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1997 Showtime Made-for-TV Movie set in the Warsaw Ghetto, starring Armin Mueller-Stahl as Adam Heller, a rabbi struggling to maintain his faith amidst the horrors of The Holocaust, and Charles Dance as Hauptsturmführer Richter.

It is a remake of the 1960 Playhouse 90 episode of the same name.

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  • As the Good Book Says...: The main character is a rabbi struggling with his faith, who frequently quotes the (Hebrew) Bible.
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  • The Atoner: Eventually, Lott.
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: Rabbi Heller and his traumatised, embittered son Paul.
  • Good Shepherd: Rabbi Heller is a Jewish example, fastidiously attentive to all his duties towards the community and attempting to keep everyone's spirits up as best he can. The strain of doing so begins to get to him, however.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The original trailer made out that the story was about a Forbidden Love between Lott and Rachel. It isn't.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Scharführer Lott is clearly troubled by the misery of the Ghetto's inhabitants and the physical abuse they endure at the hands of his fellow SS, but it's Hauptsturmführer Richter's rape of Rachel that really sets him on the way to a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Snow Means Death: The story is primarily set during the winter of 1942-43, leading naturally to this trope.
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