Out of the Ashes

Network Premier: April 13, 2003
Out of the Ashes


It is 1946. Some of the last remaining World War II refugees are making their way to Manhattan aboard ships bound for America and freedom. For Dr. Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), once a renowned gynecologist from Sighet, Hungary, the flight to freedom is haunted by an unforgettable past that has consumed her and leaves her struggling with her identity. As Gisella arrives in New York, she is greeted by a distant niece (Zoie Palmer), and then welcomed by a surrogate family who help her reclaim the ashes of her shattered life. She has but one goal: to resume practicing medicine.

Dove Review

The Holocaust was terror beyond words, but when you hear the horrifying tale straight from the lips of someone who was there, your heart breaks. “Out of the Ashes” is the true story of Dr. Gisella Perl, who assisted a Nazi doctor in a concentration camp to save her life. After the war was over, Dr. Perl came to the United States looking for citizenship. She had to pass through a review board in order to be considered for citizenship, and this board made her tell her horrible story. “Out of the Ashes” was a terrifying, yet touching story that made me feel more emotion than many other movies ever have. It takes you through her struggles with her environment, the people around her, and most of all, herself. This is a magnificent story that everyone should see.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Since part of this story is set in concentration camps in Germany, there is quite a lot of implied killing and murdering, however, none to very little of it is shown.
Drugs: None
Nudity: In the concentration camps, the women are made to strip down naked and their naked bodies are shown.
Other: None


Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Director: Joseph Sargent
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: TV-14
Reviewer: Kadie Lukens