The Nazis - A Warning From History (1997) BBC

Episode 4: The Wild East

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Episode 4: The Wild East

This programme focuses on the experience of Poland during the Second World War, a country that suffered more than any other under Nazi occupation and where one in five people died. In particular, the Poles suffered the most brutal acts of ethnic cleansing

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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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