FILMS

Holocaust Learning UK offers schools a unique array of films, tailor-made for secondary school students. Our films use hitherto unseen survivor testimony, archive historical footage and a diverse cast of student actors to foster an understanding of the Holocaust, both its historical importance and its contemporary relevance.

Films comparison and summary

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  • Main subject
  • Narrator
  • Country of birth
  • Broad Story
  • Historical context
  • Student Actors
  • Post War
  • Duration
  • Age appropriate
  • Janine’s STORY

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  • Main subject

    Janine
    > engaging
    > empathetic
    > accessible

  • Narrator
    Jason Isaacs
  • Country of birth
    Poland; a traditional Polish Jewish family
  • Broad Story

    > A hidden child’s fight for survival under Nazi occupation

  • Historical context

    Life in Germany from 1933:
    > the rise of Hitler
    > anti-Jewish laws
    > book burning
    > Kristallnacht
    > persecution of Jewish people
    > persecution of those with disabilities
    > invasion and occupation of Eastern Europe

  • Student Actors
    Focus: human rights
  • Post War

    > post-war genocides
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    59 minutes in two equal parts

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 12+
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  • Steven's STORY

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  • Main subject

    Steven
    > extraordinary storyteller
    > youthful
    > relatable

  • Narrator
    Jason Isaacs
  • Country of birth
    Holland; a modern assimilated Jewish family
  • Broad Story

    > A child’s life in concentration camps in Holland and Czechoslovakia

    > Forced deportation across Europe in a cattle truck

  • Historical context

    Life in Holland:
    > in 1930s and under Nazi occupation
    > rise of fascism in Germany and elsewhere in Europe
    > WW2 and the early days of the Holocaust
    > Invasion and occupation of Western Europe

  • Student Actors
    Focus: moral dilemmas
  • Post War

    > antisemitism and racism today
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    54 minutes in three equal parts of 18 minutes each

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 13+
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  • ASSEMBLY FILM

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  • Main subject

    6 Holocaust survivors, 3 male, 3 female
    > Powerful and compelling testimonies

  • Narrator
    Various student actors
  • Country of birth
    Poland, Germany, Holland, Hungary
  • Broad Story

    > concentration camps
    > slave labour
    > hidden children
    > forced journeys
    > starvation
    > death squads
    > death march
    > disease
    > loss of identity & humanity

  • Historical context

    A pan-European overview of the
    Holocaust in the context of WW2

  • Student Actors
    WW2 Overview
  • Post War

    > the importance of learning from the Holocaust today
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    15 minutes

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 11+
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