An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.
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Ulrich de Maizière ...
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Eugene Leviné ...
Wilhelm Moses ...
Emil Klein ...
Romuald Pilaczynski ...
Viera Silkinaite ...
Irma Eigi ...
Walter Fernau ...
Walter Frentz ...
Bruno Hähnel ...
Anna Jeziorkowska ...
Riva Losanskaya ...
Wolfgang Teubert ...
Hans von Herwarth ...
Franz Jagemann ...
Otto Klimmer ...
Alfonsas Navasinskas ...
Alois Pfaller ...
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Henryk Skrzypinski ...
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Fritz Arlt ...
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Estera Frenkiel ...
Jacques Leroy ...
Wolf Falck ...
Eugen Zielke ...
Maria Faulhaber ...
Erwin Massuthe ...
Waltraud Reski ...
Alfons Schulz ...
Samuel Willenberg ...
Rudi Bamber ...
Gerda Bernhardt ...
Uwe Bitzel ...
Herbert Döhring ...
Robert Gellately ...
Walter Kammerling ...
Ian Kershaw ...
J.A. Graf von Kielmannsegg ...
Erna Kranz ...
Resi Kraus ...
Anna Krautwurmová ...
Günter Lohse ...
Frank Roberts ...
Susie Seitz ...
Reinhard Spitzy ...
Manfred Von Schröder ...
Artur Axmann ...
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Galeazzo Ciano ...
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Édouard Daladier ...
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Hans Frank ...
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Joseph Goebbels ...
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Arthur Greiser ...
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Heinrich Himmler ...
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Emil Hácha ...
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Wilhelm Keitel ...
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Otto Ernst Remer ...
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Albert Speer ...
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An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.

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During the "Chaos and Consent" segment, the tune "Happy Days Are Here Again" which is associated with drinking (it was FDR's Prohibition-repeal campaign song) is played while showing Hitler raising a glass stein within a crowd of stein-holding pub visitors. The visuals, music, and certainly the narration imply that Hitler might have been a drinker, yet (as cited in non-fiction histories by William Shirer and by Albert Speer) he was a well-known alcohol-abstainer. See more »

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Narrator: A Hungarian woman in Hitler's entourage looked at the sky and then turned to speak to her Fuhrer.
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How could it possibly have happened?
4 April 2001 | by (Whitley Bay, England) – See all my reviews

An evocative series which rather than investigating the Second World War as a whole, looks at how it could have happened. How did anti-semitism permeate throughout Germany society? How did people feel about having to murder civilians in cold blood? Anyone who believes in the ultimate goodness of humanity will be left with the shivers after watching interviews with ex-Wermacht and SS soldiers who took part in massacres. The sheer indifference of one individual who clearly has never even heard of the concept of guilt never mind considered it is horrifically compelling. This is a man who could appear as a harmless grandfather, still harbours no regrets about his role and claims that his very short prison terms alleviates him of any responsibility for the taking of innocent lives. This series is fundamentally important history as it illuminates what humanity is capable of when all normal controls are removed and men are invited to behave in a lawless manner. Furthermore, with recent history in Rwanda and the Balkans leaving many people shaking their heads at what could motivate such savagery, this series offers a potential cross-referenced explanation.

Watch it; you'll be compelled to try and understand why and how.


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