Library Resources

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18 in '08

This nonpartisan video, conceived of by a former Facing History student, encourages young people to vote and demonstrates the effects young people can have on public policy. It includes interviews with politicians and activists, as well as a short history of the evolution of voting rights and how they came to be extended to those 18 years of age or older. Length: 35 minutes.

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A Boy of Old Prague

Tomas, a young boy living in the 1500's, has been taught to be suspicious and even hateful of Jews. His beliefs are challenged when he must confront them in the ghetto. See pages 294-297 of the Holocaust and Human Behavior resource book for a discussion of this novel.

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A Class Divided

A Class Divided is an expanded version of Eye of the Storm. In this documentary, Jane Elliott meets with her class to talk about the classroom experiment about discrimination she performed 15 years earlier and the effects it had on their lives. In addition, Jane Elliott is seen giving this lesson to employees of the Iowa prison system. Length: 60 minutes.

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A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism  is an accessible history of antisemitism. This book masterfully communicates the magnitude of this hatred over the centuries and reveals why so many people in so many places have found antisemitism a most “convenient hatred.”

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A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip in Hell

This film is based on the still photographs of Wermacht Sergeant Heinz Jost who illegally took photos inside the Warsaw Ghetto in November of 1941, and kept the pictures hidden for over 40 years until he was dying. This German soldier's images of the Ghetto portray the diversity of conditions existing there simultaneously. Many people are starving and ill, while others who arrived more recently are in better health. The photos also capture some of the cultural life of the Ghetto; illegal schools, prayer groups and book peddlers operate surrounded by disease and death. The filmmaker, himself a Holocaust survivor, has combined the photos with Yiddish music, sound effects, and excerpts from Ghetto diaries to create a window into life behind the Ghetto walls. Length: 30 minutes.

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A Day in Warsaw

Part of the video montage Jews of Poland, this short documentary captures the spirit of Jewish life in pre-World War II Warsaw. Narrated in Yiddish with English subtitles, it presents the viewer with important images of daily life in Jewish Warsaw as it was before the Nazi invasion. Length: 10 minutes.

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A Force More Powerful

This series uses archival footage to present six stories of nonviolent movements around the world. Each includes interviews with witnesses, survivors and unsung heroes who contributed to these century-changing events. Length: 6 episodes, 30 minutes each.

1. Nashville: “We Were Warriors”
2. India: “Defying the Crown”
3. South Africa: “Freedom in our lifetime”
4. Denmark: “Living with the Enemy”
5. Poland: We’ve Caught God by the Arm”
6. Chile: “Defeat of a Dictator”
 

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A Gathering of Heroes: Reflections on Rage and Responsibility

Gregory Alan-Williams talks about rescuing a Japanese-American man who was being beaten during the L.A. riots in 1992, places this story against the backdrop of his own life as an African-American man who has grappled with the complexities of violence and power. He recalls his experiences with racism, as well as his own violent behavior in the Marines. He also offers insight into the meaning of rage, the larger implications of the L.A. riots, and the obligations we all have as citizens to minimize the violence in our society.

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A Jew Among the Germans

As a young boy, Marian Marzynski survived the Holocaust in Poland. But his father and most of his relatives did not. In this film, Marzynski sets out on a personal quest to find out how Germans are going to design a memorial to the murder of six million Jews, to be unveiled on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Over three years, he encounters artists, architects and planners who struggle with the big questions of guilt, responsibility and memory. He struggles to reconcile his own relationship to the German people and meets a young "third generation" of Germans who declare their distance from their parents and grandparents, and from how earlier generations have dealt with the Holocaust. Length: 60 minutes.

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A Jew is Not One Thing

This short film explores the nature of Jewish identity in contemporary society and raises questions about the personal nature of identity. Profiled are religious and secular Jews, ardent Zionists, and Jews committed to life in the Diaspora. This pluralistic view embraces the complexity and contradiction inherent in a diverse community. Length: 28 minutes.

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