In the so-called paradise ghetto of Theresienstadt, the Nazis prepare for a visit by neutral observers by cleaning up the village, distributing new clothes to the inhabitants and setting any number of happy scenes. The visit goes so well that the Nazis decide to make a film for which Aaron Jastrow must write script. Those plotting to overthrow Hitler make one last attempt on July 20, 1944 resulting in the execution of Count von Stauffenberg and the other plotters. Field Marshall Rommel is seriously hurt in a car accident but he too must pay the price for his participation in the plot. Still in the Pacific, Pug Henry prepares for the battle of Leyte Gulf while Byron becomes the commanding officer of his submarine. Natalie and Aaron are transferred to Auschwitz.
Did You Know?
Late into the mini-series, both Byron and his father Victor can be seen wearing the Navy Achievement Medal. This decoration did not exist during World War II, with the first awards of the medal made in 1961. See more
l, Aaron Jastrow the Jew, in my 72nd year, am going to my death. l have heard that strong young people are spared to work in Oswiecim, so my niece may survive. l began this record of a journey aboard a vessel docked in Naples harbor in December, 1941. Mischance and misjudgments brought myself and my niece to Theresienstadt. Here l have seen German barbarism and duplicity with my own eyes, and have tried to record the truth the best l could. Millions of Jews, l now believe, have already perished...
Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen See more