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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Shoah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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Defamation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Holocaust On Trial

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Night and Fog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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One Survivor Remembers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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Survivors of the Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Children Remember the Holocaust

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Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Nuremberg Trials

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Warsaw Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Warsaw Ghetto

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

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Memory of the Camps: Frontline is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Memory of the Camps: Frontline Trevor Howard

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The Trial of Adolf Eichmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann

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A Is for Auschwitz: a Weekend ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
A Is for Auschwitz: a Weekend With My Grandparents

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The Holocaust - the Story of F... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Holocaust - the Story of Family Weiss

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They Risked Their Lives: Rescu... is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Majdanek: Cemetery of Europe

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Lodz Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Holocaust: New York Tolerance Center

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I Remember is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
I Remember

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Schindler: The Documentary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Schindler: The Documentary Dirk Bogarde Schindler: The Real Story is a 1983 documentary film written and directed by Jon Blair.

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Into the Arms of Strangers: St... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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Nazi Concentration Camps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Nazi Concentration Camps

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Jasenovac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Jasenovac

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A Day In The Warsaw Ghetto: A ... is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Liberation of Auschwitz 1945 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Liberation of Auschwitz 1945

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The Counterfeiters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall o... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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Never Forget is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Never Forget Never Forget is a 1991 drama film directed by Patrice Chéreau, Philippe Muyl, Chantal Akerman, René Allio, Denis Amar, Jean Becker, Jane Birkin, Bertrand Blier, Jean-Michel ...more

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The Holocaust: In Memory of Mi... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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) 33 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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Babiy Yar: Lessons of History is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Babiy Yar: Lessons of History

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In the Shadow of the Reich: Na... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine

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Murderers Among Us is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
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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Against the Odds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Against the Odds Jeff Teravainen

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Diamonds in the Snow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Diamonds in the Snow

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The Visas That Saved Lives is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Visas That Saved Lives

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The Art of Remembrance - Simon... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Art of Remembrance - Simon Wiesenthal

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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Hugo Hugo is a 1989 film directed by Yair Lev.

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Tak for Alt: Survival of a Hum... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit

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Long Shadows: Stories from a J... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Long Shadows: Stories from a Jewish Home

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The Children of Chabannes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
The Children of Chabannes Philippe Pétain, Lisa Gossels, Frédéric Pottecher The Children of Chabannes is a 2001 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming with Limited Dramatization - Programs nominated/winning TV program.

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A Sculpture of Love and Anguis... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
A Sculpture of Love and Anguish: the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial

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Undying Love is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Björn Thors, Vignir Rafn Val Órsson Undying Love is a 2011 short drama and horror film written and directed by Omar Hauksson.

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Martin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Martin

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Witnesses: Anti-Semitism in Po... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Witnesses: Anti-Semitism in Poland, 1946

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Kaddish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Kaddish Steve Brand Kaddish is a 1984 Documentary film written and directed by Steve Brand.

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Genocide is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Documentaries About The Holocaust
Genocide Orson Welles Genocide is a 1981 documentary by Arnold Schwartzman concerning the Holocaust. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.