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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
Joonas Suokko
as Young David Perl
Daiva Stubraite
as Mrs. Junger
Elena Stonciute
as Young Helen Perl
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Critic Reviews for Out of the Ashes

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Because it's a Joseph Sargent film, Out of the Ashes can be counted on to be painstaking, sober, and still civil even when it's furious.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Out of the Ashes


This was one of those movies that had me thinking all night after I watched it. The first 20 minutes were slow but as they delved into Dr. Perl's past, it became heartbreaking to witness what this Jewish doctor had to do to survive the Holocaust. Seeing the pregnant women getting gassed and experimented on by nazi Dr. Menegle made me understand why she performed all those illegal abortions while in Auschwitz.

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