Wars The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust  

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There are many documentaries that discuss the topic of the Holocaust, including the historical events that led to the rise of Germany’s Adolf Hitler, the controversies around the Nazis, conspiracy theories about Hitler’s involvement in witchcraft and the Illuminati and the impact of the Holocaust on the Jews who were killed in the concentration camps. What are the best documentaries about the Holocaust? Check the comprehensive list below.

These Holocaust documentaries have been ranked as the absolute best to watch for information and history on the topic. Many of these critically acclaimed documentary films feature survivors' stories from this dark time in history. Several also focus on how other countries came to the aid of the Jews, risking everything to help.

This list of the best Holocaust documentaries includes: Death Mills, Seeds of Destiny, Memory of the Camps: Frontline, The Nazi Plan, The Nuremberg Trials and Murderers Among Us. Vote up the Holocaust documentary you think is the most well done or add any not on the list.
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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi Sta... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

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sebbzor added Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' Linda Hunt, Linda Ellerbee, Samuel West Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution' is a BBC six-episode documentary film series presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards to include ...more

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Shoah Shoah is a 1985 French documentary film directed by Claude Lanzmann about the Holocaust. The film primarily consists of his interviews and visits to German Holocaust sites across Poland, ...more

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Mollevangsvagen added Defamation Defamation is a 2009 film directed by Yoav Shamir. "Yoav Shamir is a documentary maker who specialises in films about modern Israeli life. His latest deals with anti-Semitism, which he ...more

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The Holocaust On Trial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Holocaust On Trial

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Mollevangsvagen added Auschwitz: Silent Witness

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One Survivor Remembers Gerda Weissmann Klein, Kurt Klein One Survivor Remembers is a 1995 documentary short film by Kary Antholis in which Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein recounts her six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty, including the ...more

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Night and Fog Michel Bouquet Night and Fog is a 1955 French documentary short film. Directed by Alain Resnais, it was made ten years after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The documentary features the abandoned ...more

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Survivors of the Holocaust This documentary blends personal accounts of what happened before, during and after WWII. One testimony tells of a sister sending tear-stained letters from the prison camp, while another ...more

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Children Remember the Holocaus... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Children Remember the Holocaust

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Paper Clips Paper Clips is a 2004 documentary film written and produced by Joe Fab, and directed by Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, about the Paper Clips Project, in which a middle school class that tries to ...more

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Anne Frank Remembered Glenn Close, Kenneth Branagh, Joely Richardson Anne Frank Remembered is a 1995 documentary film by Jon Blair about the life of the diarist Anne Frank. The documentary was made in association with Anne Frank House, Walt Disney Pictures and ...more

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Auschwitz Uwe Boll, Steffen Mennekes, Alexis Wawerka Auschwitz is a 2011 German drama film directed by Uwe Boll.

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No Place on Earth Dániel Hegedüs, Péter Balázs Kiss, Katalin Lábán No Place on Earth is a 2012 documentary film directed by Janet Tobias.

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The Nuremberg Trials is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Nuremberg Trials

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The Yellow Star: The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45 The Yellow Star - The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45 is a 1981 documentary drama history film written by Albert Hemsing, Esther Hemsing and Gerhard Schoenberner and directed by Dieter ...more

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A Film Unfinished Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Sendrowitz This haunting film about a film examines a classic Nazi propaganda movie used by historians for decades to provide insight into the realities of life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. The recent ...more

Putting 'Dunkirk' To The Historical Accuracy Test

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Warsaw Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Warsaw Ghetto

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The Nazis: A Warning from History The Nazis: A Warning from History is a 1997 BBC documentary film series that examines Adolf Hitler and the Nazis' rise to power, their zenith, their decline and fall, and the consequences of ...more

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Memory of the Camps: Frontline Trevor Howard

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The Trial of Adolf Eichmann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann

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They Risked Their Lives: Rescu... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust

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Majdanek: Cemetery of Europe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Majdanek: Cemetery of Europe

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Lodz Ghetto Jerzy Kosiński, Barbara Rosenblat, Nicholas Kepros Lodz Ghetto is a 1989 documentry film written by Alan Adelson and directed by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna.

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Holocaust: New York Tolerance ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Holocaust: New York Tolerance Center

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The Story of Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Lodz The Story of Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Łódź is a 1982 documentary that uses archival film footage and photographs to narrate the story of one of the Holocaust's most controversial ...more

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I Remember is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
I Remember

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A Is for Auschwitz: a Weekend ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
A Is for Auschwitz: a Weekend With My Grandparents

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Nazi Concentration Camps is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Nazi Concentration Camps

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Schindler: The Documentary Dirk Bogarde Schindler: The Real Story is a 1983 documentary film written and directed by Jon Blair.

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The Holocaust - the Story of F... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Holocaust - the Story of Family Weiss

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Liberation of Auschwitz 1945 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Liberation of Auschwitz 1945

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The Counterfeiters Agust Diehl, Dolores Chaplin, Karl Markovics The Counterfeiters is a 2007 Austrian-German drama film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It fictionalizes Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by Nazi Germany during the Second World War ...more

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In the Shadow of the Reich: Na... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine

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Choosing One's Way: Resistance in Auschwitz/Birkenau

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Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. Claude Lanzmann Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. is a 2001 French documentary film directed by Claude Lanzmann. It was screened out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. The title and date ...more

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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. David Irving, Fred A. Leuchter, David Collins Documentary about Fred Leuchter, an engineer who became an expert on execution devices and was later hired by revisionist historian Ernst Zundel to "prove" that there were no gas ...more

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The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions Elie Wiesel, Raye Farr, Vladka Meed The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions is a 1994 News & Documentary Emmy Award nominated tv program aired in 1994 in the USA.

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Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Nuremberg Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Jill Hennessy Nuremberg is a 2000 Canadian/United States television docudrama, based on the book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial by Joseph E. Persico, that tells the story of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial

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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Judi Dench, Lore Segal, Hedy Epstein Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is the 2000 Academy Award-winning Warner Bros. documentary feature film about the remarkable British rescue operation, known as the ...more

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Babiy Yar: Lessons of History is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Babiy Yar: Lessons of History

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Jasenovac is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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A Day In The Warsaw Ghetto: A ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: a Birthday Trip in Hell A Day In The Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip In Hell is a 6th Gemini Award winning work.

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Murderers Among Us Hildegard Knef, Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur, Erna Sellmer Die Mörder sind unter uns, a German film known in English as Murderers Among Us in the United States or The Murderers Are Among Us in the United Kingdom) was one of the first post-World War ...more

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Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die is a 1982 documentary that asks whether the United States could have stopped the Holocaust. The film combines previously classified information, rare newsreel ...more

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The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark

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Against the Odds is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Against the Odds Jeff Teravainen

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The Visas That Saved Lives is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Visas That Saved Lives