European and Modern World History


Denmark --- World Wars --- Art

Celebrating the Green (The History of St. Patrick's Day)

無字幕,英文發音 (50 min.)

200/N469/w052189v DVDe

St. Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes from Ireland. Once a pagan himself, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures.

The modern secular holiday is based on the original Christian saint's feast day also thought to be the date of the saint's death. In 1737, Irish immigrants to the United States began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City in 1766.

Today, the tradition continues with people from all walks and heritages by wearing green, eating Irish food, and attending parades. St. Patrick's Day is bursting with folklore; from the shamrock to the leprechaun and to pinching those that are not wearing green.


Babette’s feast (Gabriel axel)

(color, 103 min) (MGM Home Entertainment Inc., 2001)

890 A969 DVDe W051320V   

(ISBN: 0-7928-4839-X)

One the desolate coast of Denmark live Martina and Philippa, the beautiful daughters of a devout clergyman who preaches salvation through self-denial. Both girls sacrifice youthful passion to faith and duty, and even many years after their father’s death, they keep his austere teaching alive among the townspeople. But with the arrival of Babette, a mysterious refugee from France’s civil war, life for the sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Soon, Babette has convinced them to try something truly outrageous—a gourmet French meal! Her feast, of course, scandalizes the local elders. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure?



EVR/709/021M01       V0015337

Much Bolder than reading a history book, this incredible series relives the adventures that impacted an age with awesome films and absorbing narration.

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World Wars

Copenhagen (by Howard Davies)

(color, 117min) (MMIII Image Entertainment, Inc, 2002)

791.43 D261 DVDe W051470V

Copenhagen is about Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, two of the great scientific minds of the 20th Century, trying to make sense of a meeting they had in September 1941, while World War II raged around them. (source:

Michael Frayns Tony Award-winning drama COPENHAGEN stars Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, End of the Affair), Daniel Craing (Road of Persition, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and Francesca Annis (Reckless, Wives and Daughters). Recent Tony nominee Howard Davies (Private Lives) adapts and directs Frayens original play.

Inspired by actual events that have intrigued and baffled historians for more than 50years, COPENHAGEN revolves around a 1941 meeting between two brilliant physicist, Niels Bohr of Denmark (Stephen Rea) and Germanys Werner Heisenberg (Daniel Craig), longtime friends whose work together opened the way to the atomic bomb, but who are now on opposite sides of World War II. Heisenberg makes a covert trip at great risk to see Bohr and his wife Margrethe (Francesca Annis) in Copenhagen, but the meeting ends in disaster. Why did Heisenberg go to Denmark, and what did the two men stay to each other? What happened during this pivotal meeting that was a defining moment of the modern nuclear age?

World War I (1) - Seeds of   war; The war begins; The Western Front 

World War I (2) - Spreading war; America enters the war 

World War I(3) - Germany and the Eastern front;  The loss of innocence    

Worls War I(4) - Other campaigns; A change in war    

World War I (5) - War ends; A precarious peace



(1) Seed Of War: Hopes for a new century of peace and progress begin to unravel with the assassination of Austria's Archduke Ferdinand in Sarjevo. The War Begins: The German army sweeps across Belgium. The Western Front: The war sinks into a bloody stalemate.

(2) Spreading War: When the War began, England claimed supremacy on the seas. Anxious to assert its own naval power, Germany engages the British in the only great sea battle. America Enters The War: As Europe plunges into war, Americas are anxious to remain neutral.

(3) Germany And The Eastern Front: Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm declares war on Russia. By August of 1914, 17 million men of eight nations are at war. Though the Russian fight bravely. The Loss of Innocence: Isolations at the beginning of the war, Americans slowly take sides in the spreading European conflict.

(4) Other Campaigns: On the southern front, Italy goes to war against Austria, waging a costly campaign in the frozen Alps. A Change In War: The era of modern warfare is unleashed as airplanes become a military weapon.

(5) War Ends: The U.S. enters the trenches and tastes victory in their first campaign. But it is only a prelude to a bloody confrontation in the Argonne Forest. A Precarious Peace: With the war over, Allied leaders begin carving up the map of Europe. The treaty of Versailles formally ends the conflict.

First World War and Expressionism


This is taped from what looks like a lecture on campus. Poor quality, visually boring, content-wise it's dulling. I don't recommend this at all, although the title is certainly promising! (Dr. Marguerite Connor)
History of the World : Part I

(Color, 92 mins, 1981)

Feature Film!

940 B873  1981

"Hearty laughs-- the cast seems to have had a ball."--Variety

Many of the film's actors are alumni from previous Mel Brooks features: Dom DeLuise and Madeline Kabn have appeared in three films, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Ron Carey have appeared in two,; and Sid Caesar has appeared in one earlier film.

