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BBC preps doc about Holocaust denial from David Baddiel

UK pubcaster the BBC is preparing an hour-long doc about the history and resurgence of Holocaust denial. Holocaust Denial: A History with David Baddiel (w/t) will see comedian, novelist and television ...
July 8, 2019

UK pubcaster the BBC is preparing an hour-long doc about the history and resurgence of Holocaust denial.

Holocaust Denial: A History with David Baddiel (w/t) will see comedian, novelist and television presenter Baddiel (pictured) talking to academics and historians about how one of the most well-documented atrocities of the 20th century came to be disputed and why people are still denying the Holocaust today.

The film will tackle questions of growing antisemitism and whether some forms of Holocaust denial have earned wider respectability over time, expanding beyond questions dating back to World War II to shed light on the politics of the 21st century and concepts of truth in a “post-truth” world.

“I’ve always had a dark fascination with Holocaust denial. The fact that since it happened (indeed whilst it was happening) forces have tried to undermine one of the most well-documented truths of history seems to me a key battleground in the fight between truth and lies, a battle made more complex by the emergence of new technology, a post-truth world and more insidious, ‘soft core’ forms of denial,” said Baddiel in a statement.

“As the last survivors, including those in my own family, begin to pass away, and with them, living memory of The Holocaust, I’m grateful to the BBC for allowing me to explore this complex subject, in all its difficulty and darkness.”

Holocaust Denial is produced for BBC2 by Wall to Wall Media, a Warner Bros. Television Production UK company. Emily Shields serves as executive producer for Wall to Wall. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller at BBC2, and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual. The commissioning editor is Abigail Priddle.

Said Priddle: “There could not be a more important and pressing subject for us to tackle through the religion and ethics slate. David Baddiel’s intelligence and integrity make him the perfect person to author this film and underlines our commitment to our audience to tackle the most challenging and complex subjects.”

A release date has not yet been set for Holocaust Denial.

(Photo courtesy of BBC)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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