The Nazis - A Warning From History (1997) BBC

Episode 6: Fighting to the End

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Episode 6: Fighting to the End

The programme starts with the observation that because Italy was 'the birthplace of fascism', an alliance between Rome and Berlin in the 1930's therefore seemed natural and not unexpected. The two countries fought together in the first years of the Second World War, but on 19 July 1943, the 'unthinkable happened' Rome was bombed.

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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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