I first saw this miniseries at the age of 14. As a young, black female, I had heard only bits and pieces about the Holocaust and really didn't understand the Nazi atrocities. That all changed after watching 8 hours of this miniseries. From that moment on, I developed an overwhelming sense of empathy for Jewish people and hatred of Nazism. My own race had suffered horribly during slavery but I had never heard of nor seen anything like the cruelty of Nazi Germany.
It is now 2004. I am watching a rebroadcast of the Holocaust. After all these years, it still ellicits strong emotions from me - tears, anger and fear. Yes, fear. Fear because something like this may happen again. Fear because antisemitism is growing throughout the world. Fear because people are trying to deny the truth of the holocaust.
This miniseries gives me hope though. Hope that people will never forget and never want to be a party to such inhumanity, cruelty and horror. The strong performances, historical accuracy, and excellent writing make this miniseries not only a great piece of filmmaking but also a piece of evidence that hopefully will keep any human being from treating another like a piece of garbage.