German pubcaster ZDF and Polish broadcaster TVP1 have set parallel airings for a two-part documentary covering the outbreak of the Second World War, to air September 2 and 9.
Titled World War II, the 2 x 45-minute production will mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the war, and focus on events leading up to the September of 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. The film – produced by ZDF, TVP1 and distributor ZDF Enterprises – consults historians such as Richard Overy, Paweł Machcewicz and Jochen Böhler, and concentrates on the fates of victims and perpetrators in the forefront.
Among those interviewed for the documentary, director Roman Polanski describes his experience as a child in occupied Poland from 1940 to 1943, when he lived in the Jewish ghetto of Kraków. Such recollections are illustrated in the doc through footage of amateur films, dramatic reconstructions, documentary recordings and photos.
The doc will debut on both ZDF and TVP1, with the first part exploring the acts of war committed around September 1, 1939, and airing on September 2, and the latter – focusing on the victimized Polish population – broadcast on September 9.
ZDF Enterprises is overseeing international distribution for World War II.