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July 23, 2015
Amazing. Simply amazing. I didnt know the history beyond WW2. Sadly it only got worse, but what an incredible story. So sad. Amazing documentary, amazing narration.
April 25, 2015
Morgan Freeman narrates this awesome doc
April 2, 2012
An incredible and extremely informative documentary about the three year period between the liberation of the Nazi death camps and the nearly impossible struggle to establish a home for the displaced Jewish people of Europe. Amazing.
January 12, 2011
Forgotten Years

My understanding is that, when Spike Lee found out his [i]4 Little Girls[/i] was up against this, he already considered the Best Documentary Feature Oscar lost. I mean, he was up against a Holocaust documentary, and the Holocaust always wins. (Clearly, [i]The Reader[/i] at least somewhat gives lie to this.) I might also make the argument that the Academy doesn't much like films which show American culpability in things, especially in things which are a clear breakdown of the democratic process. A documentary about how the Academy screwed over the blacklisted wouldn't even be considered for nomination, as I hope Spike Lee would agree. I would also agree with Spike Lee that the Academy is not as colourblind as they would like us to believe they are. I will not, however, make a value judgement about which film is better. It's been too long since I've seen his.

The year is 1945. The Nazis are defeated. The camps are liberated. Millions are dead and many more are dying in the remains of the concentration camp system. However, the Nazi genocide is not complete, and many Jews remain alive. Their families are dead. Their property is long gone, and few of their former neighbours are much inclined to give any of it back even were the survivors necessarily inclined to go back to retrieve it. The Axis wanted them dead; the Allies are none too thrilled about having to deal with the remains of the problem. All over Europe there are Displaced Person Camps. These are people with nowhere left to go. No country wants them. Their long-lost homeland is now British-ruled Palestine, and the British are disinclined to let Jews go there, either. Obviously, life for the Jews is vastly better than it was, but it still isn't good.

Here's where we get into the place where it's surprising that the film, even with its Holocaust theme, won the Oscar. The simple fact is, it shows that the Americans bear blame for what happened after the war. The film leaves what happened before alone, but things didn't just magically stop being bad for Jews after. A few dozen Jews were actually murdered in post-war Poland for the infamous Blood Libel, the claim that Jews murder unbaptized Christian infants to use their blood in illicit ceremonies, such as baking it into the Passover matzo. The American ambassador to Poland then basically said the Jews brought suffering on themselves. The British Prime Minister said the Jews were always coming whining to him about something when they went to ask that more than 1500 a month be permitted to emigrate to Palestine. There is the Polish liability for those murders, and there is the American and British liability for their failure to prevent them.

I do not say that fault is always two-sided, you see; those Jews were [i]not[/i] slaughtering Christian innocents to make the Passover matzo. However, the end of the film reaches the point where you see Jewish people starting the actions which will cause them continued problems even to this day. It has been a very long time indeed, since you were able to settle land on which no one yet lived, and even longer since you were able to settle such land so close to the Great Rift Valley. In the long years of the Diaspora, what is now Israel was not empty. People had made their homes there. There is land which has belonged to the same family for many centuries, and with the rise of the Jewish state, much of it was taken away and given to new owners. New owners who should have considered how it felt when their own property was thus taken from them.

History must be passed on. These tales of the years after Liberation must still be shared. Those who would tell the stories are dying, after all. I am also a firm believer in the power of just talking. I think that, if you could get Jewish children and Palestinian children to sit and tell one another their families' histories, each side might stand a chance at knowing that the fault is not all on one side. It gets harder as they get older; I know a Lebanese woman who refuses to see that Palestinians act in anything but self-defense to Israeli atrocities. No, talk does not stop everyone, and yes, there are many generations of hatred to be reconciled. However, there is a start to everything, and listening to the stories instead of blindly denying them is a good way to start.
December 30, 2010
'98 Oscar winner for Best Documentary. Chronicles the hardships faced by European Jews in post-WWII society.
August 10, 2010
An incredible and extremely informative documentary about the three year period between the liberation of the Nazi death camps and the nearly impossible struggle to establish a home for the displaced Jewish people of Europe. Amazing.
March 23, 2010
An excellent documentary with a fresh (by which I guess I mean "first-hand" in this instance) perspective on the situation ... upsetting through most of it, but absolutely worth watching. It's one of those subjects that can -- and SHOULD -- continue being addressed, because it should continue being an educationa; topic. If it ever drops out, we're essentially asking for it to be repeated -- whether towards Jews, or ANY other minority, so I believe that education is the bestr preventative cause for it.
July 9, 2009
This documentary is very moving and it handles a tough and sensitive subject very well. It's always interesting and has a lot of fascinating footage. Well edited.
July 15, 2008
Impressionante o perĂ­odo de 1945 a 1948 para os Judeus da Europa
January 27, 2008
The truth about how the world (especially the British) abandoned the Jewish survivors scattered throughout Europe AFTER the Holocaust. The Long Way Home... is to the new State of Israel in the Jewish homeland of thousands of years.

Two revelations in this Morgan Freeman narrated film: President Harry Truman was an amazing human being, to have such a stiff backbone, and moral courage, to challenge powerful jew-haters throughout the US Government, and that France and the Soviet Union played a positive role in helping Israel obtain statehood through the UN's partition plan of 1948.
October 19, 2007
An Oscar-winning documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman, The Long Way Home tells the harrowing and inspiring story of the Jewish Holocaust survivors' post-war efforts to form the State of Israel.
½ October 4, 2007
Most exiciting movie.
½ August 12, 2007
Always liked this movie when i was younger!
August 11, 2007
Turns out the Holocaust is depressing. The documentary was good, I just not big on things that are sad
July 9, 2007
Everyone should watch this movie at least once!
½ July 4, 2007
Great performance, a must see
April 9, 2007
This is a story after jewish people was liberated from the Nazi concentration in the final weeks of World War II,extreme depravation,violence, painful memories,it seems never ending struggle & long way home for the jewsih people to recover.
December 12, 2006
I wonder what this is about, i think ill see it!
½ December 10, 2006
Quite a poor movie to say the least..... Certainly not worth the time to watch it.
December 10, 2006
i think i have this movie
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