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"The death factory at Auschwitz was a closely guarded secret of the Third Reich – until two men, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, escaped to tell the world about the Nazi atrocities. Escape from Auschwitz reveals the story of their escape and explores the controversial decision by the head of the Hungarian underground not to make their report public."
Throughout the Holocaust, Jewish artists created work that vividly documented the horror of Hitler’s reign...In this program, artists who survived the camps discuss the risks they took in order to obtain simple materials—scraps of paper, pencils, and other basic supplies. They describe the inventive ways they found for hiding finished pieces from their Nazi captors. In an ironic twist, some tell how they were recruited to create Nazi propaganda art.
After the atrocities of World War II, the cry of conscience was "never again!" As this program demonstrates, that bitterly learned injunction went unheeded throughout much of the world. The chronicle of genocide continues with a look at Mao’s purges in China, Cambodia under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, the Arab/Israeli conflict, border wars in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and killing in Central America. (57 min)
In this powerful program narrated by William Hurt, Elie Wiesel shares his innermost beliefs as he talks about his commitment to Holocaust awareness, his ongoing fight against anti-Semitism, and his tireless efforts to help the weak. From his birthplace in the town of Sighet and back again via Auschwitz, postwar Paris, Jerusalem, and New York City, [he] talks about the things that matter most to him: family, Judaism, human rights, and, most of all, the duty to remember. (58 min)
Though they often work in the shadows, their efforts have affected the destinies of entire nations, in peacetime and war. This program focuses on dictators and spin doctors who shaped the perceptions of the masses in 20th-century Europe. Archival news film and footage and historical photos spotlight the propaganda of the Russian Revolution, World War II, the Gulf War, and the NATO attacks against Serbia, as well as the PR blitzes so much a part of today’s political scene. (29 min)
Showing Palestine under the British Protectorate and the arrival of Holocaust survivors in 1946, this program properly begins with David Ben-Gurion’s proclamation of the state of Israel, and proceeds through the tumultuous first 40 years of the oldest surviving nation and the newest democracy in the Middle East. Included in the program are the ’67 and ’73 wars, the invasion of Lebanon and the destruction of the Iraqi nuclear plant, the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Yad Vashem, life on a kibbutz
Despite centuries of suffering and displacement, the fabric of Jewish culture has never broken. This program examines the theme of survival and its connection to Jewish achievements. Viewers will encounter a wide range of topics, including the origins of Judaism, the world’s first major monotheistic religion; the flourishing of Jewish scholarship through Talmudic learning and Rabbinic Judaism; the golden age of Jewish creativity at the height of Islamic power; and the post-Holocaust continuity
Following "The Night of Broken Glass," the world reacted with horror…and did nothing. So began the Holocaust. Who could have foreseen, at that low ebb of Judaism, that just ten years later a Jewish state, Israel, would finally be born? It was a victory for Jews everywhere. But it also signaled the further marginalization of the Palestinian population. This emotionally charged, highly realistic program cinematically dramatizes the events surrounding two days that did much to define the fortunes
This program chronicles the global events that ultimately led to U.S. action in World War II. Discussion points include Hitler and the Nazi Party, fascism in Italy, and Communism under Stalin; British appeasement and American isolationism; blitzkrieg; the Lend-Lease Plan; and the Holocaust. The program ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—“a date which will live in infamy”—and America’s declaration of war. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studie
Sandwiched between the fictional countries of Northland and Southland lies Midrain Province. Drawing upon a hypothetical situation involving mounting tensions between the Southlanders and the Midrainians, this seminar, moderated by NYU Professor Arthur Miller and filmed on location at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explores the role of propaganda in situations where genocide is threatened and examines how the use of propaganda during the Holocaust era informs public reaction to its