Discovery Communications is commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day with the hour-long special One Day in Auschwitz, in which a survivor returns to the concentration camp to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.
Set to air on January 25, the special – produced in association with the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation – will center on the story of Polish-English Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon who was 16 years old when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau with her mother and managed to survive for two years until liberation. At 89, Hart-Moxon will return to the site with two young students to share her experience.
The special is to premiere internationally on Discovery Channel in more than 220 countries, and will air in the U.S. on both Discovery Channel and American Heroes Channel (AHC). The special will be accompanied by the broadcast of Steven Spielberg’s drama Schindler’s List, which will air on Discovery Channel in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Africa as well as on AHC in the U.S.
In addition, the company’s Discovery Education division has partnered with the Shoah Foundation on a number of initiatives, including an online educational platform for Discovery Education’s digital services, as well as a professional development program for international educators.
“One Day in Auschwitz shares a first-hand account of an important historical lesson, which is critical for us to preserve for future generations, as we lose more survivors and witnesses with each passing day,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, in a statement.
“We are honored to share Kitty’s story of inspiration, courage and hope, and proud to work with Steven Spielberg and his USC Shoah Foundation to broadcast these films to our global audience,” the exec added.
Steven D. Smith is exec producing for the Shoah Foundation, while Leslie Wilson is producing and Steve Purcell is directing. Executive producers for Discovery Communications are Elizabeth McIntyre, VP of development and production for Discovery Networks International; Sara Kozak, senior VP of production for American Heroes Channel; and Ron Simon, exec producer for American Heroes Channel.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27.