Auschwitz survivors' stories told at special screening

From The Auschwitz Album - Serge Klarsfeld and Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier

Special screenings of a film casting new light on Nazi atrocities are being held at Bradford College to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day.

Auschwitz Untold: In Colour will be screened at the College’s Bronte Lecture Theatre to students from Bradford College and New College Bradford on Monday 27 January – the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Poland concentration camp. This first screening will begin with a short Q&A session with development producer Sheldon Lazarus.

It will be followed by a further screening on Wednesday 29 January.

The screenings have been jointly arranged by Bradford Council and Bradford College.

The event is part of Bradford College’s programme of enrichment activities for students. Lauren Pickles, Personal Development Officer at the college, said: “We are honoured to screen this very important film on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was very important to us to share the stories people have to tell have about this chapter in our history and ensure we never forget the millions of people impacted by these terrible events.”

The film was created for More4 by Fulwell73, the production company co-owned by James Corden. It will feature, for the first time, colourised archive footage from Nazi concentration camps along with revealing testimonies from a number of Holocaust survivors. Among those telling their stories are a Romani holocaust survivor and a member of the Jewish underground who participated in armed resistance against the Nazis as her entire family was being murdered in a death camp.

Sheldon Lazarus, Development Producer, Fulwell73, said: “The 16 survivors who feature in this series tell their extraordinary accounts of survival and resistance against all odds in their own voices, and accompanied by remarkable colourised footage from the archives, we hope this series will help remove a barrier that separates contemporary audiences from the reality of the Holocaust so that we never ever forget the atrocities of the past.

“With the 75th anniversary to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz in 2020 we felt it was really timely and important to bring to life the untold stories of the Holocaust in a new way.”

Auschwitz Untold: In Colour airs Sunday 26th and Monday 27th January at 9pm on More4 followed by a 90-minute special Wednesday 29th January at 10:30pm on Channel 4.

Image credits: The Auschwitz Album - Serge Klarsfeld and Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier