The Nazis: A Warning From History

Created on Saturday, 19 September 2009 14:22

The Nazis: A Warning from History is a 1997 BBC documentary film series that examines Adolf Hitler and the Nazis' rise to power, their zenith, their decline and fall and the consequences of their reign. It features archival footage and interviews with eye witnesses.

Part 1 – Helped Into Power  

Part 1 shows how the Nazi party was formed and how Adolf Hitler was able to rise to power. Interviewees include former Nazi party members and their opponents.

 

Part 2: Chaos And Consent

Part 2 examines how the Nazis consolidated power and how extreme and radical policies were formed and implemented, using the example of the euthanasia policy of Philipp Bouhler. The help given to the Gestapo by ordinary citizens is also explored and other events covered include Kristallnacht and remilitarization.

Interviewees are former Nazi officials, an army officer, a Jewish man and an inmate of an early concentration camp.

 

Part 3: The Wrong War

Part 3 traces the path to war with Great Britain and the alliance with the Soviet Union. Interviewees include former Nazi officials and diplomats.

 

Part 4: The Wild East

Part 4 examines Nazi rule and 'ethnic cleansing' in occupied Poland under Hans Frank, Albert Forster and Arthur Greiser. Interviewees include a Polish man who was subjected to 'Germanisation', an ethnic German who was resettled in Poland and a former Nazi official.

 

Part 5: The Road To Treblinka

Part 5 is an account of mass killings in occupied territories after the invasion of the Soviet Union. Interviewees include a former member of an execution squad and a survivor of the Treblinka extermination camp.

 

Part 6: Fighting To The End

Part 6 explores why Germany fought on when military defeat was inevitable. Interviewees include German soldiers and civilians.

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