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World War II Series

A series of award-winning documentaries that tell significant stories of WW II, many that only now can be told. Programs available on 15 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 15-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail
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Hiroshima: "Warning to the World" (Wilfred Burchett)


"Recommended. A compelling story of Wildred Burchett, the first Western journalist to see Hiroshima and the victims of the atomic bomb, who spent his life warning the world against nuclear warfare." -EMRO Review
"I write this as a warning to the world..." headlined London's Daily Express in 1945, quoting Wilfred Burchett, the first Western journalist into Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion on August 6, 1945. What he saw profoundly affected his life. In one hospital, patients wanted to kill him, while others begged him for a cure to the disease he eventually christened "Atomic Plague." The first part of this program contains rare interviews and graphic footage of the utterly destroyed city of Hiroshima, as well as hospitalized victims of the blast. After WW II we learn that Burchett continued to speak out against atomic weapons, but also became an extremely controversial, self-named "rebel reporter," pushing the limits of freedom of the press, which many considered not only propaganda, but also treasonous. To some he's a heroic figure who spoke out against the west intervening in Korea and Vietnam; while to others, because he lived among the Viet Cong, was an admirer of Ho Chi Minh, and supported the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, he was a traitor. His reporting the "other" side provoked such outrage in Australia he was refused entry there for nearly 20 years. Though vilified by many, he remained a steadfast believer of objective journalism up to his death in 1983 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Of course, today, facing a "war on terrorism," the world continues to ask: what is objective journalism? And the lesson humankind must take from this objective documentary is to heed Burchett's most important headline, to learn from the lessons of Hiroshima. Produced by Journeyman Pictures. 04/09DE JSCA 20 min.


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