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ZDF, TVP set September premiere for “World War II”

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.
August 27, 2014

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.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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