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This six-part series tells the story of the Auschwitz Death Camp, site of the largest mass murder in the history of the world. Writer Laurence Rees and his team interviewed over 100 eyewitnesses, including former Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their story is brought to life through the innovative use of archived footage, dramatic recreations of key moments, computer reconstructions based on recently discovered plans of the camp, and their extraordinary testimony. This will be the definitive television history of Auschwitz and the Nazi State.
More than any previous documentary about the Holocaust, Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State reveals the inner workings of the Nazi implementation of Hitler's infamous "final solution." Drawing on the latest academic discoveries, this remarkable BBC series presents a wide-ranging, meticulously researched biography of the titular "killing factory" and its evolution into a highly efficient location for industrialized extermination of well over one million Jews, gypsies, and other so-called "mongrel races" between 1940 and 1945. From "Surprising Beginnings" to "Liberation & Revenge," the six-chapter program chronicles the gradual process that escalated into the Holocaust, focusing its expansive European timeline on the detailed movements of preeminent (and highly corruptible) Holocaust engineers like Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Höss, and "death doctor" Josef Mengele. Through painstakingly authentic reenactments of crucial meetings including the Wannsee Conference (where the "final solution" was secretly devised), we see and hear the Nazi thought processes, built on virulent hatred and bigotry, that "justified" mass murder on an unprecedented scale.
Subtle but exacting use of computer-animated effects allows three-dimensional exploration of newly discovered architectural plans and buildings long-ago destroyed, revealing the transformation of Auschwitz as World War II progressed. Along with rare archival footage, thorough documentation, and frank testimony from Holocaust survivors and Nazi perpetrators (not all of them penitent about their crimes), these programs make expert use of commanding narration by Oscar®-winning actress Linda Hunt, who brings depth and gravitas to a grim litany of sobering facts and figures. The result is an all-encompassing portrait of Auschwitz unlike anything seen before, masterfully written and produced by Laurence Rees with equal parts tenacity, intelligence, and integrity, informed by an overriding sense of moral outrage that is entirely appropriate to the history being examined. It's a remarkable achievement, as important as Shoah as a definitive exploration of one of the darkest chapters in human history. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
I have seen this series probably about 6 or 7 times in its entirety. It is an excellent, factual documentary about what happened at Auschwitz, starting from the beginning until... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ladyx
I recently visited Auschwitz and Birkenau so this is of particular interest to me. It's excellent and portrays most of what I saw in May 2015.Published 2 months ago by Katherine Young
Given the subject of this documentary, it is difficult to say "I Love It", as the 5-star rating indicates. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Ryland
Well made and interesting documentary. All adults should watch this and learn more about the Holocaust.Published 4 months ago by Elchrys
Too bad that we didn't finish developing the atomic bomb/s quick enough to drop them on Germany! The German people have SO much to feel guilty about!Published 4 months ago by F.R. Kelly
If You Are a World War II Buff Like I Am This is a Must Documentary Especially About the Concentration Camps, I Should Know I've Visited About Thirty of Them OMG!!!!!Published 4 months ago by Raymond G. Di Noi
The Dvd was great I had the companion book, and went and read Rudolph Hoes auto biography because of it.Published 4 months ago by Dale H. Myrum
Auschwitz Inside the Nazi State is a 2005 documentary written and produced by Laurence Rees and narrated by Linda Hunt. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Movie/Book Nerd