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BBC film focusing on Holocaust survivor trauma wins BAFTA award

Maurice Blik accepted the going, saying: 'It demonstrates how people can go through the most awful atrocities, and come out at the end with a view of life that is worth living'

The Last Survivors -  Manfred Goldberg holding a painting of his brother. ((C) Minnow Films Ltd - Photographer: Richard Ansett)
The Last Survivors - Manfred Goldberg holding a painting of his brother. ((C) Minnow Films Ltd - Photographer: Richard Ansett)

A BBC Two documentary that followed some of Britain’s last Holocaust survivors won a BAFTA television award this weekend.

The Last Survivors,’ which aired last year, won best stand-alone documentary on Saturday, with the award accepted by survivor Maurice Blik, who was taken to Bergen-Belsen aged five and who featured in the programme.

More than a year in the making, the 1.5 hour documentary by Arthur Carey also told the wartime stories of Manfred Goldberg, who remembers Hitler waving from a car as Nazis cheered from the streets, and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who only survived Auschwitz because the orchestra needed a cellist.

In his acceptance speech during an unusually quiet ceremony owing to continuing coronavirus restrictions, Blik said: “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.”

The Last Survivors – Maurice Blik with one of his sculptures – ((C) Minnow Films Ltd – Photographer: Richard Ansett)
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