This episode centres on George Gittoes, one of the most important and influential artists in Australia today, whose profound interest in the effect of war and civil conflict has led him to trouble spots all over the world.
Tonight, Blitz Street is on the receiving end of one of the largest bombs the Luftwaffe ever dropped on Britain: the SC1000, nicknamed 'The Hermann'. A bomb this large was designed to cause massive damage to the infrastructure of industrial Britain. With the aid of eye-witness testimonies, the program also recounts the Luftwaffe's horrendous bombing of Coventry on 14 November 1940 and the campaign to destroy Britain's manufacture of munitions.
In Nazi Germany in the 1930s, a secret plan was hatched to create a so-called Aryan Master Race of blonde-haired, blue-eyed children. While millions of genetic undesirables were eliminated, this elite was being bred to populate the new German Reich. This project, the brainchild of SS chief Heinrich Himmler, was called Lebensborn. Sixty-five years after World War II ended, this film reveals what has become of those who were born and stolen to become the new master race.
In January 1953, Pravda published on its front page an article revealing a conspiracy of 'criminal-doctors', who were mainly Jewish. They were accused of murdering two Party leaders and of conspiring against Stalin himself. In response, Stalin organised the most violent anti-Semitic campaign ever launched in the USSR, aimed mostly at Jewish doctors. In this program, the children and friends of the main victims recount their experiences related to these nightmarish events.
More than 60 years ago, the outcome of World War Two rested heavily on five beaches in Normandy, France. Known as 'D-Day', it is considered the greatest amphibious invasion ever attempted. History remembers it as a great victory. But new research reveals that on Omaha Beach, it was very nearly a disaster. German defences there were far more ferocious than expected. A massive air strike which had intended to take them out was a total failure. For the troops charged with this mission, it would become a killing zone.