eIt's a time before and after the American television series "The Holocaust – The History of the Weiss Family". The film's story of the German-Jewish family Weiss and the German socialist family Dorf released the Young Federal Republic in 1979 from a collective amnesia. And there was an unknown expression in Germany for the mass extermination of Jews during the Nazi regime's time: the Holocaust. At that time, the highly linked third programs sent the ARD the four episodes. From Monday they will do this again. And they add a new documentary to the series – about the origin and impact of the "Holocaust".
In the documentary film "How" the Holocaust came on television, director Alice Agneskirchner tells the story of the controversial series at that time, which shows individual film sequences and interviews with participants who were then presented as contemporary witnesses. For example, the actor Rosemary Harris, who starred in the movie of Berta Weiss, and Blanche Baker – her former movie daughter Anna – falls in love with a reunion after forty years. Both played with James Woods and Meryl Streep, who helped the "Holocaust" for international breakthroughs.
The actors had difficulty with the series. Michael Moriarty even needed a psychiatrist to handle the role of lawyer Erik Dorf. In the series, Dorf goes to Reinhard Heydrich, the personal assistant to the head of the Reich Security Main Office, who was instrumental in organizing the Holocaust. "To do well you have to open yourself, and when you leave the most terrible things in you, you live forever in your own soul," says Moriarty as he walks on the cane through the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Here was also the scene in the gas chamber, director Marvin J. Chomsky "as soon as possible in the box" wanted, he reports. "Only then could I send the people to the gas chamber."
After the broadcaster NBC first appeared in the United States in 1978, Sabina Lietzmann's judgment, which then reported for this New York newspaper, was to shape the public in that country. She wrote on April 20, 1978 that she had invented a drama "dangerous near the soap opera recipe." She also quoted the author and survived Elie Wiesel, who had previously stated in the New York Times that he was "shocked by the transformation of an ontological event into a soap opera".
In the documentary, former WDR television director and producer Günter Rohrbach puts Lietzmann's article into the camera. He can remember what he says. It goes without saying that Sabina Lietzmann revised her opinion in September 1978 and wrote: "The discomfort we have described at that time is still filled with trivialization of suffering, and it is still a congenital critical impulse to dilute" history "to" history " "Meanwhile, however, she considers it possible to understand" monstrous in private ". She was convinced that many series throughout the series had treated the Holocaust.
It was Günter Rohrbach who brought the series to Germany – also against internal resistance. So they agreed on the compromise, not to show them in the ARD's first program, but at the same time in the third programs; to the detriment of many spectators in the GDR, who were only able to receive only the first and ZDF. The reactions after the broadcast in January 1979 were overwhelming. In his review, the previous publisher of this newspaper, Joachim Fest, proclaimed the publication of the series in Germany as a "significant television event". The public's lack of interest in the past, as historians and audiences have regretted for years, turns out to be what it really is: "Lack of interest for historians and the public in public".
Just after the release of the first episode called at that time, according to the German press office at WDR 4400 spectators. They wanted to know how to explain to their grandchildren that they had done nothing against the extermination of the Jews. A minority complained of "nest pollution". The general shock was seen by many as a mirror of years of oppression. A catharsis had begun. In broadcasting the four episodes, assessments of well over thirty percent were achieved. The series was so powerful that rebirths risk an educational gap if they miss this documentary. The effect of the series "Holocaust" comes to this day.
NDR and WDR start with the charisma of the quadruple series Holocaust Monday 7 January at. 22.00, SWR-tv Wednesday 9 January at. 22:00. The episodes two to four are January 8 at. 10:10 on WDR, January 14 (NDR and WDR), January 15 (WDR), January 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30 January (NDR and SWR) to watch. documentation How the "Holocaust" came on TV runs on January 14 at 10:10, at WDR, January 16 at 22:00 at SWR and at 10:45 at NDR.