"essential viewing so this can never happen again"
"one of the finest television documentaries I have ever seen"
"Compelling and Heartbreaking"
The Nazis - A Warning From History
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.
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