10 Holocaust Movies on Netflix Right Now

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 memorable and tragic moments of our past is the Holocaust. To honor those who suffered from this period of time here is the list of some really good holocaust films streaming on Netflix. How many of these best Nazi or Holocaust movies on Netflix have you seen? You can also watch several of these Holocaust movies on Hulu or Amazon Prime.

10. Woman in Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world-famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. “Woman in Gold” is a compelling film based on a true story. It is a film about justice for the death and the massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. All the cast did a really good job but Helen Mirren (who plays Maria Altman) is particularly moving. Finally, it is probably the least emotional film on this list but it is still worth a watch.

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9. Downfall (2004)

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This biographic drama follows the final days of Adolf Hitler, told by his final secretary Traudl Junge. “Downfall” is a must-see because of its incomparable degree of realism. It is a different perspective on the World War II; it is not pro-Nazi but it does not depict all Nazis as crazy monsters. Most of all, it is always important to look at different times in history through different perspectives.

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8. Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)

“Steal a Pencil for Me” is a compelling documentary by Michèle Ohayon about the power of love and the ability of humankind to rise after indescribable suffering. Holland is under total Nazi occupation in 1943. In Amsterdam, Jack meets Ina at a birthday party. But Jack’s pursuit of love will be complicated since he is married to Manja. When the Jews are being deported, the husband, the wife and the lover find themselves at the same concentration camp, living in the same barracks. While there is plenty of footage of the horrors of the Holocaust, the focus of the film is on showing how love is able to flourish even in mankind’s darkest hour.

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7. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

“A Nazi Legacy” follows Philippe Sands, a human-rights lawyer that conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII – Nazi Governors and consultants to Adolf Hitler himself. This documentary is well executed with fascinating clips of the Nuremberg Trials and its prison. It shows a different angle on the Holocaust and allows a lot of introspective moments. Most of all, it forces you to look at these people, their family history and your values and beliefs.

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6. Phoenix (2014)

In the aftermath of WWII, Nelly, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, horribly disfigured from a bullet wound in her face, undergoes a series of facial reconstruction surgeries and decides to find her husband in Berlin. Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” explores German guilt and the trauma of those who survived the Holocaust, focusing on two people, one who frantically wants to forget the past and the other who is incapable to let it go. Besides, the film is marked by stunning performances from Ronald Zehrfeld and Nina Hoss whose haunting performances are unforgettable.

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5. Run Boy Run (2013)

Srulik, an eight-year-old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. He attempts to survive, at first alone in the forest, and then as a Christian orphan named Jurek on a Polish farm. Based on the bestseller by Uri Orlev, this one (like all of the films in this list) is not an easy movie to watch. The young actors who play Srulik/Jurek did an absolutely astonishing job because they perfectly captured the raw emotion and pain of having to be on the run for 3 years in the Polish countryside. In addition, the movie features a gorgeous orchestral soundtrack, by Stéphane Moucha.

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4. Naked Among Wolves (2015)

Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the three-year-old is sure to die. However, a violation of the rules of the camp would threaten the long-prepared uprising of the concentration camp prisoners against the SS. It is a very grim and violent film that goes beyond the Holocaust, portraying the horrors the Nazis inflicted on non-Jewish political prisoners. It seems to be an accurate portrayal of the period and sufferings of those who suffered during the Holocaust. Also, the acting is excellent, as well the cinematography.

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3. Remembrance (2011)

Based on the true story of Jerzy Bielecki and Cyla Cybulska, this movie follows the pair as they fall in love in a concentration camp in WW II but became separated during their escape, each assuming the other had died. Visually stunning, with a beautiful score to match, “Remembrance” will keep you hypnotized for two hours. By featuring the past and present day of both characters, director Anna Justice creates a tragic love story that will break your heart in two. It is one of the finest personal stories about World War II.

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2. Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)

“Nazi Concentration Camps” is the official documentary report compiled from over 80,000 feet of film shot by Allied military photographers in the German concentration camps immediately after liberation. The footage was taken in order to provide proof of the horrors the liberators witnessed. Besides that, some attention is also placed on the humanitarian work done in the camps by the rescuers.

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1. Schindler’s List (1993)

The film focuses on wealthy businessman Oskar Schindler, who spends his fortune and risks his life to save the lives of 1 100 Jewish men and women in German-occupied Poland. Winner of seven Oscars, “Schindler’s List” tells an important story that reminds us that there are good people in the world trying to correct the mistakes of others. Steven Spielberg created a three-hour moving story that is cold and cruel but that will win your heart. Moreover, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson are incredible in their realistic portrayal of Amon Goeth and Oskar Schindler, respectively.

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