In 1983, nine-year-old Hart attends Jewish summer camp for the first time, while in a nearby Alberta town a social studies teacher makes headlines after it's discovered he's been teaching anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. In the aftermath, the teacher's former students are invited to Hart's camp for a picnic and a basketball game. Hart and his campmates are both curious and afraid of what awaits them on the basketball court. Told from Hart's perspective, The Basketball Game fuses animation, documentary and personal memoir in a poignant and humorous tale of hope and tolerance in the face of fear and stereotypes.
A work of startling power and originality, acclaimed director Radu Jude's documentary-essay examines the rise of anti-Semitism in Romania prior to and during World War II almost entirely through the diary of a Jewish doctor in Bucharest juxtaposed with recently unearthed photographs of provincial life in Romania between the years of 1937 and 1944.
In the wake of the 2018 deadly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, FRONTLINE and ProPublica present a new investigation into white supremacist groups in America - in particular, a neo-Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division, that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military. Continuing FRONTLINE and ProPublica's reporting on violent white supremacists in the U.S. (which has helped lead to multiple arrests), this joint investigation shows the group's terrorist objectives and how it gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ray Errol Fox took extraordinary personal risks documenting the new form of anti-Semitism emerging in the former Soviet Union. While Russian anti-Semitism has been a constant in that country s troubled history, it has been unleashed with disturbing virulence by the nationalist movement, "Pamyat." The freedom unleashed by Glasnost, Gorbachev and Yeltsin has included the freedom to hate. The popularity of ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky is the logical extension of that hatred. Organized black-shirted hate groups are observed spearheading a grass-roots movement against their traditional Jewish scapegoats. Clandestinely made footage shows Pamyat thugs taking over a Writers Union meeting. Pamyat spokesmen stir up and enlist their working class sympathizers with anti-Semitic statements at a town meeting. A rare interview with a KGB major general exposes the present government s indifference to the threatening situation. While Russian Jews now have the freedom to emigrate, they are often victimized in the process. Although there are voices raised in defense of the Jews, such as that of "Babi Yar" poet Yevtushenko, the potential for tragedy is disturbingly imminent. This is a film for anyone concerned with the emergence of neo-fascism and religious hatred wherever they may occur. The filmmaker is available for speaking engagements with the film.
A moving account of Hitler's attempt to destroy European Jewry, this program offers a rare personal perspective. Diaries and poems written by men, women and children in the concentration camps help viewers comprehend the horrors of Nazi Germany-and enduring spirit of those who fought for human dignity throughout one of history's darkest chapters. Viewers hear excerpts from Nazi testimony at the Nuremberg Trial, as Eichmann, Biberstein and others give dispassionate accounts of mass death-and plead 'not guilty' to charges. The program traces a complex historical path of European anti-Semitism and examines increasingly determined persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany, including the violent turning point of Kristalnacht, and the formulation of the Final Solution.
"In Search of History" journeys 2,000 years from ancient times to the present, taking a closer look at the events, places, and hidden mysteries that have puzzled and inspired historians and experts across the ages. In 1895, French army captain Alfred Dreyfus was sent to Devil's Island for high treason. In fact, his only crime was being Jewish. Finally, Emile Zola's front-page essay "J'accuse" proved an army cover-up and set in motion a public outcry.
Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music, and the stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice, decked out in the new clothes of romantic nationalism and the pseudo-science of anti-semitism. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution.
A provocative interrogation of our culture's fascination with Hitler and Nazism set against the backdrop of the current rise of white supremacy, the normalization of antisemitism and the weaponization of history itself. Shot in nine countries, the film traces Hitler's movements, his rise to power and the scenes of his crimes as historians and writers weigh in on the lasting impact of his virulent ideology.
A gripping documentary about the heroism of a handful of eyewitnesses who brought the first devastating reports about the Nazi atrocities to the West. Why did such a large proportion of the world ignore the genocide of millions of civilians in Europe? Did people not believe what was happening in Europe or was their indifference plain anti-Semitism? These questions are addressed in the documentary through interviews with four men who tried to warn the world: Jan Karski, Gerhart Riegner, Jan Nowak and Wladislav Bartoszewski. The documentary examines the reasons for ignoring the Nazi's murderous actions. Anti-Semitism was common at the time not only in Europe but among high officials of the American State Department. Was it shared by President Roosevelt? We do know that the State Department suppressed information, delayed action and directed consulates in the field to refuse refugees life-saving visas. Also interviewed are William Slany, the former Chief Historian of the State Department and Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. Under Secretary of State. Slany's is the first testimony by a former top official of the Department. He speaks candidly about the catastrophic mistakes and the significant anti-Semitic attitude of that era. Stuart Eizenstat who published the Nazi-Gold Reports, discusses American responsibility for this tragic history.
This dramatized documentary, drawn verbatim from transcripts, combines the intrigue of a murder mystery with a revealing look at racial, religious and class prejudices. The case was a key factor in the founding and development of the Anti-Defamation League. Originally from New York, Leo Frank was the manager of a pencil factory in Atlanta in 1913, when he was accused and convicted in the rape and murder of a worker, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan. The case is widely regarded as having been a miscarriage of justice. It was the focus of conflicting cultural pressures, represented class and regional resentment of so-called educated Northern industrialists who were perceived to be wielding too much power in the South, threatening its system of justice, culture and morality. The trial occupied the front page of every American newspaper and captivated public attention around the world. Shortly after Frank's conviction, new evidence emerged that cast doubt on Frank's guilt. The Governor commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment, sparking riots in Atlanta. A populist newspaper urged that Frank not be allowed to escape "justice." On August 17, 1915, Frank was kidnapped from the state prison and lynched by a mob in Phagan's hometown of Marietta, Georgia.
For three years freelance journalist Michael Schmidt played a dangerous double game, insinuating himself into the inner circle of German neo-Nazis. They thought his film would glorify their movement and its leader Michael Kuhnen. Schmidt, however, was determined to expose the resurgence of Nazism in Germany and elsewhere. The result is a disturbing document of racial and religious hatred being bred into a new generation. The film brings us into a world of Nazi uniforms, sieg heil salutes, skinheads, mass rallies, and secret plots. Violent anti-Semitism is fanned by the showing of old Nazi hate films, like The Eternal Jew. Former East Germany is a fertile ground for hatred of foreigners and Jews since it is in economic and social crisis. Revisionist historians who deny that the Holocaust ever occurred have close ties with the party. They coined the slogan Wahrheit Macht Frei (The Truth Shall Make Us Free) to parody the Arbeit Macht Frei signs which hung over the gates of concentration camps. Anthony Hancock, a printer of hate booklets, and David Irving, author of books denying the Holocaust, both British, participate with relish in German demonstrations. This film is a warning to the world that old hatreds are being rekindled.
Antisemitism in the US and Europe is worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s, mutating across cultures, borders, and ideologies. Explore its infectious behavior through interviews with victims, witnesses, antisemites, and others.