Conclusion: An interesting, untold story of the Holocaust, No Place on Earth recalls the harrowing eighteen months the Stermer family spent underground in a Ukrainian cave to escape the Nazi regime. NYPD officer Chris Nicola discovered in 1993 artifacts suggesting someone lived in the cave for an extended period of time, and he spent 10 years tracking down descendants of the family that did. The film features engaging interviews and respectful re-enactments of the drama. .
Excerpt: Wearing the worn conventions of yesteryear's television-grade documentaries, No Place on Earth is a remarkable story made almost unremarkable in the hands of lazy filmmaking. The doc opens with the discovery of a cave containing some not-so-ancient artifacts by talking head Chris Nicola, an American cave explorer who stumbled upon the objects while spelunking in Ukraine.
Excerpt: Survival, Endurance, Adversity, and Courage took on new meaning for me after No Place on Earth. They say that you can never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes and experienced their life. Well, I haven’t walked that mile, but the documentary did give me a first-hand account of the 511 days the Stermer family spent underground during the Holocaust.
Excerpt: With so many decades devoted to studying the Holocaust, it’s almost hard to imagine there are stories left to relate. But historians keep making discoveries, as demonstrated by the recent revelation that the Nazis’ network of concentration camps and work sites was far more extensive than previously thought, and there are as many harrowing tales of survival as there are survivors to tell them. First, though, someone has to ask.