A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
In this episode of Great Railway Journeys of Europe, British historian Julian Davidson makes his way across Eastern Europe, beginning in Budapest, Hungary, and ending in Warsaw, Poland. Railroads have criss-crossed Eastern Europe since the first half of the 19th century, on the tail-end of the Industrial Revolution. As Julian describes, the railroads on his sprawling route north were built along medieval trade routes. They were also seized by Nazis and their allies, in the one-way transport of millions of Jews from Hungary in World War 2. Among his several city stops, Julian visits Krakow and Warsaw in Poland. I’m fascinated to see how train routing, design, and scheduling all reveal a society’s politics, social behaviors, and racism.
Produced by Anika Pilnei and Ian Cross
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