BBC preps docs to mark Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day

The UK pubcaster has commissioned one-off specials A Story of Remembrance and Touched by Auschwitz, and has also committed to broadcast Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour film Shoah (pictured).
October 6, 2014

UK pubcaster the BBC is to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with a series of non-fiction events, timed to tie-in with International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2015.

BBC1′s A Story of Remembrance (1 x 30-minute), airing on January 27, sees three women – Auschwitz survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, children’s author Judith Kerr and Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner – discussing why the memory of one of the darkest moments in human history should never be forgotten.

Meanwhile, sister channel BBC2 will air Touched by Auschwitz (1 x 90-minute), which will see filmmaker Laurence Rees explore the legacy of the infamous camp; and Holocaust: Freddie Knoller’s War (1 x 60-minute), which tells the story of a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor.

BBC2 will also broadcast the UK Commemorative Event for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, which will see hundreds of Holocaust survivors gathering in central London at an event to remember and share their stories.

Elsewhere, BBC4 has acquired Claude Lanzmann‘s ground-breaking, nine-and-a-half hour-long documentary film Shoah (pictured above). The broadcast of the 1985 film, considered by many to be one of the most important documentaries ever made, will mark the first time it has been shown on UK television in more than 25 years, after Channel 4 first broadcast it in 1987.

In a statement, BBC director of television Danny Cohen said: “The liberation of the camps is a very significant anniversary which the BBC will mark with a range of thought-provoking programs. Alongside new documentaries and drama from acclaimed performers and producers, the BBC will re-show Shoah in full and provide coverage of the Holocaust Memorial Event.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, added: “We are delighted that the BBC will be ensuring that Holocaust Memorial Day is marked by the widest possible audience.

“On January 27 we honor the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and challenge ourselves to learn important lessons from their experiences in order to create a safer, better future.”

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