Two documentaries review Holocaust

TODAY'S TV

April 25, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Marking the annual Days of Remembrance (April 24-30), two highly personal documentaries profile people who survived Hitler's concentration camps. And a look-back Barbara Walters special chronicles the problems some celebrities have with fame.

* "Triumph of the Spirit" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This local production from Baltimore film producers Ed Reahl and Arleen Weiner tells the story of the Holocaust through the experiences of three female survivors: Baltimorean Deli Strummer, Renee Fritz of Hartford, Conn., and Alice Cahana of Houston. WMAR.

* "The Tower" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- You've heard of sick buildings? The high-rise office structure in this 1993 TV movie is downright malevolent. "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser and Susan Norman are trapped inside the robot building, whose computer security devices are on full alert. Fox.

* "Frontline" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- After 20 years in exile, during which he won a Nobel Prize for his writings about the repressionist Soviet regime, writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia last May. In "The Homecoming," viewers can see what he found. PBS.

* "Marker" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channels 20, 54) -- The drama series with Richard Greico as a Hawaiian private eye moves to an hour-later slot, with an episode guest-starring Cynda Williams as a journalist being threatened by a corrupt politician. UPN.

* Barbara Walters Special" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Some pretty famous people -- including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Roseanne, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Carson and Sharon Stone -- talk with Barbara Walters about some of the consequences of being celebrities. ABC.

* "Diamonds in the Snow" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The maker of this film, Mira Reym Binford, was among a small group of children in Bendzin, Poland, who were hidden from the Nazis by sympathetic Christian families. Although a filmmaker for years, she says she did not tackle the Holocaust as a subject until she turned 50 and realized: "Survivors were dying, memories were fading. . . . I had run out of excuses." PBS.

Cable

* "HBO Comedy Hour: The 1995 Young Comedians Show" (9:45 p.m.-11 p.m., HBO) -- Garry Shandling ("The Larry Sanders Show") is the host of a live telecast of an annual production that has previously brought important notice to such top-flight comics as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Shandling himself.

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