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National Center for Jewish Film

Overview
Works: 374 works in 772 publications in 4 languages and 7,072 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Yiddish films  History  Documentary films  Short films  Nonfiction films  Comedy films  War films  Romance films 
Roles: Distributor, Publisher, Producer, Other, Author
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by National Center for Jewish Film
The man in the glass booth( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of Arthur Goldman who is captured and brought to trial in Israel for crimes against humanity. Is he the rich Jewish businessman or is he the former SS colonel who headed a Nazi concentration camp? As the trial progresses, the question becomes more confusing
Die weisse Rose = The White Rose by Michael Verhoeven( Visual )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in German and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a secret society of students and their professor who printed and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets to urge German citizens to sabotage the war efforts. Their actions cost the Munich-based group their lives. Based on actual events
Sholom Aleichem's Tevya( Visual )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2004 in Yiddish and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on Khave, one of the daughters of Tevye the Dairyman, who loves a gentile, the son of a Ukrainian peasant. Tevye's paternal affection is placed in direct conflict with his deep commitment to Jewish religious tradition
Americaner schadchen by Edgar G Ulmer( Visual )

11 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I want to be a boarder: The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant
Fuehrer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt = The Führer gives a city to the Jews( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in German and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany's Ministry of Propaganda produced this 1944 film about Theresienstadt, the "model" ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin, a town in the former Czechoslovakia. Goebbles intended to use the film to prove to the International Red cross and the world that Jews were being well-treated in the camps. The film, however, is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life. Upon completion, the director and most of the cast of prisoners were shipped to Auschwitz. Only a few survived to attest to the falsity of the film
East and West = Mizreḥ un Mayrev by Sidney M Goldin( Visual )

5 editions published between 1923 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a comedic film about assimilation and Jewish values, sophisticated New Yorker Morris Brown travels back to his village to attend his niece's traditional wedding. He brings his daughterMollie, whose hijinks include boxing and teaching other young villagers to shimmy. Mollie meets her match, however, in an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart
The light ahead = Fishka der krimmer by Edgar G Ulmer( Visual )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The innocent, impoverished lovers, lame Fishke and blind Hodel, are beset by the superstition, prejudice and greed present in a late nineteenth century shtetl in tsarist Russia. The benevolent and enlightened bookseller Mendele helps and encourages them in their dream of escaping to a freer life in Odessa
The Yiddish cinema by National Center for Jewish Films( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with a brief history of Yiddish language and culture, the history of Yiddish cinema is recounted, using excerpts from Yiddish films: A Letter to Mother (1939), Tevye (1939, Jewish luck (1925), The Dybbuk (1937), Yiddle with his fiddle (1936), The Jester (1937), The Light ahead (1939), Uncle Moses (1932), Greenfields (1937), American matchmaker (1940). This documentary was produced "to augment the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective, 'Yiddish film between two worlds'."
Hungry hearts( Visual )

6 editions published between 1922 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focuses on the Levin family who emigrate from Eastern Europe to New York City. Filmed on location on the Lower East Side, this bittersweet classic captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World."
Jewish life in Wilno( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film sequences of pre-World War II Vilnius document people engaged in the rituals and realities of every day life: at work, at play, in school and in the synagogue
A day in Warsaw( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrayal of Warsaw, Poland in 1938, emphasizing the buildings, institutions and neighborhoods associated with the 400,000 Jews living in Warsaw at that time
Jewish life in Bialystok by Shaul Goskind( Visual )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the commercial, industrial and cultural center of Białystok, Poland emphasizing the city's 200-year-old Jewish community
Jewish life in Krakow( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the Kraków, Poland of 1939; includes commercial, industrial and cultural highlights, focusing on the Jews, their institutions, and their way of life
Uncle Moses = Onḳl Mozes by Maurice Schwartz( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to contemporary reviewers, "Uncle Moses" follows closely the Yiddish Art Theater's adaptation of the 1918 Sholem Asch novel by the same name. Best known for his portrayals of the shtetl, in "Uncle Moses" Asch shifts his focus from Eastern Europe to New York City's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century. In vivid, sometimes comic, yet always soberly realistic images, the film portrays the lives of East European shtetl Jews transplanted onto American soil. The bustling sweatshop and overcrowded tenement serve as the backdrop for a rich thematic blend of romantic intrigue, old and young love, realization of financial success, disintegration of the Jewish family, early struggles of the garment workers' union movement, and the clash of old-world values and new-world dreams. The pivotal role of Uncle Moses, benevolent despot and self-made patriarch among his landsmen, serves as an excellent vehicle for consummate actor Maurice Schwartz. While often flamboyant in his portrayal of this complex figure, Schwartz achieves a characterization of great dignity and compassion
Mutters Courage by Michael Verhoeven( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in German and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the true survival story of a Hungarian Jew, Elsa Tabori, who was arrested in Budapest in 1944, put on a train to Auschwitz, and returned home that night
Jewish life in Lwów( Visual )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in Yiddish and English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now known as Lv́ov, in Ukraine, this city is shown as it was in 1939. Focuses on the Jews, one third of its poulation in 1939, their institutions, and their way of life
Grine felder = Green fields( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ascetic young Hasidic scholar leaves his studies to search the Lithuanian countryside for common people and a meaningful existence close to the land
Yidl with his fiddle( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking to help her aging father and finding few options of young women in the shtetl, Molly/Yiddle disguises herself as a boy to join a band of klezmorim. Filmed in Poland in 1936
Our children by Shaul Goskind( Visual )

6 editions published between 1947 and 2008 in Yiddish and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features the comedy duo of Dzigan and Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust
Comme un juif en France : dans la joie ou la douleur = Being Jewish in France : in joy or in sorrow by Yves Jeuland( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history of the Jewish people in France starting with the trial of Alfred Dreyfus in the 19th century and ending in the present day
 
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The Yiddish cinema
Alternative Names
Brandeis University National Center for Jewish Film

Brandeis University Waltham, Mass National Center for Jewish Film

N.C.J.F.

NCJF

NCJF (National Center for Jewish Film)

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Languages
Yiddish (70)

German (16)

English (15)

French (1)

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