Films Related to Being a 3G

A Generation Apart

A film portraying the impact of the Holocaust on families of concentration camp survivors.  Now that the children of survivors have grown, it has become painfully clear that their parents’ wartime horrors have formed a very real emotional cornerstone in their families’ relationships.  A Generation Apart captures these family relationships with incredibly candid – and sometimes explosive – confrontations between survivors and their children in a way that illuminates the nature of problems between parents and children in general.

Because of that War

An affecting ‘talking heads’ documentary which traces the stories of four Israelis: Yehuda Poliker and Ya’acov Gilad, two rock musicians bound together not only by their music, but also by their common experience as the offspring of survivors of the Nazi extermination camps; and those survivors themselves – Yehuda’s father Jacko (from Salonika, taken to Treblinka), and Yaakov’s mother Halina (from Warsaw, taken to Auschwitz as a teenager).

Breaking the Silence

Video interviews and discussions with survivors and the Second Generation, interspersed with psychological explanations by professionals.

Children of Legacy

The persecution of Jews during the Holocaust left painful memories for many people.  My father-in-law Ben Guyer, a native Pole and retired tailor residing in Florida, is a witness to this harsh period in human history.  As a Holocaust survivor, Ben’s whole life has been devoted to the act of remembering, protecting the Jewish culture and race, and providing his children with opportunities he never had.  Growing up in America and bombarded by his father’s survivor stories, Sam rebelled against Ben’s expectations and detached himself from his own culture and history.

Children of the Third Reich

Eighteen children of Holocaust survivors meet children of German Nazis.

Dark Lullabies

This film explores the impact of the Holocaust on a generation of Jews and Germans born after the war.  Many are children of survivors.  Interviews with German children and grand children are included.

Everything is Illuminated

A young Jewish American flies to the Ukraine in search of his grandfather’s past.  He has a photograph and the name of a village.  He hires the Odessa Heritage Tours, made up of a gruff old man and his English-speaking grandson.  The three, plus grandfather’s deranged dog, travel in an old car from Odessa into Ukraine’s heart. Jonathan, the American, is a collector, putting things he finds into small plastic bags, so he will remember.  Alex, the interpreter, is an archetypal wild and crazy guy.  Alex asks the old man, “Was there anti-Semitism in the Ukraine before the war?”  Will they find the village?  The past illuminates everything.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

A documentary film about Eva Mozes Kor, a victim of the Holocaust, and her decision to forgive the Nazis who killed her family.  In particular, Dr. Josef Mengele and his staff, who experimented on her and her twin sister, Miriam Mozes, as well as approximately 1,400 other twin pairs.

Four Seasons Lodge

Having lived through the unimaginable, a group of Holocaust survivors founded a vacation colony in the Catskills. For decades they gathered together, but now they face perhaps their final summer together. Directed by New York Times journalist Andrew Jacobs and beautifully photographed by a team led by Albert Maysles, this vivid, inspiring, and unexpectedly funny portrait reveals the indomitable spirit of a singular community. “This is our revenge,” one camper explains. “To live this long, this well, is a victory.”

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Freedom Writers

A dramatization of a real story about a teacher of urban underprivileged students who tries to let her students write down the survival stories of their undeclared war on the streets, trying to open their eyes to the experiences of those suffering intolerance throughout the world, trying to educated the kids from the ghettos of California about the kids from the ghettos of Europe.

I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust

Diaries written by Jewish children who were caught up in the maelstrom of the Holocaust.

In Dark Places

Explores the attempts of some 2Gs to come to terms with the Holocaust.

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Misa’s Fogue

Frank (Misa) Grunwald was born in Czechoslovakia in September of 1932.  Four months later, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.  Misa’s Fogue is the true story of one boy’s journey through Prague, Terezin, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk, and Gunskirken as a victim of arbitrary Nazi oppression.  While exposed to some of the most horrific people, places, and events of the Holocaust, Frank Grunwald was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through a love for art and music that his childhood in Prague had instilled in him.  His story of suffering, loss and self-discovery is poignantly told from the perspective of a child who has lived with these tragic memories for more than half of a century.  Encountering the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele and legendary artist Dina Babbit along the way, Frank Grunswald’s life demonstrates the decision that all men and woman must make to devote their lives either to the creation or destruction of human civilization.

