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Bonhoeffer - An Anti-Nazi Dissident
As a young pastor, Bonhoeffer helped to organise the Confessing Church, Germany's only true organised challenge to the Nazi state. A prolific writer and acclaimed preacher, Bonhoeffer came to New York on a teaching fellowship and taught Sunday school in…
Hitler and the Charisma of Hatred
Part of the Series: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
BBC
Adolf Hitler was, arguably, the most extraordinary leader who has ever lived. He left behind a legacy of destruction without parallel in history. Yet there is a paradox at the heart of the story of Hitler: given his violent and…
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story, the result of a remarkable pairing between fiction and non-fiction filmmakers, depicts an even more remarkable relationship. Erika and Klaus Mann, the brilliant eldest children of German author Thomas Mann, claimed…
Germans and Jews
Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these…
The Russians Are Coming - Die Russen Kommen
Originally banned by Communist Authorities, Heiner Carow's semi-autobiographical film was not approved for final production. Officials argued it focused on an ordinary Nazi follower, rather than an antifascist hero, and that it was "contaminated with modernism." The film, which includes…
Ascent of Evil - The Story of Mein Kampf
Mein Kampf was an autobiographical manifesto written by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler while imprisoned following his 1923 failed coup attempt in Munich. In Mein Kampf, Hitler outlined his political ideology and goals for Germany. Today, Mein Kampf is still…
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…
The Architecture of Doom
Featuring never-before-seen film footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, The Architecture of Doom captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture. From Nazi party rallies to the…
Hitler and the Dark Charisma
Part of the Series: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
BBC
Adolf Hitler was, arguably, the most extraordinary leader who has ever lived. He left behind a legacy of destruction without parallel in history. Yet there is a paradox at the heart of the story of Hitler: given his violent and…
Career - Karriere
After officials banned The Russians Are Coming, Heiner Carow decided to use footage from the banned film as flashbacks in a new film. A few years after its release, however, the director vehemently distanced himself from its conformity to the…
The Dark Charisma of Hitler
Part of the Series: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
BBC
Adolf Hitler was, arguably, the most extraordinary leader who has ever lived. He left behind a legacy of destruction without parallel in history. Yet there is a paradox at the heart of the story of Hitler: given his violent and…
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 Reich Underground
HITLER'S SECRET LABYRINTHS EXPLORED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES Late in World War II, while Germany sustained relentless bombing by the Allies, the Nazis undertook a bold gambit to turn the war back in their favor. Building an extensive…
The Ghosts of the Third Reich
"Ghosts of the Third Reich" documents the poignant and anguished stories of descendants of the Nazis, who confront their family's past and communicate their most profound feelings of guilt by inheritance. These individuals, whose family members were supporters, officers, and…
The Ties That Bind - A Powerful Meditation on Political Responsibility and Personal Loss
'The Ties That Bind' is a powerful meditation on political responsibility and personal loss as seen through the story of the filmmaker's mother, who grew up in Nazi Germany. Using rare archival footage, extensive interviews and critical commentary, Friedrich constructs…
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Heinrich Himmler - Anatomy of a Mass Murder
Born into a Bavarian bourgeois family, Heinrich Himmler became the driving force behind the indescribable crimes that made the Nazi regime so unique in modern history. An early henchman of Hitler's, Himmler turned a small gang of thugs into a…
1945: The Savage Peace - Post-Holocaust Retalliation Against Germany
BBC
A powerful documentary revealing the appalling violence meted out to the defeated in 1945. Using rare and unseen archive film, 1945: The Savage Peace tells a harrowing story of vengeance against German civilians, which mirrored some of the worst cruelty…
Hiding and Seeking - Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust
This award-winning documentary tells the dramatic and emotional story of a Jewish father who journeys with his two ultra-orthodox sons back to Poland to try to find the Christian farmers who hid their family from the Nazis. His hope is…
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…
Dear Uncle Adolf: The Germans and Their Fuhrer
More than any other documents, it is the personal private letters written by the German people to Adolf Hitler that provide the most intimate details of the Third Reich. A treasure of more than 100,000 such letters was recently found,…