Holocaust (1978– )
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Part 1: 1935-1940 

In 1935 Berlin, the Weisses celebrate son Karl's marriage to Inga Helms. When Erik Dorf is unable to find work as a lawyer, wife Marta urges him to apply for a Nazi government job. Erik ... See full summary »


Marvin J. Chomsky


Gerald Green


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Bell ... Adolf Eichmann
Joseph Bottoms ... Rudi Weiss
Tovah Feldshuh ... Helena Slomova
Marius Goring ... Heinrich Palitz
Rosemary Harris ... Berta Palitz Weiss
Tony Haygarth ... Heinz Muller (as Anthony Haygarth)
Michael Moriarty ... Erik Dorf
Deborah Norton ... Marta Dorf
George Rose ... Lowy
Robert Stephens ... Uncle Kurt Dorf
Meryl Streep ... Inga Helms Weiss
Sam Wanamaker ... Moses Weiss
David Warner ... Heydrich
Fritz Weaver ... Dr. Josef Weiss
James Woods ... Karl Weiss


In 1935 Berlin, the Weisses celebrate son Karl's marriage to Inga Helms. When Erik Dorf is unable to find work as a lawyer, wife Marta urges him to apply for a Nazi government job. Erik Dorf warns Dr. Weiss he should leave Germany. Karl is arrested and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp, and Dr. Weiss is deported to Poland. Erik Dorf continues to advance in the Nazi hierarchy. Written by mama.sylvia

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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Release Date:

16 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Titus Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The manner in which Erik Dorf joins the SS, as well as the uniforms he wears throughout the series, are a combination of different SS branches and offices. When Dorf first applies to join the SS n 1935 he appears in a black General-SS (Allgemeine-SS) uniform apparently as a member of the SD. He also begins with the rank of SS-Lieutenant, seemingly never having served in the enlisted ranks. He next appears in 1938 as a member of the Security Police (Sipo) which was a plain clothes police agency not technically part of the SS, although many members of the Sipo were also part of the SS. In the later part of the mini-series, Dorf wears a gray wartime SS tunic, seemingly with the police insignia of an SS major, yet wears the SS runes collar insignia which were normally only displayed by members of the Waffen-SS. See more »


Hans Helms is shown in the beginning of the series to be about 19 years old and serving on active duty in the Army. He is then seen later back in high school, playing football (soccer) with Rudi Weiss. See more »


Erik Dorf: Why haven't you left Germany? You're not a poor man.
Dr. Josef Weiss: Good question.
Erik Dorf: Get out! Get out while you can.
Dr. Josef Weiss: Jews get ill. They need medical care. If all the doctors left, who would take care of them? It's only the old and the poor who have stayed.
Erik Dorf: Doctor, things won't get easier for you.
Dr. Josef Weiss: How much worse can they get?
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References Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker (1938) See more »

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Have some Kleenex ready for this one....
28 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was a little surprised as I watched this episode that it begins in 1935--two years after Hitler's ascent to national power. This isn't a complaint--just an observation. The Weiss and Helms family are at a wedding banquet. The Weiss family is Jewish and the Helms are Germans. Despite this wedding between different faiths, there are signs at this celebration of what is in the offing, as the Helms family is quite content with the current Nazi government. Over time, the Helms family pulls further and further away from the Weiss family and become willing accomplices with the Nazi propaganda machine--even participating in Kristalnacht. This is not the only plot line involving a 'good German family' falling in with the Nazis and their evil policies. There is another plot involving the Dorf family. As the show begins, they are close to Dr. Weiss, but as the show progresses, this changes because nice Mr. Dorf joins the SS--and slowly rises up the ranks.

The theme is the gradual elimination of Jewish civil rights and the lack of public outcry at these injustices. It's all very well crafted, well acted and quite sad--particularly the fate that occurs with Dr. Weiss' in-laws. It also didn't hurt that such wonderful actors as Fritz Weaver, Meryl Streep, Sam Wanamaker, Michael Moriarty and many others star in this show. Episode one pulls few punches and sets the stage for the horrors of parts 2, 3 and, especially, 4.

Interestingly, parts of this show have strong parallels to the plots in "The Winds of War"--another great made for TV mini-series that you really should watch.

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