MTV and CBS, both divisions of ViacomCBS Media Networks, have partnered with L.A.-based media company ATTN: for two primetime specials that highlight the importance of incorporating Holocaust remembrance into the contemporary American education system. Produced to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, both specials are hosted by Emmy winner Julianna Margulies.
Premiering on the Smithsonian Channel on January 26 and rolling out on MTV’s global channels beginning on January 27, The Hate We Can’t Forget: A Holocaust Memorial Special focuses on four Holocaust survivors who tell their stories to students from Texas high school districts that do not include the history of the genocide in their curriculums. The special is produced by ATTN: and MTV News, with James Blue, Jessica Zalkind and Tim Evans serving as executive producers for MTV Entertainment Studios.
Three of the survivors featured in The Hate We Can’t Forget — including Pieter Kohnstam, who was once babysat by Anne Frank — also appear in Undeniable: The Truth to Remember, which premieres on CBS on January 29 and will be available on demand and to stream on Paramount+. The CBS special also includes an exclusive feature on 97-year-old survivor and newly minted TikTok star Lily Ebert, whose videos that feature her discussing her experiences in Auschwitz with her great-grandson Dov Forman have racked up hundreds of millions of views.
Undeniable is produced by ATTN: and See It Now Studios, with Susan Zirinsky and Terry Wrong serving as executive producers and Aysu Salibaas supervising producer for See It Now and CBS. Both Undeniable and The Hate We Can’t Forget are executive produced for ATTN: by Matthew Segal, John Lindsay Green, Tom Werner, Jessie Surovell, Taye Shuayb, Jarrett Moreno and Mike Vainisi.
“As we recently witnessed [with] the harrowing hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue, violence against the Jewish community is reaching record highs,” said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Media Networks and MTV Entertainment, in a release. “This is why it is imperative for us to learn from the horrors of the Holocaust, use our platforms to showcase the stories of survival and lock arms with those bravely fighting antisemitism and hatred in all of its forms.”