- Network: BBC-2
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2005
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Mar 20, 2016This show is still better than Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue so this still makes WW2 a tragic event but even worse knowing that BarbieThis show is still better than Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue so this still makes WW2 a tragic event but even worse knowing that Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue may of been prevented if the Nazis won. Haven't actually watched the show but I know my fair share of WW2 history so I feel I'm qualified to leave a review and solely for the opportunity to have this shown on my profile of User Reviews along with a Barbie game and a My Little Pony mobile game. You know the Holy Trio...
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PPS- Hopes this is found by one of the GameGrumps' people… Expand
May 21, 2016I was mistaken in that this was actually a show of some kind, but in fact it is a documentary. Why it says Season 1 i do not quite understandI was mistaken in that this was actually a show of some kind, but in fact it is a documentary. Why it says Season 1 i do not quite understand for it somehow suggests that there will be a season 2, but I am sure there will never be a sequel as the documentary finishes in the here and now.
This documentary has as subject one of the most gruesome and sensitive events in history: the planned mass murder of anyone that the nazi-regime deemed unworthy to exist in their new world and the central role taken by Auschwitz in that process.
The BBC is very good in keeping a somewhat aloof style that tells the events and thus impress all the more. The events themselves are so beyond belief that one thinks one is watching the deranged fetish fantasies of a sadistic psychopath of the likes you see in a movie as Saw. Alas it happens to be historic.
I say beyond belief as it is hard to get to your mind wrapped around what happened and one sometimes entertains the idea that it might not be true, because how could such horribleness be true? Killing small children by the thousands! It is of course a mood that the holocaust deniers use to their advantage. And, given another year or two the killings might even have been so thorough that virtual all trace of it would have been gone. It was that bad.
Beyond the extermination itself there is more sadness to be found. At some point the allies were in the know, but even when they were, they deemed it unfeasible to act upon it by -say- bombing the camps or the trains and tracks that facilitated the transports. This despite the fact that an IG Farben Plant 4 kms away from Auschwitz was bombed. Would such bombings have helped? It is hard to say really.
More misery occurs upon the liberation of the surviving victims. Women were systematically raped by Russian soldiers- their liberators and and now new tormentors - even to the point of death. And once those who survived returned home, there were many who found out that they that there was little understanding for their suffering. With the war over antisemitism had not died for it had been part of European life for centuries, but even without the hatred the people were not willing to hand back property and possessions in the chaos of post war Europe, even to the victims of the holocaust.
One unhappy tale is that of a man visiting his parents home decades after the war to be confronted by the new owner who thinks the man has returned to retrieve a hidden stash of money. When the man returns a few years later again the house has been ruined by the owner in his manic search for the stash. How truly truly sad.
I like BBC documentaries because they keep a careful balance between the drama and the events, between details and the global picture, but I can't give this one a round ten because it misses a crucial aspect. Perhaps it sounds selfish, but even a historical event as this one ought to be looked at in light of the present time. The question put simply: could this happen again? And for that to be determined, one would need to look at the why. In this the documentary lacks. It tells you the who, the what, the how, the where, the when and the superficial why, but how one can come to murdering people by the thousands is not quite explained. People hated Jews we are told, hence they got massacred. The question remains how one can go from hating to extermination and what would be needed to prevent it from happening again. The focus of the documentary however seems to be in the past and not the future, which makes it a notch weaker than it could have been: perfect.… Expand