Conspiracy, HBO, May 19, 9 p.m. E.T.;

Anne Frank, ABC, May 20 and 21, 9 p.m. E.T.

Two inadvertent bookends explore the Holocaust from its deceptively mundane beginning to a heretofore unstaged end. Conspiracy re-enacts the 90-minute meeting in which silky-voiced SS bureaucrat Reinhard Heydrich (Kenneth Branagh) gently bullies a roomful of Nazi functionaries into accepting the Final Solution as a fait accompli. A bloodless yet brutal testament to the violence of euphemism and groupthink--eerily indistinguishable from any middle managers' meeting--it is the banality of evil brought unignorably to life.

Night One of Anne Frank, based on Melissa Muller's 1998 biography, is a familiar depiction of the beloved diarist and her family's life in the secret annex. But...

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