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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 Na... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

Released: 2004

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Shoah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Claude Lanzmann

Released: 1985

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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The Holocaust On Trial ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Holocaust On Trial

Released: 2000

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Night and Fog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Alain Resnais

Actors: Michel Bouquet

Released: 1955

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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Defamation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Mollevangsvagen added Yoav Shamir

Released: 2009

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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One Survivor Remembers ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Kary Antholis

Actors: Gerda Weissmann Klein, Kurt Klein

Released: 1995

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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Children Remember the Ho... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Children Remember the Holocaust

Released: 1995

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Warsaw Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Warsaw Ghetto

Released: 1966

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Survivors of the Holocau... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Allan Holzman

Released: 1996

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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Nazi Concentration Camps... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Nazi Concentration Camps

Released: 1945

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The Nuremberg Trials is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Nuremberg Trials

Released: 1947

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Memory of the Camps: Fro... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Memory of the Camps: Frontline Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein

Actors: Trevor Howard

Released: 1985

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A Film Unfinished is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Yael Hersonski

Actors: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Sendrowitz, Janusz Hamerszmit, Gera Sandler, + more

Released: 2010

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
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They Risked Their Lives:... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust Gay Block

Released: 1991

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No Place on Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Janet Tobias

Actors: Dániel Hegedüs, Péter Balázs Kiss, Katalin Lábán, Balázs Barna Hídvégi, Fruzsina Pelikán

Released: 2012

No Place on Earth is a 2012 documentary film directed by Janet Tobias.
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Schindler: The Documenta... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Jon Blair

Actors: Dirk Bogarde

Released: 1983

Schindler: The Real Story is a 1983 documentary film written and directed by Jon Blair.
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The Trial of Adolf Eichm... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann

Released: 1997

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C.A.N.D.L.E.S.: the Stor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
C.A.N.D.L.E.S.: the Story of the Mengele Twins

Released: 1990

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A Is for Auschwitz: a We... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
A Is for Auschwitz: a Weekend With My Grandparents

Released: 2004

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Into the Arms of Strange... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Mark Jonathan Harris

Actors: Judi Dench, Lore Segal, Hedy Epstein, Eva Hayman, Kurt Fuchel, + more

Released: 2000

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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Liberation of Auschwitz ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Liberation of Auschwitz 1945

Released: 1985

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Lodz Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Kate Taverna, Alan Adelson

Actors: Jerzy Kosiński, Barbara Rosenblat, Nicholas Kepros, Jerry Matz, Gregory Gordon, + more

Released: 1988

Lodz Ghetto is a 1989 documentry film written by Alan Adelson and directed by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna.
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A Day In The Warsaw Ghet... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: a Birthday Trip in Hell

Released: 1991

A Day In The Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip In Hell is a 6th Gemini Award winning work.
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I Remember is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
I Remember

Released: 2002

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Jasenovac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Jasenovac

Released: 1945