Why a series on WWII? Because it has shaped the lives of millions of Canadians born in the last half century who know little about what happened, or how its legacy still affects them. Even 70 years later, the brutal statistics of WWII have the capacity to shock: more than 60 million dead, six million Jews and countless others victims of genocide, cities incinerated, the world map ruthlessly rewritten.
"The lessons of the Second World War are timeless," says Mark Starowicz, executive director documentary programming, CBC Television. "We live in an era permeated by hyper-spin; we have seen how propaganda incites hatred and killing today. Through this important series, a new generation will see clearly that although the dictators of that era are dead, the ideas and the forces that spawned them are still very much alive."
Hosted by The Hour’s George Stroumboulopoulos, this primer on the art of mass persuasion is aimed directly at a media-savvy generation.
Please note: This four-disc DVD box set includes all six episodes in English and French, plus bonus materials.