Movie Reviews: The Holocaust (US, 1978)

Figure 1.-- Here we see the eldest son (14 years old) of Erik Dorf in his NAZI Hitler Youth uniform for a family Christmas celebration zround the Christmas tree and piano.

"THe Holocaust" is a gripping and harrowing film, originally made as a TV series, in 1978. It has an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Joseph Bottoms, Michael Moriarty, David Warner, Nigel Hawthorne, and Ian Holm. The director was Marvin J. Chomsky. Children only have bit parts. The film is a very graphic story of two German families--the Weiss family, which is Jewish, and the Dorf family, which is Christian. Erik Dorf (played brilliantly by Michael Moriarty) is a lawyer who can't find work and so turns to the Nazi party for his livelihood and eventually becomes the second in command to Heydrich, and becomes deeply involved in furthering the "Final Solution"--i.e., the genocide of the Jews. The other family is the Weiss family, headed by a physician and his wife, a concert pianist. One of their sons, Karl (an artist, played by James Woods) marries a gentile, Inga Helms (played by Meryl Streep), and at the beginning the Dorfs are treated by Dr. Weiss who is their family doctor. The film is horribly graphic and shows some of the most terrible aspects of the Holocaust, including mass executions of naked Jews as well as their gassing at German death camps.


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