... to horrific staged police interrogations, where exes and their new beaus got slapped around by actors in cop uniforms and thought they were going to wind up in an unmarked grave in the wilderness.
Geez, what's wrong with renting a Ferrari and "casually" driving by your old flame's house a hundred times to make sure they see you? Sometimes the old ways are the best.
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Czechia's Holiday In The Protectorate Was Set During The Nazi Occupation
For a brief period there, historical reality shows were all the rage. The Czech Republic wanted to get in on the action, but what fascinating part of their proud historical legacy could potential contestants relive? The Holy Roman Empire? Artistic Bohemia during the 19th century? The 1938 Nazi occupation? It's the last one, isn't it?
Holiday In The Protectorate referenced the brief-lived Nazi puppet state Czechoslovakia was turned into from 1938 to 1945. And for two months in 2015, a family of reality show contestants relived it all. They were put in a remote backwater built to resemble the living conditions of a Nazi-occupied village. Not only did they have to do all the regular old-timey chores, like milk cows and churn butter, but they also had to build an air raid shelter and beg for rations while actors dressed like the Gestapo routinely kicked down their doors and searched the barn for rebels. If the family managed to survive two months under the yoke of fascism, they won $40,000. All in good fun!
Czech TelevisionThey also received an automatic pardon from the Hague for any war crimes they committed during the show.
The Times Of Israel summed up the problem pretty well: "Fortunately, for the family, they will not be treated like the 82,309 Jews who lived in the protectorate." Though another critic feared the exact opposite: "What are they going to do next? Big Brother Auschwitz?" We assume the producers chuckled at the suggestion at first, then said, "Actually ..."
Czech Television"I came here to be a Nazi, not to make friends."
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