Documentary giving voice to Holocaust survivors wins Bafta

The Last Survivors broadcast on BBC Two in January 2019


The Last Survivors, a documentary that hears from Britain’s dwindling number of Holocaust survivors as they reflect on their wartime experiences, was awarded a Bafta on Saturday.

Nominated as best standalone documentary, the BBC Two programme, first broadcast in January 2019, follows a cast of characters on a personal journeys as they come to terms with the trauma of the Holocaust.

The documentary’s director, Arthur Carey, also scooped an award for the best director of a factual programme.

Mr Carey and survivor Maurice Blick, who was featured in the documentary, accepted the Bafta on behalf of the entire cast and crew.   

Mr Blick, 80, was liberated from Bergen Belsen as a small child and has lived in Britain ever since.

“It demonstrates how people can go through the most awful atrocities and adversity, and still come out at the end with a view of life that is worth living,” Mr Blick observed in his acceptance speech.

The BBC Panorama documentary which featured testimony from whistleblowers alleging that senior figures within the Labour Party had interfered in antisemitism investigations, failed to win in the 'current affairs' category. 

It was instead pipped by an ITV documentary on the repression and incarceration of over 1 million Uighur and other Muslim minority groups in China's Xinjiang.  

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