The dramatic re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto Jews' desperate attempts to defend themselves against Nazi extermination in April 1943, with about 650 members of the Jewish Fighting Organization fending off about 3,000 German soldiers to the final stand, with only a handful of Jews surviving. This fictionalized account, with Tom Conti in his American TV-movie debut as a disinterested, non-Jewish bystander who finally joins the resistance movement, and Rachel Roberts, who had died shortly after making this film in 1980, as a former teacher, was adapted by Millard Lampell from his Broadway play that was based on John Hersey's 1950 novel about the uprising. The film won the 1982 George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished programming.
Harry R Sherman
Aired in United States February 16, 1982