NOVA: Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Wednesday, April 19, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 & Tuesday, April 25, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

In the heart of Lithuania, what is now a peaceful forest called Ponar was once Ground Zero for Hitler’s Final Solution. Here, before death camps and gas chambers, the Nazis shot as many as 100,000 people, mostly Jews, in systematic executions, and then hid the evidence of the mass murder.

In June 2016, NOVA joined an international team of archeologists on an expedition to locate the last traces of a vanished people: the Jews of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, known in colloquial Yiddish as Vilna. In the process, they made an extraordinary find — a hidden escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners at the Ponar death pits.

In a powerful new film, Holocaust Escape Tunnel, NOVA reveals the dramatic discovery and shares incredible stories from the descendants of this unique group of Holocaust survivors. The documentary takes viewers on a scientific quest to unveil the secret history of Vilna and shed light on a nearly forgotten chapter of the Holocaust.