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Holocausto (1978)
"Holocaust" (original title)

TV Mini-Series  -  475 min  -  Drama | History | Romance
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The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.


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Series cast summary:
Joseph Bottoms Joseph Bottoms ...
Rudi Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
Tovah Feldshuh Tovah Feldshuh ...
Helena Slomova (4 episodes, 1978)
Rosemary Harris Rosemary Harris ...
Berta Palitz Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
Tony Haygarth Tony Haygarth ...
Heinz Muller (4 episodes, 1978)
Michael Moriarty Michael Moriarty ...
Erik Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
Deborah Norton Deborah Norton ...
Marta Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
George Rose George Rose ...
Franz Lowy (4 episodes, 1978)
Robert Stephens Robert Stephens ...
Uncle Kurt Dorf (4 episodes, 1978)
Sam Wanamaker Sam Wanamaker ...
Moses Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
David Warner David Warner ...
Heydrich (4 episodes, 1978)
Fritz Weaver Fritz Weaver ...
Dr. Josef Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
James Woods James Woods ...
Karl Weiss (4 episodes, 1978)
Charles Korvin Charles Korvin ...
Dr. Kohn (4 episodes, 1978)
Stanley Lebor Stanley Lebor ...
Zalman (4 episodes, 1978)
Käte Jaenicke Käte Jaenicke ...
Frau Lowy (4 episodes, 1978)
Tom Bell Tom Bell ...
Adolf Eichmann (3 episodes, 1978)
Meryl Streep Meryl Streep ...
Inga Helms Weiss (3 episodes, 1978)
John Bailey John Bailey ...
Hans Frank (3 episodes, 1978)
Michael Beck Michael Beck ...
Hans Helms (3 episodes, 1978)
T.P. McKenna T.P. McKenna ...
Blobel (3 episodes, 1978)
Cyril Shaps Cyril Shaps ...
Weinberg (3 episodes, 1978)
Ian Holm Ian Holm ...
Heinrich Himmler (2 episodes, 1978)
Lee Montague Lee Montague ...
Uncle Sasha (2 episodes, 1978)
Isolde Barth Isolde Barth ...
Eva (2 episodes, 1978)
Vernon Dobtcheff Vernon Dobtcheff ...
Karp (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Garell Peter Garell ...
Yuri (2 episodes, 1978)
Werner Kreindl Werner Kreindl ...
Herr Helms (2 episodes, 1978)
Martin Brandt Martin Brandt ...
Rabbi Karsh (2 episodes, 1978)
Edward Gilkrist Edward Gilkrist ...
Peter Dorf - teen (2 episodes, 1978)
Courtney Hill Courtney Hill ...
Laura Dorf - teen (2 episodes, 1978)
Nina Sandt Nina Sandt ...
Frau Helms (2 episodes, 1978)
Blanche Baker Blanche Baker ...
Anna Weiss (2 episodes, 1978)
Götz von Langheim Götz von Langheim ...
Berlin Doctor (2 episodes, 1978)
Jeremy Levy Jeremy Levy ...
Aaron Feldman (2 episodes, 1978)
Miriam Mahler Miriam Mahler ...
Woman with Infant (2 episodes, 1978)
Walter Scheuer Walter Scheuer ...
Prague Policeman (2 episodes, 1978)
Irene Prador Irene Prador ...
Maria Kalova (2 episodes, 1978)
George Pravda George Pravda ...
Otto Felscher (2 episodes, 1978)
Bruno Thost Bruno Thost ...
Kapo Melnick (2 episodes, 1978)
Joe Trummer Joe Trummer ...
Czech Jew (2 episodes, 1978)
Murray Salem Murray Salem ...
Analavitz (2 episodes, 1978)
Gabor Vernon Gabor Vernon ...
Rabbi Samuel (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Vogel Peter Vogel ...
Emil Frey (2 episodes, 1978)
Peter Weihs Peter Weihs ...
Sacristan (2 episodes, 1978)
Marius Goring Marius Goring ...
Heinrich Palitz (2 episodes, 1978)
Kathina Kaiser Kathina Kaiser ...
Sarah Ohlnick (2 episodes, 1978)


"Holocaust" follows each member of the Jewish Family Weiss throughout Hitler's reign in Germany. One by one, the family members suffer the horrible fate of extermination under Anti-Semetic Nazi Law until only one son remains at the end of World War II. A sub-plot follows the story of Eric Dorf, a young German lawyer with a good heart who is changed into a mass murderer by membership in the SS. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>  

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Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss See more »

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 | USA: (DVD) (2008)  | Finland: (DVD) (2008)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The term 'Holocaust' didn't exist in the German language until the 1980s. Due to the great success of the mini series it became common knowledge and was chosen as "word of the year 1979" by the 'Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache' (Society for German Language). See more »


Anachronisms: On Kristallnacht, occurring in 1938, Reinhard Heydrich wears a type of collar insignia that the SS did not use until 1942. See more »


Adolf Eichmann: [to Erik] Now there rose up a new king in Egypt who knew not Joseph. Kaltenbrunner's our new king, eh Major?
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Referenced in Not Only But Always (2004) See more »

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14 June 2003 | by trpdean (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

If you were only to see one movie, one television series in your life about the Holocaust (and you should see more), this would be it.

It is the most wide-ranging, most thorough examination of what happened to central and eastern Europe's Jews between 1935 and 1945. The series focuses not on one camp: but on several (Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Buchenwald, Sobribor - and hear much of Maidenek, Dachau, and others). We see the creation and changes in the ghetto in Warsaw (and hear of the ghettos in Vilnius and elsewhere). We see the evolution in the methods of killing Jews - and why. We see what happened to those deemed defectives at yet another camp.

With two exceptions, I found the acting (by a truly stunning cast - from Nigel Hawthorne to Ian Holm, from James Woods to T.P. McKenna, from Meryl Streep to David Warner, from Rosemary Harris to Sam Wanamaker, from Fritz Weaver to Tovah Feldshuh, Robert Stephens to Deborah Norton, Michael Moriarty) superb - truly moving and powerful. The two exceptions were the daughter Anna and the son Rudy played by Joseph Bottoms. This may not be entirely their fault - their parts are so underwritten - conventional.

The fantastic aspect of this series is its scope - you really do have a grounding in the Holocaust that would serve you well reading any history, seeing any movies set in this time.

The downside is that as fine as the acting is, the series is split among the stories of six to eight people over the course of a decade - which inevitably limits how moved the audience is by the story of each. Thus, in contrast to say, Schindler's List or The Pianist, we are not living and breathing with one person and what happens to him - we do not know these characters THAT well.

I would also criticize the series as creating such one-sidedly virtuous characters in the victims. We are interested in a character in drama only to the extent that the person seems real and we can therefore wholly identify with this real breathing person. Although we do have some feeling of how James Woods' character is different from say, Joseph Bottoms', it isn't sufficient to move the drama to the greatest heights. Actors don't come better than those in this series - so I think it's really due to the nature of the series - the need to get it all in and move around all the different experiences. This better serves our education, but somewhat reduces the sense of having suffered with each individual.

This was a great and enormously expensive production. It is very worthwhile renting - and should be shown to everyone above say, the age of 12 (I'd say that a younger age is too susceptible to the horror). NBC is to be commended highly for having developed it. It's tremendous.

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