The Nazis - A Warning From History (1997) BBC

Episode 1: Helped into Power

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Episode 1: Helped into Power

The programme considers how it was possible for a man such as Adolf Hitler to come to power in a supposedly cultured country such as post First World War Germany. It gives a number of long term and short term factors to explain the Nazi phenomenon

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The Nazis - A Warning from History

Written by Laurence Rees with a forward by Professor Ian Kershaw

"That which has happened is a warning. To forget it is guilt. It must be continually remembered. It was possible for this to happen, and it remains possible for it to happen again at any minute. Only in knowledge can it be prevented." Karl Jaspers

The strength of Laurence Rees's accessible history lies in the testimonies of more than fifty eyewitnesses, many of whom were committed Nazis and are only now free to tell their story as a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism. Their experiences confirm that there was massive collaboration with the Nazi regime, both at home and on the war fronts, and that the terrible atrocities in the east were the work not just of elite killing squads but also of ordinary German soldiers and of local civilian populations.

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