Inheritance follows Nazi’s daughter’s meeting with one of her father’s victims

Last night, PBS debuted Inheritance, a documentary about the daughter of a Nazi who finds one of his victims. It will repeat on most PBS stations, but between today and Jan. 4, the full film can be viewed online.

Monika Hertwig is the daughter of Plaszow concentration camp commander Amon Goeththe, and PBS says that after she “spent her life in the shadow of her father’s sins,” so she “seeks out Helen Jonas, who was enslaved by Goeth and who is one of the few living eyewitnesses to his unspeakable brutality.” Their film focuses on their meeting.

Director James Moll said in a PBS interview that his documentary “raises questions about what our parents did and how we each carry with us the consequences of our parents’ actions. Monika says in the beginning of the film that every father who is in a war should think about their actions, because their children are going to have to live with whatever it is they do. For me, the film looks at how our actions will affect our children and our children’s children.”

Here’s the trailer:

P.O.V.: Inheritance [PBS]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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