Harrowing and powerful documentary on Holocaust survivors from Auschwitz will air tonight 8 months ago

Harrowing and powerful documentary on Holocaust survivors from Auschwitz will air tonight

The two-part feature is released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

To coincide with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, More 4 and Channel 4 will be screening a new documentary which features the moving and revealing testimony of 16 Holocaust survivors.

For the first time ever, in Auschwitz Untold: In Colour, viewers will witness colourisation of black and white archive footage .

In doing so, the filmmakers aim to bring a contemporary resonance to the unprecedented horrors of what constituted daily life in the Nazi concentration camp.

The two-part documentary will be narrated by award-winning actor Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List, Gandhi).

In terms of its narrative structure, the series features the moving and revealing testimony of more than 15 Holocaust survivors, including the seldom-heard voice of a Romani holocaust survivor and a member of the Jewish underground who participated in armed resistance against the Nazis.

These survivors provide first-hand accounts of the dark shadow of Auschwitz and the Final Solution.

Against this backdrop, the series will reveal Nazi plans for cultural genocide against Jews and the Romani people.

The series is being produced and directed by BAFTA winner David Shulman (Basquiat: Rage to Riches, Gettys: The World’s Richest Art Dynasty).

David Shulman, producer/director of Auschwitz Untold: In Colour, has said:

“My ambition in making Auschwitz Untold was to have as much contemporary resonance as possible. The colourisation of black and white archive is one aspect of making this history more accessible to a younger audience and giving greater humanity to the people seen in the footage.

"Also, by including a Jewish resistance fighter from Vilna and a Roma holocaust survivor from France, I think Auschwitz Untold: In Colour adds unique perspectives typically overlooked by most documentaries about the Holocaust.”

More 4 will be showing part one of Auschwitz Untold: In Colour at 9pm on Sunday 26 January. Part two airs the next night.

In case you missed those screenings, a 90-minute special will be shown on Wednesday 29 January at 10.30pm on Channel 4.

Here's a look at what's in store.

Clip via Channel 4