My Family, The Holocaust And Me combines powerful family stories with big picture history to give a powerful insight into this seismic event. In the two-part series, Robert Rinder (main picture) will help the families of those who experienced the Holocaust to retrace their parents’ and grandparents’ footsteps. In cases where Holocaust survivors and victims are no longer alive, Robert will help their living relatives unpick the full truth about what happened to their families.
Six million Jews died in the Holocaust. Five million others were also killed, including gay people, travellers, people with disabilities and twins. But as this uniquely horrific chapter of history moves further away in time, the number of those who survived is dwindling, and the exact detail of what happened becomes obscured by the passage of time.
Our cast will learn fresh detail about their extraordinary family stories before setting off to explore what their relatives confronted decades before. They’ll travel to their ancestral homelands, visit the camps they inhabited and meet some of those who survived.
Moved by his own recent investigation in Who Do You Think You Are?, Robert will join each family on their journey to help them explore the stories they uncover and examine what it means to be the children and grandchildren of Holocaust victims and survivors – tapping into the legacy of suffering and guilt often experienced by subsequent generations.
Robert will also be embarking on a new journey of his own. Whilst tracing how his grandfather Morris survived the Holocaust in Who Do You Think You Are?, Robert was shown a document in which Morris had recorded the deaths of his own parents and siblings. Now Robert will travel to Treblinka to discover how his great-grandparents, great-aunts and great-uncle came to meet their ends in the concentration camp there.
My Family, The Holocaust And Me, a 2×60′ for BBC One, is made by Wall To Wall. The Executive Producer is Colette Flight. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Simon Young.