- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In the West, the TV Series was seen as a dated production by the time Schindler's List and Shoah came out (around ten years later), but in Germany, it was regarded as a sensation and an event and made many German people explore the traumatic period and their historical responsibility. In the words of The Other Wiki:
"With an estimated viewership of up to 15 million households, the miniseries turned out to be extremely popular during its initial airing, leading to an increased public interest in the crimes committed during the Nazi era. The series was watched by 20 million people, or 50 percent of West Germany's population, and it first brought the matter of the genocide during World War II to widespread public attention in a way that it never was before. There was a companion show where a panel of historians could answer questions from people phoning in. The historian's panels were overwhelmed with thousands of phone calls from shocked and outraged Germans. The German historian Alf Lüdtke wrote that the historians "could not cope" as they were faced with thousands of angry phone-callers asking how these things could happen."
- Moral Event Horizon: Dorf crosses this when he has Karl tortured.
- Retroactive Recognition: Meryl Streep, James Woods, and Michael Moriarty are the main stars of the mini-series, with Streep in particular filming the mini-series as the project she did before doing Kramer vs. Kramer, which launched her career.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The series was criticized when it was first announced and many critics were appalled at the thought of a TV network doing a mini-series about the Holocaust. The producers countered by saying that this was something that should be told to the public, because of the fact that the sheer horror of the holocaust was such that we cannot forget it so that we can ensure it never happens again...