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A Necessary War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns -- Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut;…
Above and Beyond - The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Would you risk everything - your future, your citizenship, even your life - to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call…
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…
When Things Get Tough
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or…
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.…
A World Without War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
In spring 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled since D-Day, the people of Mobile, Sacramento, Waterbury and Luverne understand all too well that there will be more bad news from the battlefield before the…
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…
Emperor's Naked Army Marches On - A Japanese WWII Veteran Accuses Former Military Officers of War Crimes
This absorbing documentary follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a Japanese veteran of World War II, as he attempts to seek justice -- and vengeance -- for the unexplained deaths of several soldiers within his unit. Through meticulous research, he tracks down former…
A Deadly Calling
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
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…
Pride of Our Nation
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on…
Okinawa: The Afterburn - A Comprehensive Look at the Battle of Okinawa
Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, OKINAWA: THE AFTERBURN is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military. On…
FUBAR
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By September 1944, in Europe at least, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory. "Militarily," General Dwight Eisenhower's chief of staff tells the press, "this war is over." But in the coming months, on both sides of the…
The Children of Chabannes - Rescue, Refugees, & Moral Courage
In the spirit of Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Children of Chabannes" has been called "a moving record of the unassuming, uncompromising heroism of ordinary people" (New York Times)…
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…
The Holocaust: What The Allies Knew
This documentary delves into never before seen archival footage and documents to investigate how much the Allies knew about the mass murder of Europe's Jews during World War II and why they did not do more to stop it. WHAT…
Nazi Law: Legally Blind - The Manipulation of Law Under Hitler
A sobering look at how Hitler and the Nazi party manipulated laws to further their hate-filled agenda. People who were considered physically or racially inferior or disloyal to the state were deprived of their rights and often their lives under…
The Ghost Front
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
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…
Turned Towards The Sun - A British WWII Hero
If the astonishing true-life story of British writer and poet Micky Burn MC had been written as a novel, readers would readily accept it as invented. Born in Mayfair in 1912, his father worked for the Royal family. He became…
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,…
Nagasaki Journey
Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, Nagasaki Journey is a powerful, yet hopeful look at the immediate and continuing aftermath of the atomic bomb droppedAugust 9, 1945 on Nagasaki, Japan. The film tells the moving personal stories of two Japanese survivors…