Long Way Home

Long Way Home

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris

Cast: Mark Jonathan Harris, Morgan Freeman, Ed Asner, Sean Astin

     
 

The struggles of European Jews during WWII have been well documented, but this film (produced with the cooperation of the Simon Weisenthal Center) makes it clear that the ordeal of those who suffered during the Holocaust did not end with the liberation of Europe. The Long Way Home uses interviews with Holocaust survivors, newsreel footage, and readings ofSee more details below

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The struggles of European Jews during WWII have been well documented, but this film (produced with the cooperation of the Simon Weisenthal Center) makes it clear that the ordeal of those who suffered during the Holocaust did not end with the liberation of Europe. The Long Way Home uses interviews with Holocaust survivors, newsreel footage, and readings of letters, journals, and news reports, to tell the story of the hardships faced by those freed from concentration camps in 1945. Often riddled with disease, suffering from malnutrition, and remorseful over having survived while their loved ones perished, many survivors soon discovered that they no longer had homes to return to, and many European nations, struggling with their own post-war poverty, would not accept the refugees. Some found themselves in Displaced Persons camps, which were often only marginally better than the camps from which they had been freed, while others attempted to flee to Palestine, over the objections of the British government, who then held the territory as a colony. The establishment of the Zionist state of Israel was widely seen as the best solution to bring dignity, self-determination, and a homeland back to the refugees, but the notion was widely opposed at first, particularly by the British government. The Long Way Home is narrated by Morgan Freeman. Martin Landau, Edward Asner, Helen Slater, David Paymer, and Michael York contribute readings to the soundtrack.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
This powerful, Academy Award-winning documentary by director Mark Jonathan Harris illuminates the paradox of Jewish "liberation" after World War II. Rare archival footage provides vivid evidence of the prolonged plight of more than 200,000 Jews who survived Hitler's death camps only to languish in displaced persons camps (DPs) for another three to six years. Harris's inclusion of shocking quotes from historical figures such as General George Patton, combined with eerily familiar newsreel footage of a post-war Polish pogrom, make it clear that anti-Semitism did not end with the Third Reich. Disturbing images show Jewish DPs bunked on shelves, often in the very camps from which they had been liberated and often clothed in the same striped uniform of their internment. Drawing on period letters, diaries, and documents, this tale of the Jewish DPs' journey to safe haven in Palestine is poignantly rendered in voice-over by Morgan Freeman, Ed Asner, Martin Laundau, and Michael York. The Long Way Home is a testimony to the remarkable determination that brought the Jewish people through the darkest of nights to a triumphant dawn in their own nation of Israel.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
UPC:
0741952300496
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Photo Gallery; Filmmaker's Bios; Chapter-to-chapter control

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Long Way Home
1. Opening Credits [2:10]
2. Spring 1945 [6:51]
3. What Lies Ahead [2:10]
4. Victory in Europe [2:32]
5. Displaced Persons [5:39]
6. Nowhere to Return [4:48]
7. Rabbi Abraham Klausner [2:44]
8. The Jewish Brigade [1:22]
9. The Children First [1:58]
10. The New British Government [5:47]
11. Yom Kippur 1945 [2:40]
12. Jews Unite [1:51]
13. The Bricha [3:43]
14. Guilt and Punishment [2:08]
15. Planning for the Future [3:00]
16. One Family [2:38]
17. The Anglo-American Committee [3:14]
18. The Route to Palestine [3:50]
19. The Refugee Ships [4:18]
20. Communism [3:04]
21. The Resistance Responds [2:55]
22. The Kielce Pogrom [2:51]
23. Keep the Borders Open [4:18]
24. Cyprus [1:52]
25. Recreating a Family [3:59]
26. Mixed Reception [2:15]
27. Early 1947 [2:07]
28. The United Nations [3:27]
29. The Exodus [5:11]
30. The UNESCO Report [3:40]
31. U.N. Resolution [3:45]
32. American Policy [3:35]
33. May 14 [3:09]
34. The Exile is Over [4:42]
35. Closing Credits [5:15]

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