This film is poignantly told through film and interviews with Frank Grunwald.  The documentary was edited, musically scored and visually supported by the efforts of students and faculty of Fleetwood Area High School.  Click here for more information.

My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports


A moving and inspiring documentary film that captures how students responded to lessons about the Holocaust-with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis.  Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute.  Their plan was simple but profound.  The amazing result, a memorial railcar filled with 11 million paper clips (representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.

Pola’s March

Pola Susswein, a sprightly, well-spoken seventy-something social worker living in Tel Aviv travels back to her native Poland in this rendezvous with ghosts, memory, and lost childhood.  As a survivor of the Holocaust, Pola has volunteered to join and act as historical witness for The March of the Living, a group of 200 high school and college students who journey to unspeakable hearts of darkness-Auschwitz, Birkenau, Treblinka, and Majdanek.

Say I’m a Jew

Pier Marton is a second-generation artist who has wrestled with problems of his parents’ survival and the impact of contemporary anti-Semitism.  Being a member of the second generation and experiencing European anti-Semitism in France in the 1950s and 1960s led Marton to the inability to openly express his Jewishness. Drawing from his own experience, Marton was obsessed with the question of how children of the second generation have coped with growing up in Europe after World War II.  While attending a convention of second-generation survivors, Marton advertised for individuals willing to tell the story of their European and Jewish identity experiences on camera.  Many volunteered.  Marton edited bits and pieces of the video together to form an engaging artistic and psychological work.

Seeing the Other Side- 60 years after Buchenwald

A 14-minute television film based on Mona Sue Weissmark’s book entitled “Justice Matters: Legacies of the Holocaust and World War II” (Oxford University Press). View a preview here

Tangled Roots

Filmmaker Heidi Schmidt Emberling confronts her German father and Jewish mother about the devastating secrets and painful silence about the past as she struggles to reconcile her dual identity as both a German and a Jew.  Through intimate interviews with both her Jewish relatives in America and her German Lutheran relatives abroad, she discovers a rich family tapestry spanning three continents, shaped by war, courage, prejudice, and fear.

The Auschwitz Album

The Legacy – Children of Holocaust Survivors

Video of five adults whose parents survived the Holocaust and the terrors of the camps discuss the effect that their parents’ experiences had on their own lives.

The Phoenix Effect

A documentary about second generation Holocaust survivors who grew up in Vineland, New Jersey after World War II.  The film concludes with the third-generation examining how the transference of trauma effects the newest generation of survivors.

The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton

The Third Generation

Three generations of Germans and Israelis try to come to terms with each other and themselves.

Truth be Told

Controversial author and activist Linda Mills pries open the darkly guarded doors of history as she takes her unforgettable but reluctant family back to Vienna, where they fled the Nazis in 1939.  Obsessively following a trail of stunning revelations, she uncovers an astonishing array of collaborators, victims, perpetrators and unlikely heroes in a startlingly humorous adventure from Vienna to Hollywood.

Voices of the Children

Tells the story of three people who were imprisoned as children in Terezin, the small Czech town that the Nazis converted into a concentration camp.  Making excellent use of the survivors’ diaries and drawings hidden during the war, along with archival footage and photos, the film follows their stories through difficult postwar years into the present with their adult children.  The film integrates the survivors’ remembrances with an examination of how the past influenced their lives and the lives of their children.

Walk on Water

Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

We Are Still Here

While confronting the horrors of our past, we ultimately discover the great miracle of our existence today and leave behind a marker that tells the world: We are still here. In this first-person documentary, Evan Kleinman and his family make the journey together and walk the earth where his family was meant to be destroyed.  Click Here for more information.

Wladek (Willy)

A short documentary based on a series of interviews conducted by a Grandson with his Grandfather, Wladek (Willy) Zucker.  In them he shares his story of how he overcame every obstacle, when escaping a German ghetto at the age of thirteen.