Exactly 24 years ago today, 1,200 prominent African Americans and Jewish Americans attended a screening at Manhattan’s Apollo Theater of the notorious PBS film “Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II,” which falsely claimed black GIs liberated Buchenwald (21,000 inmates) and Dachau (32,000 inmates), two of the largest concentration camps freed by the U.S. Army in the spring of 1945.
“Liberators” was directed by the late Williams Miles and Nina Rosenblum, and narrated by Denzel Washington, who recently, with unadulterated hypocrisy, complained about fake news while lecturing journalists about their duty “to tell the truth.”
The infamous evening in Harlem in 1992, broadcast in its entirety by WNET, PBS’s flagship in New York City, was actually a thinly-disguised campaign rally for Democratic Mayor David Dinkins, whose favorable rating with Jewish New Yorkers had plunged after his inexcusably inept handling of the anti-Semitic Crown Heights riots of August 1991, and who was facing a difficult rematch in November 1993 with Republican Rudy Giuliani. (Fortunately, for the city’s future, Giuliani won in a squeaker.) – READ MORE