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Exclusive: National Geographic to celebrate Nazi defeat in one-off film

Walt Disney Company-owned broadcaster National Geographic is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with the greenlighting of The Day the Nazis Surrendered. Produced ...
January 17, 2020

Walt Disney Company-owned broadcaster National Geographic is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with the greenlighting of The Day the Nazis Surrendered.

Produced in-house, the tentatively titled hour-long special will provide a global and in-depth perspective of what the end of the war was like as told through the eyes of those who lived through the war.

The Day the Nazis Surrendered will offer rare celebratory footage, personal photos and treated archival footage to tell the story of May 8, 1945, when German Colonel-General Gustav Jodl signed a declaration of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies, thereby bringing Europe’s bitter fight to an end.

Featured in the film will be interviews and insight from Harry Stewart Jr., a 95-year-old surviving Tuskegee Airman pilot who escorted Allied bombers into German territory during the final push into Europe; 103-year-old Hans-Erdmann Schoenbeck, who fought for the Nazis at Stalingrad before aiding the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944; and 95-year-old Don Bertino, who fought in the Battle of the Buldge.

The documentary will serve as a companion piece to a June National Geographic magazine feature.

Chad Cohen serves as director and producer on the one-off special, with Christine Weber as executive producer and Bethany Jones as associate producer.

The Day the Nazis Surrendered will premiere this May and will broadcast globally in 172 countries and 43 languages.

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