The 81st Blow

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The 81st Blow
Directed by David Bergman
Jacques "Jacquo" Ehrlich
Haim Gouri
Produced by David Bergman
Jacques Ehrlich
Haim Gouri
Written by Haim Gouri
Edited by Jacques Ehrlich
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Israel
Language Yiddish

The 81st Blow (Hebrew: המכה ה-81‎ and also known as The Eighty-First Blow) is a 1974 Israeli documentary film directed by Haim Gouri. The film covers the oppression of Jews under the Nazis and features rare historical footage of concentration camps. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.[1] The title is derived from a comment by a witness at Adolf Eichmann's trial. According to his testimony, he was whipped 80 times by the Nazis, but was not believed by Israelis after the war; this final doubt of his own people was the "81st blow". The 81st Blow is the first film in the Israeli Holocaust Trilogy by Bergman, Ehrlich and Gouri.[2] It was followed by The Last Sea (1980) and Flames in the Ashes (1985).


  1. ^ "NY Times: The 81st Blow". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ Loshitzky, Yosefa; Identity politics on the Israeli screen. 2001: University of Texas Press.

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