Monday, September 19, 2022


Infuriating to find PBS bumping the second episode of The U.S. and the Holocaust for a ninety-minute recap of QEII’s funeral service.

And at 8:30, instead of showing tonight’s (second) episode of The U.S. and the Holocaust, PBS is showing last night’s episode again. No explanation needed, apparently.

All three episodes are streaming, so we’re watching the second episode via the link above.

comments: 5

Daughter Number Three said...

I wondered what was going on! I thought it was supposed to be on last night. Assumed I had misunderstood. Pfft.

By the way... the Mendelsohn family who are part of episode 2 (looking for their lost relations in Ukraine / former Poland)... one of the brothers is a friend of mine from college. He's a photographer, and has been posting his photos to his Facebook page. I haven't seen the episode yet, so I don't know yet how they are shown.

Michael Leddy said...

They pushed everything back by a day, so part two airs tonight. I have tried hard not to comment on PBS’s hopeless Anglophilia, but now I just did.

There are many photographs related to the Mendelsohn family, but I don’t think there are any from a contemporary photographer. I know about Daniel Mendelsohn mostly because of his writing in The New Yorker and his book about reading the Odyssey with his father. And now I see he has a book devoted to finding out what became of his family members, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million.

Daughter Number Three said...

Yes, I guess it was part of the research for the book The Lost: Daniel and his siblings traveled to the town where their uncle and his family had lived before they were taken by the Nazis. My friend Matt took photos of the people and places they saw during the trip. I don't know if any of them are in the book or not — from some of the comments on his Facebook post it sounds like maybe, but the reproduction is better in the Facebook post (!).

Daughter Number Three said...

I just found out that some of the photos I was referring to are posted on Matt Mendelsohn's site. He doesn't have the accompanying captions that he posted to Facebook (which were great... especially about the one of the man going down the stairs and the with his sister in the foreground breaking into tears), but they're visually arresting on their own. (That's a Twitter-abbreviated link his sister posted.)

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, Pat.