Burning Down Paris
Monday, 8.30pm, History Several times in August 1944, Adolf Hitler demanded that Paris be razed to the ground rather than surrendered to the Allies. Every building was to be destroyed including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and all the bridges. Bombs were primed in strategic places. On August 23, he commanded: ‘‘ The city must not fall into the enemy’s hand except lying in complete debris.’’ Who disobeyed the order and saved the city — was it the German general Dietrich von Choltitz, the governor of Paris, who realised Hitler was insane and the war lost? Or was it Pierre Taittinger, chairman of the municipal council, who convinced Choltitz not to detonate the explosives? This fascinating documentary combines archival footage and re-enactments to tell the story. albums since the boys got together in 1981, Metallica is the most commercially successful heavy metal band to hit the scene. This episode of Video was shown on ABC2 last year, but it’s worth watching again if you’re a fan of thrash metal, speed metal and hard rock music. If you call that music.