In recognition of April 24, 2017 as National Holocaust Remembrance Day, MPT presents special programming related to that awful period during the World War II era when the Nazi regime conducted a systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews.
In the words of Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation, this day "...is an opportunity for us to remember the suffering that was and the efforts that were made to put an end to such suffering, and it’s a call to conscience today in our world to make sure that we aren’t the silent ones standing by, contributing to the suffering of others."
Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust
April 15 at 8pm on MPT
Israeli Violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust are featured. Some violins were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis. Their amazing stories and Weinstein’s mission to collect and restore the instruments were the inspiration for this one-hour documentary.
NOVA: Holocaust Escape Tunnel
April 19 at 9pm on MPT
Seventy years ago, Vilnius, Lithuania, was known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania—a bustling town home to more than 100,000 Jews at its peak. But then it all vanished. In three years during the Holocaust, 95% of Lithuanian Jews were killed. But hidden within this tragedy is a story of hope and courage that archeologists are just now bringing to light. Cutting-edge technology is revealing a Holocaust escape tunnel where survivors dug their way to freedom outside Vilnius.
Escape from a Nazi Death Camp
April 19 at 10pm on MPT
In east Poland, at Sobibor, the remote Nazi death camp, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. This film travels back to Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first-hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. The multi-layered plot unfolds like a movie — from the last-minute change to the escape plan forced by an unexpected arrival of a train load of SS soldiers, to the systematic luring of individual camp guards to separate locations and different deaths — yet every terrible and inspiring moment of the story is true.
Göring's Secret - The Story of Hitler's Marshall
April 23 at 6pm on MPT2
Ilustrated by a newly unearthed collection of personal film reels, this revealing documentary provides an uncensored look at the private life of Hermann Göring, Hitler’s devoted follower and second-in-command. The program reveals footage of Göring as he preferred to see himself: as a powerful leader adored by the masses; as Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe; and as Hitler’s most important confidant. Shot mostly in color, the films answer the question that has lingered in the decades since his Nuremburg conviction and subsequent suicide: how could a highly decorated World War I fighter pilot become such a corrupt and ruthless henchman of Hitler?
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference where the Final Solution was agreed upon, and the major deportation of European Jewry to the death camps. Selfhelp, a unique community organization founded in the 1930s by a handful of young Jewish refugees, has given shelter to more than 1,000 victims of Nazi persecution from Central Europe. In this award-winning one-hour film, six of the Selfhelp home’s last generation of residents share their remarkable stories of courage and resilience, the loss of family and of place, and decisions that meant the difference between life and death.
Program schedule is subject to change.