Published On: Wed, May 27th, 2015

Does a New Czech Reality Show Make Light of the Holocaust?

"Holiday in the Protectorate" is set during the German occupation of that country during World War II.


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There is increasing criticism of a reality show airing on public broadcaster Czech Television that purports to recreate life under the Nazis in a mountainous region in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from 1939 to 1945.

“Holiday in the Protectorate, ” which runs over eight episodes until June 13, takes ordinary Czech folk and asks them to play the part of a three-generation family living in a farm during the Nazi occupation. The family, which will receive 1 million Czech Koruna ($40, 000) for their two-month “holiday, ” have to contend with such challenges as intimidation from Nazi soldiers, interrogation by the Gestapo, fear of informers and blackmailers…

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By Leo Barraclough

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