May 09, 2005 12:00 PM

DOCUMENTARY

MTV (Wed., May 4, 8 p.m. ET)

[STARS 3]

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.

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