Antiques Roadshow to mark Holocaust with special episode


A special edition of BBC One's Antiques Roadshow looking at artefacts from the Holocaust is to be broadcast next year.

The show, presented by Fiona Bruce, is partnering with the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to explore different stories behind items from the period.

Producers are calling on viewers with relevant objects to get in contact.

A spokesperson said: “As well as telling the stories of loss and tragedy, we also want to discover stories of hope and love too for a special episode to be filmed later this year.”

The episode is due to air in January 2017 to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day. It will feature interviews with survivors conducted by UKHMF board member, the TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky.

Many of the testimonies gathered by Ms Kaplinsky will be heard for the first time and will include those of survivors and camp liberators.

The broadcaster has described how discovering her own family’s Holocaust story, on genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?, Is what inspired her to educate future generations about the Shoah.

Breaking tradition with Antiques Roadshow’s normal format, the BBC has said it will not value the items brought in by contributors.

A spokesperson said: “Many of the artefacts in this special edition are of such historical importance that they are priceless.

“So in a rare break with the traditions of the programme, the BBC has decided that items will not be valued.”

Antiques Roadshow has previously featured stories and objects owned by Jewish families during World War Two.

Items guests have previously brought onto the show include jewels buried by families fleeing the Nazis, a watch owned by an Auschwitz victim and a ring a survivor kept hidden through several concentration camps.

Viewers who would like to share their story and items have been asked to email

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