Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood : Blood and War (2002)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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"Blood and War" (Part 2) explores the boost the 20th century's two world wars gave to the science of blood transfusion. It was, says narrator Kathryn Walker, "a lifesaving legacy of an era of death and destruction." The hour also looks at some darker sides, including the segregation of donors (and their blood) by race in the U.S.; and the Nazis' linking of "blood and soil," and the pseudo science that flowed from it. But it backfired on the Nazis, who collected blood only from "Aryans" to give to their wounded soldiers: They were chronically short of blood supplies because there were never enough "Aryans" available to donate.