The Prisoner (1952) and the perpetrator in early post-war British television

Jordan, James (2011) The Prisoner (1952) and the perpetrator in early post-war British television. Holocaust Studies, 17, (2-3), Autumn Issue, 207-229.


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Since its post-war resumption in 1946, British television has presented a remarkable range of factual and fictional Holocaust perpetrators. This essay considers some of the earliest of those images, moving backwards from the early 1960s to the 1950s. It focuses on the output of the BBC and the content and impact of the 1952 drama The Prisoner. Set in contemporary Israel, this play provoked outrage among British Jewry for its depiction of an Israeli government minister who was also a Nazi sympathiser and Jewish perpetrator. This controversy is explored using production files, newspaper reports and the surviving script of the play.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1750-4902 (print)
2048-4887 (electronic)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions : Faculty of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 337796
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