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DATE: January 5, 2005
UM-Dearborn and Michigan Television will host preview
DEARBORN---A new PBS documentary titled
"Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State" will get its first local
screening at a preview and discussion to be held at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn on Sunday, Jan. 16.
"Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State," a six-hour television series,
is a chronological portrait of Auschwitz, the site of the greatest mechanized
mass murder in history. The program will be broadcast in three parts beginning
Jan. 19 on most PBS stations across the country.
UM-Dearborn has partnered with Michigan
Television (WFUM PBS TV 28), the university's public broadcasting
service, to preview the program for Detroit-area viewers. The program,
and panel discussion to follow, will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Social
Science Building on the Dearborn campus. Screenings of parts two and three
of the program, originally scheduled for Jan. 23 and 30, have been cancelled.
This is the first time that Michigan Television and UM-Dearborn have
collaborated on an event of this type.
"We chose UM-Dearborn as the site for this special screening because
the campus has done so much to document this history through the Voice/Vision
Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, directed by history professor
Sidney Bolkosky," according to Jennifer White, interim station manager
of Michigan Television. "Guests attending these events will get the
benefit of excellent PBS programming and access to an outstanding academic
and community resource."
UM-Dearborn's Voice/Vision project has recorded interviews with hundreds
of Holocaust survivors in the Detroit area over the past 20 years. Christopher
Browning, professor of history at the University of North Carolina and
author of numerous books on the history of the Holocaust, has described
the UM-Dearborn effort as "a model program." The recordings
are available at http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu/.
Bolkosky will be one of the speakers on a panel discussion and conversation
following the screening. Other speakers are Jamie L. Wraight, historian
and curator of the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive,
and Larry Wilcox, professor of history at the University of Toledo.
The program is open to the public, but reservations are requested by
Jan. 12 at (866) 203-1136 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.