Our niftiest and spiffiest content, all in one great show. This week, a look at the shifting human condition. Holocaust survivors being turned into holograms, a Russian "Swiss Family Robinson" that missed most of the 20th Century, corporate anthropologists, transplant "tourism," the nasty effect of internet comments, and a former professor pens a memoir about being stalked by an ex- student online.
New research by historians at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reveals the shocking scope of Hitler’s final solution that led to the death of an estimated 15-20 million people and the imprisonment of millions more. It’s an incomprehensible number—42,500 Nazi concentration camps, ghettoes, and labor sites were created leading up to and during World War Two.
The average age for a Holocaust survivor is 79-years-old, and their carefully documented personal histories may just become that—a record. A new project is working to preserve their first-hand accounts as holograms for museums to educate future generations about the Holocaust.
Following the holocaust was the single greatest forged migration in human history, orchestrated by…the allies. Didn’t know about one of the darkest sides of the allies World War II victory?…well, neither did we. Today we explore why some events make the history books and others are lost in time, and how historians have shaped the history that we remember and the history we choose to forget. Our guest Ray Douglas is chairman of the history department at Colgate University.
Amnon Weinstein first encountered a violin from the Holocaust 50 years ago. He was a young violin maker in Israel, and a customer brought him an old instrument in terrible condition and wanted it restored.
The customer had played on the violin on the way to the gas chamber, but he survived because the Germans needed him for their death camp orchestra. He hadn't played on it since.
"So I opened the violin, and there inside there [were] ashes," Weinstein says.