The BBC has teamed up with the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to create a special edition of the Antiques Roadshow to look at artefacts from the Holocaust and explore the extraordinary stories behind them.
The episode is set to air in January 2017.
In a rare break with tradition the BBC has decided that items will not be valued for this on-time episode. The reason for this is because many of the artefacts in this special edition are of such historical importance, it makes them priceless.
The programme will also include footage from interviews conducted by TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and recorded by the UK Holocaust Memorial Fund. These interviews will uncover untold stories and belongings from over 100 British Holocaust survivors and camp liberators. The vast majority of these stories will be told for the first time.
Kaplinsky is herself the granddaughter of Jews who fled the Nazis. In a 2007 episode of the BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” the presenter discovered that some of her family on her father’s side were killed by the Nazis in the massacre of the Slonim ghetto. It is her taking part in this TV series that inspired her to educate future generations about the Holocaust.
The BBC is inviting anyone who has a story or artefacts from the Holocaust to contact them using the email: [email protected]
We pray that many will be blessed by this special episode of one of Britain’s best loved shows.