Rewrit­ing His­tory: When Truth is the En­emy

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 9.30pm, SBS One This doc­u­men­tary in­ves­ti­gates the bat­tle of two men in­volved in a David and Go­liath strug­gle for the truth with a con­ser­va­tive Lithua­nian gov­ern­ment. Aus­tralian aca­demic Danny Ben-Moshe and pro­fes­sor of Yid­dish David Katz are de­ter­mined to thwart the in­ten­tion of the gov­ern­ment to oblit­er­ate a nasty page of its his­tory from records. In World War II, Jews were killed by Lithua­nian mili­tia, in­de­pen­dent of the Nazis. In a Europe po­lit­i­cally di­vided, Lithua­nia is a lab­o­ra­tory for rewrit­ing his­tory, eras­ing in­con­ve­nient de­tails from its past, we are told. ‘‘ His­tory is the new tool of the far Right,’’ says Katz. With much re­stored footage and ev­i­dence, the two take on the gov­ern­ment in a tus­sle that changes their lives.

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