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(NBC, 4/16/1978 to 4/19/1978, 3 Parts, 9 1/2 hours). Chosen as the Outstanding Limited Series (1977-78) at Emmy Award time, this landmark original drama about two German families that are affected by events between 1935 and 1945 rivaled “Roots” in its impact on viewers in this country and sparked controversy throughout Europe as it premiered on television in one country after another. Gerald Green also won an Emmy Award for his teleplay about a Jewish family’s desperate fight for survival and the parallel story of a young German lawyer, a family friend, who rises to power as an influential Nazi official. Michael Moriarty (the lawyer), Meryl Streep (the Catholic girl who marries into the Jewish family), and onetime sex symbol Carroll Baker’s daughter, Blanche (making her acting debut as the family’s youngest daughter who becomes a Nazi victim after going mad following an assault), won Emmys for their performances, as did Marvin Chomsky for his direction, Morton Gould for his music score and Peggy Farrell and Edith Almoslino for their costumes. Emmy nominations (16 in all) also were given to Fritz Weaver, Rosemary Harris, Sam Wanamaker, David Warner and Tovah Feldshuh, as well as production designer Wilfrid J. Shingleton and supervising editor Stephen A. Rotter.

Production Company Titus Productions. Director Marvin J. Chomsky. Executive Producer Herbert Brodkin. Producer Robert ‘Buzz’ Berger. Teleplay Gerald Green. Photography Brian West. Music Morton Gould. Supervising Editor Stephen A. Rotter. Production Designer Wilfrid J. Shingleton. Art Directors Jurgen Kiebach, Theo Harisch. Associate Producer Pia I. Arnold. Production Executive Thomas DeWolfe, Bruce S. Pustin.

Cast Tom Bell (Adolph Eichmann), Joseph Bottoms (Rudi Weiss), Tovah Feldshuh (Helena Slomova), Marius Goring (Herr Palitz), Rosemary Harris (Berta Weiss), Anthony Haygarth (Heinz Muller), Ian Holm (Heinrich Himmler), Lee Montague (Uncle Sasha), Michael Moriarty (Erik Dorf), Deborah Norton (Marta Dorf), George Rose (Lowy), Robert Stephens (Uncle Kurt Dorf), Meryl Streep (Inga Helms Weiss), Sam Wanamaker (Moses Weiss), David Warner (Reinhard Heydrich), Fritz Weaver (Josef Weiss), James Woods (Karl Weiss), Sean Arnold (Hoefle), John Bailey. (Hans Frank), Blanche Baker (Anna Weiss), Kate Jaenicke (Frau Lowy), Charles Korvin (Dr. Kohn), Michael Beck (Hans Helms), John Collin (Rahm), David Daker (Rudolph Hoess), Vernon Dobtcheff (Karp), Edward Hardwicke (Biberstein), Nigel Hawthorne (Oldendorf), Werner Kreindl (Herr Helms), Stanley Lebore (Zalman), Jeremy Levy (Aaron), T.P. McKenna (Colonel Blobel), Hans Meyer (Ernst Kaltenbrunner), Nora Minor (Frau Palitz), Irene Prador (Maria Kalona), George Pravda (Felscher), Oscar Quitak (Tesch), Osman Ragheb (Levin), John Rees (Col. Arthur Nebe), Llewellyn Rees (Father Lichtenberg), Toby Salaman (Kovel), Murray Salem (Anslavitz), Nina Sandt (Frau Helms), Cyril Shaps (Weinberg), Robert Sherman (Cassidy), Gabor Vernon (Rabbi Samuel), Peter Vogel (Frey).

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