This Friday marks the 60th anniversary of a defining moment in modern history, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union which kicked the War in Europe and the Holocaust into high gear. The History Channel is running a six-part series on the Holocaust. It started last night and continues the rest of the week. If you think you've seen all this before, I beg to differ. Since most of the Holocaust was perpetrated in areas that would become, after the war, "behind the Iron Curtain", there are materials and accounts that are only now being seen in the West. In the first two episodes last night, there was all kinds of never-before-broadcast video, a lot of it in color. There were also harrowing accounts by Jews, Germans, and other combatants. Some of the Germans were abjectly apologetic over what they had seen and done, others remain stubbornly defiant in their denial. The most chilling aspect for me was how much the Nazis relied on collaborators to take care of much of their dirty work. One story was especially disturbing. When Stalin's minions in the secret police fled the Ukraine ahead of the invading Germans, they killed thousands of political prisoners right in their jail cells. When the Nazis arrived, they managed to convince the non-Jewish Ukrainians that the Jews had committed this horror. The resulting pogrom resulted in the murder of thousands of Jews -- by their neighbors. The grainy black-and-white video of these neighbor-on-neighbor atrocities was exceptionally sad and powerful. With almost all original programming taking the summer off, this fresh take on a frequently visited subject is great (if disturbing) viewing. Check it out (if you have the stomach for reality TV). Rob ------------------ "That suits me down to the ground."