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The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm (2018)

A conversation between a boy and his great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, is woven with historical footage and animation to tell a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe,... See full summary »

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Amy Schatz

Writer:

David A. Adler (inspired by the book: "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm")
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Jack Feldman Jack Feldman ... Himself
Elliott Saiontz Elliott Saiontz ... Himself
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A conversation between a boy and his great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, is woven with historical footage and animation to tell a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, sharing lessons from the Holocaust with a new generation. Written by HBO

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El número del brazo de mi bisabuelo See more »

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HBO Home Entertainment See more »
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Elliott Saiontz: This is the story of Srulik Feldman, my great-grandfather. He was put in Nazi death camps during World War II. This is a closeup of his number from Auschwitz; A17606. That was his number and he told us back then your number was your name; that was all he was to them.
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Charming, But Much Too Simplistic
1 February 2018 | by neener3707See all my reviews

Well it was a charming little short film about a Holocaust survivor telling a simplistic version of a his story. I understand this was made for children, but World War 2 is so much more of an immensely complicated subject to just describe 19 minutes. Leaving the film putting a over-simplified stamp on this film saying Hitler wanted to kill Jews and nothing more, nothing about the surrounding geopolitics involved. And since the people narrating area 10 year old child and victims of WW2, I feel like we get their opinion on what happened and not a scholars objective explanation.

But as I said, this was made for children, so obviously it will be simplistic. No history buff should come here looking for detailed analysis of World War 2, what they will enjoy a quaint little story told from the perspective of a young boy and a charismatic old man. Children this young can't fully grasp the immensely complicated issue of the deadliest war in human history, its normally something reserved for middle school or high school. Personally I wouldn't have my children watch this because I wouldn't want them to think such an immense issue was so simple, but it is always great to see kids interested in history, so I applaud the children involved in this.

I'd say I would recommend it, not if your looking for something detailed though.


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