Secrets of the Dead

PBS | 9:00 pm

The new episode "Bombing Auschwitz" revisits a tense dilemma that arose in 1944, after a pair of Jewish prisoners managed to escape from Auschwitz and subsequently blew the whistle on the horrors being enacted on the prisoners held there. When news reached the Allies, there was serious discussion about bombing the camp, a position passionately supported by War Refugee Board director John Pehle (portrayed in re-enactments by Daniel Caltagirone). Others argued such a move could well kill the Jewish prisoners they were trying to save.