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NOVA; Holocaust on Trial, The


Green label master. Ch 1/2: full mix, Ch 3/4: MED, 16x9 letterbox, TRT: 56:46. Original air date: 10/31/00 - Repacked 5/10/01 for PBS Air.

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Holocaust on Trial, The
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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On January 11, 2000, a trial opened in London's High Court that would prove to be a crucial test of Holocaust "deniers." British author David Irving brought a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. In her book, Lipstadt characterized Irving as a "Hitler partisan" who manipulated the historical record to deny the reality of the Holocaust. In seeking damages, Irving claimed that her book destroyed his reputation. Interwoven with dramatized sequences that re-create the courtroom testimony and arguments are documentary segments that explore evidence with the aid of historians Hugh Trevor-Roper and Robert Harris, and Auschwitz authority Robert Jan van Pelt, among others.

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Chicago: “NOVA; Holocaust on Trial, The,” 10/31/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1CE11223416941C7A35DC3B7DBD4698B.
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