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Hitler’s Holocaust Railways

Airs Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. & Wednesday, May 8 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV + Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m. & Sunday, May 12 at 11 p.m. on KPBS 2

Arek Hersh, Holocaust survivor, with travel host and rail expert, Chris Tarra...

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Above: Arek Hersh, Holocaust survivor, with travel host and rail expert, Chris Tarrant at Auschwitz, with the "gate of death" behind them. Tarrant takes a journey through Germany and central Europe as he explores how rail travel was used to facilitate the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust of WWII in "Hitler's Holocaust Railways."

Film Documents the Darkest Chapter in the History of Trains

"I think we have to tell the story over and over again. We must never forget it. We must tell our children and grandchildren. It's so important."Chris Tarrant

Travel host and rail expert Chris Tarrant (CHRIS TARRANT: EXTREME RAILWAYS) takes a journey through Germany and central Europe as he explores how rail travel was used to facilitate the horrors of the Holocaust.

“Hitler’s Holocaust Railways” chronicles how the Holocaust evolved from 1935 to ’45, starting in Nuremberg and ending at the death camps in Auschwitz.

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Chris Tarrant goes on a personal journey to explore the darkest chapter in the history of the railways, their role in the Nazi Holocaust of WWII. Traveling through three countries, Chris explores the history from the first anti-Jewish laws and the Nazi’s quest to build the world’s most powerful railway of war… to the eventual use of that railway network to transport millions to their deaths. Chris meets holocaust survivors as they retrace their wartime journeys, including Helga Weissova, who as a young girl recorded her experiences in the horrifying Terezin Ghetto with drawings and in her diary. In Poland, he meets Arek Hersh, a former child slave who escaped death countless times in the Ghetto and at Auschwitz where he and Chris travel together to face up to the true horror of the Holocaust.

Tarrant investigates the implementation of the first anti-Jewish laws and the Nazi’s simultaneous quest to build the world’s strongest railway system.

During the course of the Holocaust, thousands of trains were used to transport millions to the labor and death camps like cattle.

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Host and rail expert Chris Tarrant (right) with Holocaust survivor Zuzana Marešová (left).

Tarrant also meets with Holocaust survivors, who share their stories or terror, death, and heroic acts of bravery.

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Host and rail expert Chris Tarrant speaks with Holocaust survivor Helga Weiss. Along with her mother, she was sent to four camps concentration camps including Terezín, Auschwitz, Freiberg and Mauthausen.

Tarrant also speaks with people who worked on the railways, as well as historians, to provide further context into how the Holocaust happened and how instrumental the railways were to realizing Hitler’s plan.

Photo credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

Host and rail expert Chris Tarrant inside the gas chambers in Auschwitz Birkenhau. “Hitler’s Holocaust Railways” chronicles how the Holocaust evolved from 1935 to ’45, starting in Nuremberg and ending at the death camps in Auschwitz.

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This film was acquired by American Public Television from Banijay Rights Limited for syndication to public television stations nationwide. © 2018 Whitworth Media Limited and Motion Content Group Limited.

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