Engi­neer­ing Evil: Inside the Holo­caust

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, His­tory Ac­cord­ing to a ban­ner at the be­gin­ning of this ex­cel­lent pro­gram, you can’t murder six mil­lion peo­ple with­out a fair amount of lo­gis­tics and plan­ning. The one-off doc­u­men­tary in­ves­ti­gates the per­sua­sive pro­pa­ganda job per­pe­trated on the Ger­man peo­ple by the Nazis in the long lead-up to the Holo­caust. Peter Black of the US Holo­caust Memo­rial Mu­seum ex­presses the essence of the cam­paign. ‘‘ How could a group of peo­ple be so hated and seen as so dan­ger­ous that they had to be elim­i­nated from the face of the earth?’’ he asks. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, the most rad­i­cal el­e­ments wanted to ex­punge the Jews overnight. Al­most im­me­di­ately, they be­gan to leg­is­late against Jews, who were sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­missed from or­di­nary jobs as well as from po­si­tions in medicine, ed­u­ca­tion, law and the civil ser­vice.

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