The Lost Children of Berlin




In April 1942, the Gestapo shut down the last Jewish school in war-torn Berlin. In April 1996, fifty of its former students traveled from around the globe to the recently re-opened school—many unaware of their classmates who survived the European Holocaust.

This unprecedented reunion of the Grosse Hamburger Strasse School weaves together the social and political events of the 1930s and 1940s, detailing the Jewish life of pre-war Berlin, the implementation of anti-Semitic policy, and Jewish survival despite Kristallnacht and Hitler’s Final Solution.

The Lost Children of Berlin, directed by Elizabeth McIntyre and narrated by Anthony Hopkins, is presented by Steven Spielberg in association with the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), the project Spielberg instituted after filming Schindler's List. In its time-sensitive mission to record the testimony of Holocaust survivors around the world, the Foundation captured over 52,000 testimonies during its original inception, testimonies that will continue to bear witness for generations so we will never forget the atrocities of the Shoah.

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