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Holocaust Remembrance
Nova, Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Nova, Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Wednesday, April 19, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, April 20, at 3 a.m.

For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilnius was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North,” until the Nazis destroyed it. About 95 percent of its Jewish population was murdered and its synagogues and institutions were reduced to ruins.

The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of the city’s famous Great Synagogue, for example, so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now an international team of archaeologists is trying to excavate the remains and uncover one of the city’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.

Visit the NOVA website.



Escape from a Nazi Death Camp

Encore Presentation
Escape from a Nazi Death Camp

Wednesday, April 19, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, April 20, at 4 a.m.

In east Poland at Sobibor, the remote Nazi death camp, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody breakout. 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 firsthand 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 trainload 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.



Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust

Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust

Sunday, April 23, at 5 p.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 16, at 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

For Jews during the Holocaust, there wasn’t much reprieve from the despair and horror surrounding them, but music—particularly that of violins—offered temporary solace and a glimmer of humanity.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, this documentary features Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust. Some were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis.




Independent Lens, The Last Laugh

Independent Lens, The Last Laugh

Saturday, April 29, at 11:30 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, April 30, at 3:30 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Monday, April 24, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m.

“The Last Laugh” proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it?

Weaving together an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone alongside interviews with influential comedians and thinkers, it shows that throughout history, even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival.

Visit the INDEPENDENT LENS website.


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