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Out of the Ashes (2003)





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This powerful, politically charged cable TV movie was based on the memoirs of Hungarian gynecologist and Holocaust survivor Gisella Perl. Having spent the WWII years in charge of the woman's infirmary at Auschwitz, Perl (played by Christine Lahti) hopes to leave her living nightmare behind when the Allies liberate Europe. But when she applies for American citizenship in 1946, she is hauled into military court to explain the extent to which she "collaborated" with the Nazis during the war. The U.S. officials are especially disturbed by the number of illegal abortions Perl performed at Auschwitz without her superiors' knowledge. But as Perl struggles to explain to her relentless interrogators (the explanation taking the form of extended flashbacks), she terminated the lives of the unborn to save thousands of pregnant women from the Nazi gas chambers. Filmed on location in Canada, the U.K., and Lithuania, Out of the Ashes made its Showtime network debut on April 13, 2003.


Christine Lahti
as Gisella Perl
Beau Bridges
as Herman Prentiss
Richard Crenna
as Jake Smith
Bruce Davison
as Peter Schuman
Jonathan Cake
as Dr. Mengele
Jolyon Baker
as Frederick Krauss
Jessica Beitchman
as Marta Weiss
Oliver Cotton
as Moshe Perl
Michelle Fine
as Fanny Perl
Maria Ricossa
as Esther Jacob
Emma Wellbelove
as Young Gisella
Nina Young
as Irma Griese
Vytautas Rumsas
as David Perl
Inga Tuminiene
as Cilia Perl
Inga Maskarina
as Helen Perl
Nola Augustson
as Sarah Goldstein
Alan Jordan
as Isaac Goldstein
Judah Katz
as Dr. Jonas Ruben
Monika Biciunaite
as Dr. Ruth Stern
as Katya Weiss
Getter Kosolov
as Young Cilla Perl
Aurelija Pasmuntaite
as Young Rose Perl
Daiva Stubraite
as Mrs. Junger
Joonas Suokko
as Young David Perl
Elena Stonciute
as Young Helen Perl
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This was a very powerful and touching movie. The Casting was spot on and the film just drew me in like I was there. This is one of the best memiors I have ever watched and it keeps you wanting more.

Evan O'Connell
Evan O'Connell

This is a stunning film about a doctor who attempts to emigrate to the USA following her horrific years in the Auschwitz concentration camp where she served aside the villianous Dr. Megele. When she is released and lands on American soil she is able to pass her medical boards with ease, but the Immigration Board gives her huge hassles regarding her U.S. citizenship based on erroneous information that she had been complicit in some of Megle's evil and sadistic experiments on Jewish prisoners at the Auschwitz camp. I found Ms. Lahti absolutely breathtaking in this role. I was (on the other hand) a bit disappointed with the casting of Beau Bridges and Richard Crenna as two of the three "immigration review board" members. These were quite minor roles, and it seemed somewhat of a waste of talent to cast them in these parts. This aside, the film was moving, engaging and enjoyable.

William Kuhlman
William Kuhlman

i really thought this movie was wonderful it explained alot about how it was in the camps and how it hurt so many people,

Heather Andree
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