Mel brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild-send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire (Brooks reigns as King Louis XCI) and the Spanish Inquisition (a splashy song-and-dance number with monks and swimming nuns.) It's Mel and company at their hilarious best.

War and Civilization - Blood and Iron

900 D611i VRe  

About war and industrial revolution.
Bach In Auschwitz (1999)

070.1 D123 Ve  

Forty women escaped extermination at Poland's most notorious death camp by playing in a bizarre orchestra that entertained the Nazis and calmed prisoners on their way to the crematoriums. Eleven surviving players are interviewed in this compelling 102-minute  documentary that inspired the Emmy-winning television drama Playing for Time, starring Vanessa Redgrave. There is French vocalist,  Violette, who describes the privileges of being an orchestra member: larger portions of bread, daily showers versus monthly-- and the possibility of avoiding execution. Or there's Greek Yvette, relocated to the United States, who saw her own parents marched to the ovens as she played piano. Some of the women choose to focus on the music, others on their personal accounts of atrocity. Director  Michel Daeron takes care to show each in their current homes and environments, supplementing with old photos. Most devastating are  the film's final 22 minutes in which former orchestra members Helena and Zocha walk the fields of the camp, passing the still-standing buildings and finding the ruins of their old barracks. It is there, in the place where it happened, that the women's tales of  powerlessness--of playing music while children were taken from their mothers' arms and sent to certain death--are most resonant.  -- Amazon
The Holocaust in memory of millions



From the halls of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, veteran journalist Walter Cronkite chronicles the entire story of the Holocaust - from the rise of the Nazi party and their plan to exterminate the Jewish people, to tales of incredible bravery among Holocaust survivors and those who liberated the concentration camps. This documentary combines original footage and personal photographs with oral histories by those who survived. In addition, Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivors, recounts his experiences and the significance of this living memorial
Nazis : The Occult Conpiracy

DVD 743.257 2497

一次世界大戰後, 特勒企圖在廢墟中建立起邪惡的世界新秩序, 由最優秀的亞利安超人領導, 散佈前所未有的恐佈統治, 納粹德國扭曲神話來遂行其政治目標, 造成史上空前的大災禍, 預言會持續一千年的德意志第三帝國, 最後只維持了十二年. Discovery Channel將帶領您進入由玄學者. 殺人狂與瘋人統治世界的懾人旅程. 希特勒因相信劣等人種正污染著亞利安純正血統而發動邪惡遠征, 他的親信副元首黑斯. 宣傳部長戈博斯. 精衛隊兼死亡集中營首領希姆萊等, 皆具備深遠的玄學淵源, 並以納粹信條制約德意志人民以逞征服世界的野心. 本片詳實記錄歐陸史上最大的種族迫害行動, 直至1945年四月間希特勒因戰敗而自殺, 才粉碎其瘋狂殘暴之統治美夢.
The NAZI Officer ’s Wife ( Liz Garbus)

(color, 100 min) (A&E Television Networks, 2003)

791.43 G212t DVDe W051476V


The Nazi officer's wife discovered the Holocaust from forbidden BBC broadcasts and so learned the fate of family and friends. In 1938, Edith Hahn was a Viennese law student, a “Christmas-tree Jew” with a gentile boyfriend. In 1942, she was living under an assumed name in Munich, married to Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who was later drafted into the Wehrmacht. Based on Hahn’s acclaimed memoir, THE NAZI OFFICER’S WIFE is the riveting account of how she survived the Holocaust by posing as an Aryan hausfrau. Despite the risks, she kept painstaking records, including real and falsified documents, and photos of labor camps. These moving artifacts, along with testimony from Hahn and her daughter, bring this tale of survival, resilience, and redemption to life.
Last of Czars - Death of the Dynasty  末代沙皇

DVD 748.278 5023

一次世界大戰末期, 俄國沙皇尼古拉二世指揮大軍與德國殘酷對戰, 始終難分軒輊, 這場戰爭耗竭了俄國的人力. 資源與士氣, 俄軍傷亡高達數百萬人, 因長年戰禍與內亂, 俄國王朝在之後的共產革命動亂中慘遭根. Discovery Channel將帶領您去了解: 俄國末代沙皇尼古拉二世在共黨政治崛起之際, 被俎獵殺的悲慘下場

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Degenerate Art

070.1 G921 Ve

Narrated by David McCullough, this program examines the infamous Entartete Kunst (degenerate art) exhibition mounted by the Nazis in  Munich in 1937 and their far-reaching attacks on avant-garde art in Germany. Witness compelling footage of Nazi book burnings, and of     the exhibition itself. Includes interviews with historians, art critics, and eyewitnesses to the events that dramatize this powerful story of the  Nazis' assault on modern culture.
The Architecture of Doom (1991) Color, Black & White

070.1 C678 DVDe

Features never-before-seen film footage of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Featuring never-before seen film footage of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime, The Architecture of Doom captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture.

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