The complete epic documentary series examining the origins and development of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany's attempt to destroy the European Jewish population.
The Liberation of Auschwitz (1986) Etched deeply into the pages of history, Auschwitz conjures up images of death, torture and unimaginable human suffering. At the time of release only 18 minutes of the footage contained within this film had been seen in the west; despite it being used as damning prosecution evidence at the Nuremburg Trials. Recorded from January to February 1945 by a Soviet film crew attached to the 1st Ukrainian Front, the programme tells the story of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp. Dachau and Sachsenhausen (2005) Whilst Hitler sought the answers to his 'Jewish problem', more and more centres of containment sprung up throughout Nazi occupied Europe. Two such camps were Dachau and Sachsenhausen, and although perhaps not such recognisable names as Auschwitz, they were no less crucial in the persecution and extermination of the European Jews. Ghetto Theresienstadt (2006) Between 1941 and 1945 the small fortress town of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia became a transit point to the death camps in the east for thousands of Czech, German, Austrian and Dutch Jews. All those deported to Theresienstadt were led to believe it was an 'end camp' from which they would travel no further. They were promised a comfortable and peaceful life in the 'Reich home for the aged' and were hoodwinked into signing over to the S.S. all of their properties and assets. The Yellow Star: The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-1945 (1981) This Oscar nominated documentary serves not only as a remembrance but a lesson and a warning for the future. It follows the plight of Europe's Jews during the terrifying period from 1933 until the final defeat of the Third Reich in 1945. Never before had the world seen such contempt for human life on such a grand scale with the murder of an estimated 6 million Jews with countless others persecuted. Ravensbruck and Buchenwald (2006) Ravensbruck: Women from more than 20 countries were incarcerated between 1939 and 1945 in the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany. They were subjected to gross maltreatment, humiliation and some were tortured to death all in the name of the Third Reich. Buchenwald: After being established in the German town of Weimar in the summer of 1937, Buchenwald developed into one of the largest concentration camps in Germany, with approximately 250,000 inmates from some 35 different countries. More than 50,000 were to die during the reign of terror by torture, deliberate starvation and systematic culling. Majdanek (1986) This rare and stark documentary graphically portrays the methodical murder, starvation and torture of an estimated 2 million innocent victims and demonstrates the frightening efficiency of the German death camp. Also captured here on film are rare scenes from a Russian post-war tribunal, where survivors are seen giving evidence against captured SS officers and camp officials, this evidence was often to result in the conviction and execution of those standing accused.