Living in the Shadow of WWII

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season

Living in the Shadow of WWII is a historical documentary series produced by Total Content Digital that investigates and documents the experiences of individuals, families, communities, and nations who lived through, and survived World War II. The show explores the profound and enduring impact of the war on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and the complexities of rebuilding, restoring and reconciling nations and communities torn apart by the ravages of war.

The show is composed of eight episodes, with each installment focusing on particular topics or aspects of the war that contributed to its lasting, transformative effect. The episodes include: "The Blitz and the Bombs," "The Holocaust," "Internment," "Enigma and Codebreaking," "The Pacific Theater," "Collaboration and Resistance," "The Atomic Bomb," and "The Lessons Learned."

Living in the Shadow of WWII features a range of narratives, voices, and perspectives from historians, survivors, experts, and eyewitnesses to the war's aftermath. Through interviews, archival footage, and reenactments, the series provides a compelling and immersive portrait of what life was like during the war, the struggles and triumphs of those who survived, and the long-term legacy of the conflict.

The first episode, "The Blitz and the Bombs," examines the impact of the bombing campaigns on civilian populations in Britain from September 1940 to May 1941. The episode chronicles the experiences of individuals and families who lived through the worst of the bombing, the evacuation of children, and the resilience and bravery of those who responded to the call of duty.

The second episode, "The Holocaust," explores the Nazi's horrific genocide of six million Jews, as well as other marginalized communities. The episode details the experiences of Holocaust survivors and their families, and the impact of this atrocity on Jewish communities worldwide.

The third episode, "Internment," focuses on the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States during the war. The episode examines the reasons behind the internment, the impact it had on those interned and their families, and the legacy of the injustice.

The fourth episode, "Enigma and Codebreaking," discusses the role that intelligence played in the war. The episode chronicles the British efforts to break the German Enigma code, the contributions of mathematician Alan Turing, and the impact these efforts had on the outcome of the war.

The fifth episode, "The Pacific Theater," examines the war in the Pacific, focusing on the experiences of soldiers and civilians in places such as Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa. The episode also explores the use of the atomic bomb in Japan and the aftermath of its use.

The sixth episode, "Collaboration and Resistance," looks at the ways in which individuals and communities responded to the occupation of their countries by the Axis powers. The episode examines the idea of collaboration, resistance, and the legacy of these varied responses.

The seventh episode, "The Atomic Bomb," delves into the decision to use atomic bombs against Japan, the debates surrounding the use of nuclear weapons, and the consequences of their use.

The final episode, "The Lessons Learned," considers the long-term legacy of the war and its aftermath. The episode examines the ways in which societies rebuilt, reconciled, and tried to learn from the past.

Overall, Living in the Shadow of WWII is a compelling historical documentary series that provides insightful and empathetic portraits of individuals and communities affected by the war, using a mix of archival footage, interviews, and reenactments, the series offers an immersive and comprehensive understanding of one of the most transformative events in modern history.

Living in the Shadow of WWII is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2017.

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Happy Days
3. Happy Days
January 1, 2017
Every nation involved in the Second World War recognized that the morale of the population was vital. Everywhere a great effort was made to offer entertainment, diversion and the reassurance that the cause was just and victory certain. Radio and cinema were great mass communicators. We see some of the performers and productions that helped to lighten the darkness of living in the shadow of war.
Turn That Light Out
2. Turn That Light Out
January 1, 2017
Total war extends the battlefields - in the Second World War, for the first time, civilian casualties far outnumbered those of military personnel. A significant proportion were victims of the bombing campaigns by both sides. What was the effect of living through "the Blitz", what precautions were taken, what forms of shelter were constructed? We hear and see stories of the evacuation.
Daily Bread
1. Daily Bread
January 1, 2017
The most fundamental need of a society is a reliable food supply. During WW2, every combatant nation introduced a form of rationing, but that was only the start of keeping the population fed. From substitute ingredients and ersatz recipes to digging-up golf courses and football pitches to increase agricultural output - we see the memories of those who queued, scrounged and dug for victory.
Where to Watch Living in the Shadow of WWII
Living in the Shadow of WWII is available for streaming on the Total Content Digital website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Living in the Shadow of WWII on demand at Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2017