David Baddiel to investigate insidious Holocaust denial in new BBC documentary

The film, made by Wall to Wall Media, will attempt to answer fundamental questions including why is Holocaust Denial growing and what does this tell us about anti-Semitism.Abigail Priddle, Commissioning Editor, said: “David Baddiel’s intelligence and integrity make him the perfect person to author this film and underlines our commitment to our audience to tackle the most challenging and complex subjects.”  David Baddiel has warned of “more insidious” Holocaust denial ahead of a new documentary he hopes will keep the memory of survivors alive. “I’ve always had a dark fascination with Holocaust Denial,” Mr Baddiel said.“The fact that since it happened (indeed whilst it was happening) forces have tried to undermine one of the most well-documented truths of history seems to me a key battleground in the fight between truth and lies.” The documentary, titled Holocaust Denial: A History with David Baddiel, will air on BBC Two in early 2020 to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.According to a survey commissioned earlier this year by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, five per cent of British adults say they do not believe the Holocaust happened. Mr Baddiel, whose mother was a refugee of Nazi Germany, has described himself as a “Jewish atheist”.    The north Londoner said: “As the last survivors, including those in my own family, begin to pass away, and with them, living memory of The Holocaust, I’m grateful to the BBC for allowing me to explore this complex subject, in all its difficulty and darkness.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is not the first time Mr Baddiel has tackled difficult subjects head-on. Two years ago he spearheaded a debate on racism in football, campaigning to stop fans using a derogatory term for Jew in football anthems. The FA denounced the word following the nationwide debate.  read more