Turkish state TV airs Holocaust film

Jan 27, 2012, 8:06 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey has marked the international Holocaust Remembrance Day by airing a French epic documentary about the Holocaust.

TRT television’s documentary channel showed filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah” late on Thursday, on the eve of the remembrance day.

The filmaker said this is the first time the film was broadcast on state television in a Muslim country.

The documentary was aired as part of a campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims and to fight Holocaust denial.

In March, a Los Angeles-based Farsi satellite channel had also broadcast the 9-plus-hour documentary in Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has questioned historical accounts of the Holocaust.

Lanzmann worked for 11 years on the film, which was released in 1985.

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Turkish state TV airs Holocaust film