We know, of course, about the glorious history of the BBC - how millions in Nazi-occupied Europe kept their sanity by listening to BBC radio. How the BBC chronicled British and American set-backs as well as victories, thereby creating a lifeline of trust in a world full of lies. How men, women and children who were hunted mercilessly by day, took heart each night when they heard the familiar sound of Big Ben on their home-made crystal-set radios, crackling with background static, and sighed with relief when that reassuring British voice said, âThis is the BBC.â It signified that all was not yet lost, that they might live another day. As the end of the war neared, the BBC played its part as a forum for discussing the post-war order, preparing the way for the post-war welfare state. BBC microphones were on hand to record first-hand accounts of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. There was an irony here, despite knowing about Nazi mass murder of Jews well before 1942, the BBC failed to publicise the Holocaust, playing along instead with the Ministry of Information's emphasis on Nazi atrocities against Poles. It was felt that 'far from prompting sympathy among the British public' an emphasis on the persecution of Jews 'would instead arouse its latent anti-Semitism'. Hundreds of thousands of Europeans tuned in to BBC World Service, expecting a truthful account of the course of the war. Many Jewish communities had yet to fall under Nazi occupation; they would have had a chance to escape had the truth been told. Questions remained like why did British governments from 1933 to 1945 deny Europe's Jews a place of refuge?Why did the British government and its mouthpiece, the BBC, suppress news about mass executions of Jews, or their failure to air the Warsaw Rising of 1944?