The amazing story of the Nazi and war profiteer who ultimately saved 1300 Jews from death. Includes interviews with many "Schindler's List" survivors.
In 15th century Romania, three monks found themselves chained to the wall of a cell in the castle of Vlad Dracula, Voyvoyd of Wallachia. More commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, he was the most terrifying ruler of Medieval Europe, a psychopathic mass-murderer and the only man who stood between Christian Europe and the advancing armies of the Ottoman Turks. It was this vicious story that gave birth to the Dracula character of fact and fiction.
This three part documentary series uncovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. In 19th century London, two decades before Mary Shelley wrote her acclaimed novel, pioneering scientific showman Professor Giovanni Aldini successfully used electricity to reanimate animals, severed human limbs and the corpses of recently beheaded criminals. But Aldini needed a whole body - a strong, male specimen, very recently killed by asphyxiation - to attempt his most ambitious experiment: a complete human reanimation.
After surviving the war as a Hungarian Jew. Robert Sandy established a flourishing grocery business in Budapest. But in February 1949, the Russians confiscated the business and he was forced to flee to Austria. He was smuggled across the border by Russian soldiers only to be arrested as a spy and taken to Vienna.
True Horror discovers the historic inspiration and scientific fact behind some of the most enduring horror icons of our time, through spine-chilling dramatic reconstruction and expert interviews. Each episode: Werewolf, Frankenstein and Dracula focuses on the likely origin of a specific monster that has haunted our nightmares for generations; uncovering the historic figures that helped create the stories, and the possible inspiration for their weird and twisted behaviour.
Origins of the song Strange Fruit intertwined with a famous performance of it by Billie Holiday.
King Fong was born in Fiji of Chinese parents. He arrived in Sydney in 1946, after the communist uprising in China diverted his parents' planned return to their homeland. Life was very difficult for Asian immigrants but through hard work, a successful business career and tireless work for Chinese-Australian charities he has emerged as one of the most prominent members of the Chinese-Australian community.
This documentary looks at the amazing transformation of a holy man from Turkey into the world-wide symbol of Christmas and the image of Santa Claus.
What really happened to Subhas Chandra Bose? He was worshipped by millions for his lifelong campaign to see India claim its independence from Britain. He networked with powerful figures, including Gandhi, Hitler and the Japanese government, spending his life travelling between India, Germany, Austria and Japan. In early 1945, Bose, aligned with Japan, mounted an attack on the British. But when information about their planned attack was leaked, Bose's forces were left with no choice but to surrender. Three days after the defeat, Bose escaped on a flight to the Soviet Union. However, the flight never arrived at its destination - the plane crashed, and Bose was announced dead. News of Bose's death was broadcast around the world, though in 2006 an Indian Judicial Commission concluded that the crash never happened.
Abeda Iqbal and Massooda Hassan are close girlfriends in their early 20s who arrived in Australia from Afghanistan when they were young children and now represent the links that the next generation has between the diverse Afghan and Australian cultures.
In 1944 Russian-born Stefania Sochan and her mother were transported first to Auschwitz and then to Bergen Belsen. Her mother perished in the camp but Stefania survived the war and arrived in Australia in 1950.
After serving with the Australian Navy in the Pacific during the war, Malayan Abdul Amjah was kicked out, even though he had a British passport and an Australian wife and child. A year later he entered Australia illegally, but was arrested and sentenced to six months jail. His appeal was the case that first broke the White Australia Policy Act of 1901.
This series looks at the experiences of post-war migrants in Australia. Whether escaping war-torn Europe, or fleeing from the rise of communism, all migrants were bound by a singular common thread; to emigrate to a land that promised a better way of life for themselves and their families.
The second episode begins in 1928, with the historic flight of the Southern Cross across the Pacific Ocean, followed throughout the 1930s by the continuing struggle to maintain an Australian-owned aviation industry in the face of powerful international airline businesses.
In the year 1644, the Manchu conquered China and the last Ming Emperor hanged himself. The Manchu were the rulers of the Forbidden City and the reign of the Qing Dynasty began. In 1850 a 15-year-old girl called Yehenara was selected and appointed as a concubine of the fifth rank for Emperor Xianfeng. Through the help of chief eunuch An Dehai, she quickly found her way to the emperor's bed. Soon afterwards, Yehanara's deepest wish was fulfilled. She gave birth to the emperor's son.
Australia's airline history is a saga of daring feats, can-do attitude, pig-headed visionaries, iron-fisted politicians, warring pilots; of humble beginnings and mega deals.
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