Centropa has well more than 50 films online. Our historical documentaries delve into the history of specific countries while our personal stories take you through the entire 20th century—as told by those who lived on its front lines.
We know you’re probably pressed for time, so here’s a list to consider—the films we feel you’ll learn the most from, and which will stay with you long after you’ve seen them. But do dig deeper by going into our regular film page it really is a treasure chest of 20th century European Jewish memory.
This 11 minute film takes us from Columbus’s journey in 1492 to the siege of Sarajevo in 1992, when Sephardic Jews helped save their city. This film isn’t just for Spanish speakers; it gives students and teachers a very different geographical perspective on the Holocaust—and leaves you with a powerful message about working together.Read more & watch
Our second most popular film. When war came to Bosnia in 1992 and Sarajevo was besieged, Jews and Muslims, Serbs, and Croats, all turned a synagogue into a humanitarian aid agency. So many students, in so many countries, were so inspired by this film we created a student diplomacy competition.Read more & watch
Leopold was acting in a play. He looked into the audience and saw Franzi. And that brought the curtain down for him.Read more & watch
In her 95-years, Katerina Loefflerova said the most important thing she learned was: don’t put off your vacations!Read more & watch
This powerful film opens with a young girl reading her diary, remembering what it was like to be sent on a train from Vienna to London. But what happened to her parents who stayed behind? Four actors will share with you Lilly Tauber’s story.Read more & watch
Another film festival favorite. Renee and Solon were sweethearts in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Then the Germans came. How both of them stayed alive—through Christians friends and complete strangers—is remarkable.Read more & watch
Leo Luster and his family were living in Vienna’s second district when Austria was subsumed into the Third Reich. Leo takes us with him on a journey through the Theresienstadt Ghetto, then Auschwitz, and to work camps. Afterwards, he found his mother still alive in Theresienstadt, and the two of them started life over again in Israel.Read more & watch
Dagmar Lieblova’s father was a well-respected doctor in their small town in the Czech Republic. They were deported to Theresienstadt; then Dagmar was sent to Auschwitz, a work camp near Hamburg, and was finally liberated from Bergen-Belsen. Afterwards, she became a historian and has been working tirelessly to preserve the memories of others who suffered as she did.Read more & watch
Teolia (Tosia) Silberring never left her beloved Krakow—except for the six years she lived in Nazi hell. Mrs Silberring remembers her neighborhood by door numbers, her school at this address, her synagogue over there, even the church she used to go to on Sundays with her governess. In 1939, a life of wealth and privilege turned into a life of hell and torment. This is her story.Read more & watch