amidst the atrocities and inhumanity of war.
10. The Pawnbroker (1964)
Nazi persecution and the death of his entire family are depicted in this film, which depicts the narrative of Jewish pawnbroker Sol Nazerman. A man who has lost all hope in humanity and is numb to the tragedies of the past is doomed to a lonely and bitter existence. For the film, Edward Lewis Wallant wrote a novel based on the same name.