History’s Mysteries: The Inquisition
This installment of the “History’s Mysteries” series reveals the myths surrounding one of the darkest events in the history of man and religion — the inquisition of thousands of “unbelievers” at the hands of the Catholic Church. Relying on evidence uncovered when the Vatican opened its libraries to select scholars — and on the opinions of the scholars themselves — this compelling program brings a wealth of little-known facts to...
Deadly Women: Obsession
Female murderers are often times more horrifying and intriguing than their male counterparts. Their worlds are often defined by obsession, greed, and revenge. Deadly Women fuses bone-chilling story-telling, sumptuous period drama and forensic fact in a bid to explore history's most alluring female killers. Each episode profiles four famous cases from the past; killers and their victims are brought to life by elaborate dramatized reconstructions. The program will span four centuries and seven countries to...
America Before Columbus
History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there. America wasn’t exactly a New World, but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals and causeways. The English brought honeybees to the Americas for honey, but the bees pollinated...
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Treasure Quest: Black Swan
In May 2007, Odyssey announced the discovery of the "Black Swan," a Colonial period site located in the Atlantic Ocean. Yielding over 500,000 silver coins weighing more than 17 tons, hundreds of gold coins, worked gold, and other artifacts, it is believed that this recovery constitutes the largest collection of coins ever excavated from a deep-ocean site. Odyssey Marine Exploration has completed an extensive pre-disturbance archaeological survey of the "Black Swan" site, including recording over 14,000 digital...
100 Years of Silence
One hundred years ago, the Herero people of Namibia were nearly exterminated by German colonial soldiers in what has become known as the first genocide of the 20th century. In the colonial period, the Herero men, women and children of Namibia were rounded up like cattle and put into Germany’s first ever concentration camps. Four years later, three-quarters of the entire Herero nation had perished at the hands of German colonialists. The Nazis used the experiences from the German Konzentration Camps...
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The Wehrmacht
Hitler's army thundered through Europe from 1939 to 1945 and brought needless death and destruction to the continent. What was it like to serve in this army? What was it like to conduct one of the bloodiest wars in history? What was it like to occupy half of Europe and yet to suffer total defeat? This five-part portrait provides long-awaited answers to questions such as these and sheds light on the Wehrmacht's complex bonds of loyalty, conscience and honour. It is a thought-provoking story of an army's...
The Auschwitz Albums
The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier. The photos were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944, either by Ernst Hofmann or by Bernhard Walter, two SS men whose task was to take ID photos and fingerprints of the inmates (not of the Jews who were sent directly to the gas chambers). The photos show the arrival of Hungarian Jews from...
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D.M. BENNETT: THE TRUTH SEEKER
One hour documentary, awarded the Grand Prize for Best Feature Length Film at the 2011 Portland Humanist Film Festival – chronicles the life of publisher D.M. Bennett (1818-1882). D.M. Bennett was nineteenth-century America's most controversial and unjustly imprisoned editor of the "blasphemous" New York City freethought periodical THE TRUTH SEEKER. Written, produced, and directed by Roderick Bradford, author of the biography D.M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker (Prometheus Books). Edited by Tom Flynn at the Center...
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The Real West
Boom Towns to Ghost Towns Historians explain dirtier, less glamorous side of America’s wild west. A great look into what life was really like in the lawless boom...