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Killing the Count

The story of Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden and how he rescued concentration camp inmates from Germany during WWII.

Last updated: 13 Jun 2014 11:51
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Al Jazeera’s two-part documentary Killing the Count examines the eventful life of Count Folke Bernadotte, head of the Swedish Red Cross and a leading figure in the rescue of thousands of concentration camp prisoners in World War II.

Count Folke was appointed as UN Mediator in the first Arab-Israeli war, shortly before he was assassinated by Zionist extremists in 1948.

Part one : White buses

 

In part one of  Killing the Count , we explore the story of Count Folke Bernadotte’s efforts during World War II to help prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

Bernadotte negotiated the release of more than 30,000 prisoners, one third of them Jews, from German concentration camps, in an extraordinary humanitarian effort which would come to be known as the 'White Buses campaign'.

Part two : Mediation and Assassination

 

In part two we look at the appointment of the Count, three years later, as the United Nation's first mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his assassination four months later in September 1948 by Zionist extremists during an official visit to Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera's documentary offers unique insight into his life and death, including accessing family and film archives never seen before.

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Killing the Count can be seen at the following times GMT: 12 June 20:00, 13 June 12:00, 14 June 01:00, 15 June 06:00, 16 June 20:00, 17 June 12:00, 18 June 01:00 19 June 06:00

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