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How could a political party as fundamentally evil and overtly racist as the Nazis come to power? This remains one of the most enigmatic questions of the last century. Acclaimed historian Laurence Rees examines what led a cultured nation at the heart of Europe to commit the atrocities it did. In so doing, he exposes popular myths and encourages understanding of the real forces that led to one of the darkest chapters in modern history. Was it simply the hypnotic power of Hitler's rhetoric? Did the Gestapo really impose themselves by terror on an unwilling population? Through interviews with witnesses and perpetrators, along with archive film and records, this six-part series unveils a more chilling reality.]]>
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Disc one contains the episodes 'Helped into Power,' 'Chaos and Consent,' and 'The Wrong War.' The first episode covers the historical background that gave rise to the Nazi Party, starting with the humiliation of losing WWI and the skyrocketing inflation and demilitarisation that resulted, and going on to how this minor insignificant party would, within the span of a decade, become as large and powerful as it became, and how it eventually won almost unanimous support. The second episode deals with the true chaotic inner-workings of the Nazi Party, showing that beneath their veneer of order, they were really disorganised and unmotivated leaders, spending more time on infighting (much of it encouraged by Hitler) and playing around than conducting serious business.Read more ›
Episode 4, "The Wild East," I found particularly thought provoking. Its portrayal of Gauleiter Arthur Grieser is disturbing and truly "A warning from history."
I highly recommend this series.
The Nazis - A Warning from History" sadly suffers from the same faults of most documentaries about the Nazis. It simply looks at the conditions that were prevalent in Germany, acknowledges the inequity of the treaty of Versailles, but fails to give all important perspective. Anti-semitism was not especially prevalent in Germany. France expelled the Jews hundreds of years prior and at the turn of the century had the Dryfus affair which exposed rampant french Antisemitism. Anti-Jew riots were still a annual occurrence around Europe. Germany only had such a large Jewish population because it was comparatively a very tolerant country!
More importantly, the documentary totally fails to appreciate how the allies very directly enabled the rise of the Nazi party. Towards the end of the war allied propaganda logically targeted German groups they thought less interested in fighting: Jews, Communists, Intelligentsia, Trade Unionists and Socialists.
The propaganda heavily played upon Wilson's 14 points. It was produced and spread by French, American and British agents. Groups in Germany which agitated for peace did so in good faith with the belief that these promises of a lenient peace would be upheld. They did so believing it was best for the country they truly loved and indeed fought for: Germany.
Of course, we know what happened. In America's case its forgivable, as they actually intended honor these promises. But France and England had no such intent, and brutally exploited the good will of these minority groups.Read more ›
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The Nazis lived a lie, killed millions of innocent people, may there never be another world war, if there is it will be the last one on this small planet!Published 3 months ago by Ronald E. Hall
What struck me about the DVD is the unapologetic and at times arrogant attitude of the Germans interviewed for the film,the victims of course take a different view but the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven R. Horsley
Should be a must see in every high school in this country. Hitler did not take over the Germans, including the military did. Rees documentary is top notch, scary, and a must seePublished 9 months ago by Linda Crowe
good documentary with much footage I have not seen before in other series.Published 9 months ago by Rev. William J. Stang
Very detailed and unvarnished inside look at how the Third Reich eveolved. I bought it because I wanted to get a more "advanced take" on the introduction I received from... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Troy
Perfect history lesson. Better than though stupid reality tv showsPublished 12 months ago by Richard Andrade