NEW YORK (Jul. 27)
A four-part series on the Holocaust, “The World at War: The Final Solution,” will be presented by WOR/TV Aug. 1-4 from 11-12 p.m. According to a WOR spokesman, “this is the most comprehensive attempt television has yet made to examine the theory and practice of genocide, as embodied in the Nazi doctrine and effected throughout the reign of the Third Reich.”
Part One will examine the roots of the Nazi theories, the formation of the gestapo and the rise of anti-Semitism. Part Two traces the period from 1939 to 1941 detailing how, what began as a convention war against armed opponents became a systematic attempt to murder civilians in occupied countries. Part Three describes the death factories. Part Four illustrates why, even in the last years of the war when Germany was losing, the killing machine was allowed to continue to function without hindrance.
The WOR/TV spokesman said the importance of this series is underscored by the fact that in 1970 the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith undertook studies which examined 30 of the most widely used junior high and high school textbooks on social problems, world history and American history. Only in two of the textbooks was the Holocaust adequately treated. Most books completely omitted any reference to the Holocaust.
Meanwhile, the ADL announced that in view of “the current trend to erase the Holocaust to a mere footnote in modern history,” it is establishing a Holocaust Information Center in its national headquarters in New York. The ADL will also conduct the national invitational conference on teaching about genocide and the Holocaust on Oct. 9-11.