WWII: Witnessing the Holocaust | Personal accounts of persecution and genocide by the Nazi regime
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 November 1989
DURATION | 29 minutes 20 seconds
Interviewed in 1989, Simon Wiesenthal talks about his early life as an architect and his incarceration by the Nazis in the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mauthausen (from which he was liberated by the Americans). He also discusses the success of his organisation in prosecuting war criminals, perhaps most famously Adolf Eichmann.
In all, Simon Wiesenthal was believed to have brought 1,100 war criminals to trial. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, set up in the USA in 1977, has pressed for the extradition of numerous war crime suspects and campaigned for the rights of Holocaust survivors and for an end to pensions for former SS officers.
Seven days after its liberation, the horrors of Buchenwald are made known.
A Canadian reporter provides a first hand account of a concentration camp near Zutphen.
The broadcaster recounts the horrors of Belsen.
The survivors and the soldiers who relieved Belsen bear witness to the horrors of the camp.
A Red Cross appeal seeking relatives of children liberated from concentration and labour camps.
The only Briton found alive in Belsen describes his experiences there.
A Polish commercial artist describes his experiences in a German concentration camp.
'Tonight' on the trail of Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten.
'Blue Peter' explores the Anne Frank story.
Harrowing memories of the concentration camps recounted by survivors.
The story of the man who warned the Allies about the Final Solution.
One of Auschwitz's most famous survivors talks to Sue MacGregor.
Broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy meets Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Documents reveal that Britain knew something of the Nazi slaughter of the Jews as early as 1941.
Helen Bamber shares her memories of the liberation of Belsen.
Artist Marianne Grant tells of how she was forced to paint for Dr Josef Mengele in Auschwitz.
A Holocaust survivor and her grandson return to the scene to unlock her story.
Should more be reported on the atrocities in France?
The BBC broadcasts more information on the atrocities in occupied Europe.
Parliament's reaction to news of the Nazis' liquidation of the ghettos.
BBC management considers ways of combating anti-Semitism.
The importance of disseminating news on the liberated concentration camps.
News reports continue to emphasis the liberation of the concentration camps.
A harrowing and moving account of the conditions in Belsen.
Polish authorities thank the BBC for its support.
The submission of Patrick Gordon Walker's diary on Belsen.
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