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The Nazis - A Warning From History DVD

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Combining unseen archive footage and a wealth of interview material with "ordinary" people who witnessed or even participated in Hitler's reign, this eight part 1997 documentary brought fresh light to bear on the rise and fall of The Third Reich. Inevitably, the episode dealing with the Holocaust immobilises the viewer in its harrowing detail and a further blow against that rump of humanity who refuse to believe the genocide ever occurred. Yet of great interest also is the depiction of the nature of Hitler's dictatorship. He was, it seems, not a driven, workaholic ideologue but a lazy man who, having set his ideas in motion was content to let his subordinates do all the administrative work, fighting for his favour. The series also featured interviews with unrepentant Nazis. There's a telling moment in which an interviewer confronts an elderly woman with a letter of complaint to the Nazi authorities about a supposedly "subversive" neighbour, bearing her signature. The letter sent the hapless neighbour to her death. At first the woman denies knowledge of the incident, then, when faced with the evidence, glibly wonders why anyone should still bother about events that occurred so long ago. This series shows us exactly why. --David Stubbs

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  The Nazis A Warning From History exposes the popular myths surrounding the rise and fall of the Third Reich The series explores how the Nazis came to power how they ruled how they treated their occupied territories and above all how a cultured nation could be responsible for such acts of inhumanity Through compelling interviews and archive film and records the series paints an astonishing and often unpalatable picture of Nazi rule Contemporaries recall the true extent of Hitler’s power eye-witnesses describe the horrors perpetrated on the Eastern Front specially shot film in Lithuania reveals the development of the ‘Final Solution’ and ordinary Germans shed new light on the relationship between the Party and the people

Acclaimed historian Laurence Rees wrote and produced this BBC series looking at the rise, and eventual fall, of Nazi Germany - and warns the modern world to never let it happen again. He expunges the myths surrounding the way the Third Reich came into being, how it ruled and how it treated its subjects. Using archive footage and revealing interviews this series builds up a complete picture of the era and draws some uncomfortable conclusions.

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