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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

Auschwitz gates


A KCET/Hollywood/BBC Co-Production

Series Description

Auschwitz was the largest extermination center the world has ever seen. More than 1 million people were murdered there between May 1940 and January 1945. While many survivors of the period have documented what happened, Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is the first television series to document how it happened.

As the Communist era ended in the early 1990s, previously closed archives containing Third Reich files, diaries, and architectural plans became available for review. They reveal with startling clarity the decisions that were made and the people who made them. These newly available research findings are featured in this six-hour public television series, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the camp in January 2005.

Through dramatizations, interviews with perpetrators and survivors, and the use of the latest in computer technology, the series retells the history of Auschwitz as it unfolded over four years.


British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Peter and Helen Bing, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Wasserman Foundation

Educational Outreach Budget Range

Large ($250K-$500K)

Educational Outreach "Producers"

KCET contracted with Toby Levine Communications, Inc. (TLCI), to coordinate educational and outreach efforts. TLCI developed the content for the project fact sheet, station toolkit, poster (including the teaching materials on the back of the poster), and the online teaching and community guides. KCET/Hollywood ( produced the Web site. DZAP Productions, Ltd., was the Web site editor. Avian Mind Design created the design for the Web site. Evins Design created the graphic design of the poster.


American Library Association (ALA), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI), Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO), Facing History and Ourselves, The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR), Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, National Center for Outreach (NCO), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), public television stations, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

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