BBC head Danny Cohen highlights documentaries and programming to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27th. BBC1 and BBC2 will have a screening of “Shoah” Claude Lanzmann’s 10 hour documentary from 1985. The BBC will also feature “The Eichmann Show” starring Martin Freeman of “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Hobbit” as Milton Fruchtman who worked to televise the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. The original trial was described as “the trial of the century” as Eichmann was captured in Buenos Aires and was put on trial in Israel. The historic trial was monumental in that it involved testimony from Holocaust survivors and exposed the horrors of Nazi atrocities to the world.
Other actors appearing in “The Eichmann Show” are Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia who will play TV director Leo Hurwitz. The film will have 5 companion pieces on BBC2’s The Learning Zone as well as “Children of the Holocaust” an animation for younger viewers based on eyewitness accounts. The series will be marked by a gathering of survivors and political and religious figures with speeches dedicated to the theme of “keeping the memory alive.”
BBC1 will broadcast “A Story of Remembrance” in which three women will discuss the effect of the Holocaust on their lives, “Big Questions” a discussion on the legacy of the Holocaust, and “Touched by Auschwitz, ” a documentary on the lives of 6 Auschwitz survivors. BBC2 will show “Freddie Knoller’s War, ” recounting the experience during the Holocaust and the aftermath of a survivor aged 93.