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PBS HONORS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE WITH A SLATE OF
NEW PROGRAMMING

April 11-14, 2010



Ellie Kendrick protraying Anne Frank
Los Angeles, CA: PBS/TCA Press Tour; January 13, 2010 -- In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sunday, April 11, 2010, PBS presents new programming throughout the week. From a new take on a literary classic to the heroics of those who risked everything to help those persecuted during World War II; PBS explores the complexity of the era with four new primetime programs.

On Sunday, April 11, 2010, PBS and MASTERPIECE CLASSIC premiere a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. On Monday, April 12, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions introduces AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS, the story of Arabs who protected Jews during the Holocaust; the special is based on the book of the same name by Robert Satloff. The following day, Tuesday, April 13, INDEPENDENT LENS explores the life of Hannah Senesh, a Jew living safely in Palestine, in “Blessed Is the Match.” Senesh was captured on a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. WORSE THAN WAR looks at the dynamics of state-sponsored genocide, from the Holocaust to Rwanda to Darfur, on Wednesday, April 14.

Thousands of hours of PBS programming are available on the PBS Video Portal. The Video Portal will release a special collection for Holocaust Remembrance by early April, featuring new and encore programming, at www.pbs.org/holocaustremembrance.


PROGRAMMING

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “The Diary of Anne Frank” Sunday, April 11, 2010, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET Newcomer Ellie Kendrick (An Education) brings to life the eloquent reflections of a teenage girl trying to live an ordinary life in a cramped hidden annex during World War II.

AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS Monday, April 12, 2010, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET Based on the book by Robert Satloff, the program searches for Arabs who protected Jews during the Holocaust. A MacNeil/Lehrer Production.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Blessed Is the Match” Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET Joan Allen narrates this first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper and resistance fighter and was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis.

WORSE THAN WAR Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET Based on Daniel Goldhagen’s book of the same title, this is an exploration of the nature of genocide, ethnic cleansing and large-scale mass murder in our time. Goldhagen speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, religious leaders, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers and journalists.


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Photo: Ellie Kendrick, whose performance won rave reviews from UK critics, portrays Anne Frank in this new adaptation of the literary classic.
Credit: Darlow Smithson Productions for MASTERPIECE



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