Chosen as the Outstanding Limited Series (1977-78) at Emmy Award time, this 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 one-time 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.
Gotz Von Langheim
May A Capsaskis
Aired in United States April 16, 1978
Released in United States on Video May 4, 1994