NARRATOR: The Final Solution and the slaughter of millions of Jews during World War II is the defining tragedy of the 20th century.
PBS Airdate: October 31, 2000 Go to the companion Web site During the following program look for NOVA's Web markers which lead you to more information at our Website.If that happens, it will be a huge and tragic diversion from the things that really matter to keep the project of civilized life going.In a way, it will be the true beginning of the end. Of pretending that the people in authority know what they are doing.These include: food production (industrial agri-business), commerce (the Wal Mart model), transportation (Happy Motoring), school (a matrix of rackets), medicine (ditto with the patient as hostage), and banking (a matrix of fraud and swindling).All of these systems have something in common: they’ve exceeded their fragility threshold and crossed into the frontier of criticality. It would be nice if we could construct leaner and more local systems to replace these monsters, but there is too much vested interest in them.
Irving counters that Lipstadt has conspired to ruin his reputation and threaten his livelihood. In Britain, the burden of proof is the other way round: the law sides with Irving, unless Lipstadt can prove that her statements are true. No cameras are allowed in court, so this program will reconstruct, with actors, key exchanges from the trial.