Genocide: Worse Than War
Thursday, January 24
Director: Mike DeWitt
Run time: 115 minutes
Premiering on PBS, Worse Than War documents Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis.
With his first book, the #1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners (Vintage, 1997) Goldhagen - then a professor of political science at Harvard University- forced the world to re-think some of its most deeply-held beliefs about the Holocaust. Hitler's Willing Executioners inspired an unprecedented worldwide discussion and debate about the role ordinary Germans played in the annihilation of Europe's Jews.
A decade later - and more than half a century after the end of World War II - Goldhagen is convinced that the overall phenomenon of genocide is as poorly understood as the Holocaust had once been. How and why do genocides start? Why do the perpetrators kill? Why has intervention rarely occurred in a timely manner? These and other thought-provoking questions are explored in a new documentary film, Worse Than War.