MTV (Wed., May 4, 8 p.m. ET)
A haunting documentary about the Holocaust—on MTV? It makes sense because this victim’s-eye view of Nazi genocide is for and about the young.
Director Lauren Lazin (Tupac: Resurrection) evokes the nightmarish time with stark visuals while a cast of new-generation stars—including Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy and Joaquin Phoenix—reads diary entries by young people caught up in the terror. Most of them did not survive, and the film gives us a sense of what the world lost when these lives were cut short. What we don’t need are the didactic opening and closing remarks of Scrubs star Zach Braff.