I produced and directed a national video campaign for this nine-hour documentary while working at PBS headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1987. The announcer was Robert J. Lurtsema from WGBH-FM in Boston and the music score was by Demos Chrissos Productions in Washington, DC.
Here is the script for the 90-second version; there were also three other versions used to promote the national broadcast premiere of the landmark documentary.
|Fade up to graphic.||Sound: freight train rumbles toward viewer.|
|Train moves toward camera||Ambient score begins.
SHOAH. . . THE HEBREW WORD WHICH MEANS ANNIHILATION.
|Conductor stares at Treblinka from stopped train.||THE FEW SURVIVING EYEWITNESSES TO AUSCHWITZ, TREBLINKA, THE WARSAW GHETTO . . .|
|Man and reporter in train yard.||. . . RELIVE, IN THEIR OWN WORDS, HAUNTING MEMORIES OF THE NAZI DEATH CAMPS…|
|Move through death camp. Fade to black.||…WHERE NEARLY SIX MILLION MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WERE EXECUTED.|
|Fade up to graphic.||Sound: ambient music and sound effects continue during graphic.|
|Dissolve to train approaching.|
|Lanzmann with survivor.||YOU’VE SEEN HOLOCAUST FOOTAGE BEFORE. NOW HEAR THE STORY FROM THOSE WHO WERE THERE.|
|Female survivor.||“There was a terrible screaming — out, out, out!”|
|Male survivor.||“A minute, an hour before, you were part of a family: a wife, a husband.
Now, all of a sudden, everything is dead.”
|Another male survivor.
Fade to black at end.
|“The product in Auschwitz was death. Everything was geared to keep the crematoria running.”|
|Fade up to graphic.||DON’T MISS THE LANDMARK, FOUR-PART TELEVISION PREMIERE OF SHOAH . . .|
|Pan cemetery. Tilt up to sky. Fade to black.||. . . PERSONAL MEMORIES OF A PLACE AND TIME WHICH MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN.|