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The Siege of Leningrad
In 1941, Hitler ordered the German Army to invade Russia. The Nazis raced across Russia's heartland until they reached Leningrad - the cradle of the Bolshevik Revolution. But the city did not fall quickly to Hitler's troops. Instead it resisted. The siege of Leningrad began on September 8, 1941 and…
Above and Beyond - The Escape of Jewish-American B-17 Pilots in WWII
The Incredible Escape of Jewish-American B-17 Pilot Bruce Sundlun from Nazi-Occupied Europe in World War II. During overseas active duty beginning in June 1943 Bruce Sundlun, a Jewish-American college student, served as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in the England-based 384th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force at Grafton-Underwood…
The Night of Broken Glass
After seizing power, the Nazis began their crusade against Jews with discriminatory laws and the looting of property; they turned to violence openly in what has come to be known as Kristallnacht: the night of broken glass. In November 1938 German soldiers set on fire some 400 synagogues and destroyed…
A Deadly Calling
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
Episode Three "A Deadly Calling" November 1943-June 1944 In fall 1943, after almost two years of war, the American public is able to see for the first time the terrible toll the war is taking on its troops when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed…
9/11 B&B Guestbook
This half-hour documentary, shot at a bed and breakfast four hours Northwest of New York City, captures the reactions of guests to the September 11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath. Regular people, many of whom witnessed the World Trade Center attacks in New York City, describe where they were, what…
Fuhrer Cult and Megalomania
"Even the pyramids," Hitler told his protege, architect Albert Speer, "will be dwarfed by the stone and concrete masses I plan to erect." By early in the twentieth century Nuremberg was regarded as the most anti-Semitic city in Europe. By 1929 Hitler had decided to make Nuremberg the "City of…
Child of the Forest
Yona Bromberg recalls the German invasion of her hometown of Rokitna, in Poland as she was herded, along with the rest of her family, to the village market. "My family and all other Jews in Rokitna", she explains. "Once on the village market the SS surrounded the building with uniformed…
912 Days of The Warsaw Ghetto
The Warsaw Ghetto 1940-1943 is documentary project that features three films. The main film is 912 Days of the Warsaw Ghetto (37 min.), and the two short ones are Children in the Ghetto and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. These films were created for the Jewish Historical Institute as part of its…
The Ghost Front
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
Episode Six "The Ghost Front" December 1944-March 1945 By December 1944, Americans have become weary of the war their young men have been fighting for three long years; the stream of newspaper headlines telling of new losses and telegrams bearing bad news from the War Department seem endless and unendurable.…
The Top Secret Trials of the Third Reich
In August of 1944, the trial began of the men who conspired to assassinate the Fuhrer (the subject of the Tom Cruise film Valkyrie). Under orders from Joseph Goebbels, cameras were hidden in the courtroom, and soon thereafter a propaganda film was released to the public. Unfortunately for the Nazis,…
Last Flight to Berlin
This very personal and moving film documents filmmaker Robert Linnell's attempt to make sense of his father's death in combat during World War II. Linnell never knew his father. His father never knew him. Robert was but two months old when his father Lloyd Linnell, the pilot of a heavy…
Blood and Iron: The Story of the German War Machine Episode 1-3
A three part mini-series showing the development of German industrial might throughout the 20th century and how Germany became a central foe of Western powers in the world wars that dominated the first half of 20th century life. In Episode 1 THE GREAT WAR COMES takes the viewer back to…