Humanity has often been subdued by ruthless impulses of tyrants. People have been slaughtered and freedom has been lost (and regained) in many periods of the history of humanity. One of the most infamously memorable and tragic moments of our past is the Holocaust. For the uninitiated, Holocaust was the mass genocide committed during World War II by Nazi forces and their allies that resulted in the murder of close to six million Jews. To this day, the Holocaust is considered as one of the biggest mass murder events in the history of mankind as we know it.
Holocaust movies have not only focused on the atrocities committed during the time of World War II, but also the following years and decades wherein one could see the after-effects of the crimes. Most of these films have focused on grim central ideas and forgotten heroes who succeeded in saving the Jewish populace to the extent they could. However meagre they might be on Netflix, their overall presence is significant. Here’s a list of really good Holocaust movies on Netflix today. And be warned, some of these are real tear-jerkers. You can also watch several of these films on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
16. Playing for Time (1980)
In what seems like one of the most defining films of the ’80s, playing for time is the narrative of a French-Jewish singer and pianist Fania is being sent to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp during the second world war by the Nazi forces. Fania, given herself being a musician, is not subject to the atrocities as are others but is enlisted in an orchestra called the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz. Fina, using her influence among the other singers and in order to help her friend out, enlists Marianne in the singing group as well. Though the women of the orchestra are subject to lesser torture, fed well and are looked after, they still suffer physical and mental abuse regardless. Fania is seemingly stuck between a rock and a hard place. ‘Playing for Time’ is a tear-jerking film, so keep your tissues handy.
15. Hitler’s Steel Beast (2016)
A defining documentary about Hitler’s specially-built train that could withstand attacks from bombs, bullets and aerial warfare, ‘Hitler’s Steel Beast’ might not be a film that “highlights” the holocaust but definitely touches upon it at many points. The movie begins with how Hitler’s train was a bunker, his headquarter and refuge on wheels, an Air Force One of sorts, only not airborne. It is said that Hitler took many decisive meetings onboard his Steel Beast, made history and was confined in it during the final days of the war. Dispelling rumours and telling us about the “lost treasure” of the second world war, a very few records remain of Hitler’s Steel Beast to this day. Set during the days of the Holocaust until the death of Hitler, perhaps this was the most famous train of the time.