The World at War: Season 1, Episode 1

A New Germany: 1933-1939 (31 Oct. 1973)

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Program chronicles the draconian measures taken by Adolf Hitler to become absolute dictator of Germany and begin his domination of Europe.



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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christabel Bielenberg ...
Emmi Bonhoeffer ...
Eva Braun ...
Herself (archive footage)
Joseph Chamberlain ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Hugh Greene ...
Hermann Göring ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rudolf Hess ...
Heinrich Himmler ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Hans Kehrl ...
Benito Mussolini ...
Himself (archive footage)
Paul von Hindenburg ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joachim von Ribbentrop ...
Himself (archive footage)


In 1933 Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany. He immediately starts transforming the country into what he calls The New Germany. In March the parliament decides to allow Hitler to govern without the parliament, thus becoming a legal dictator. The Nazis begin persecuting journalists, socialists and Jews, and many intellectuals flee the country. A turning point is 30 June 1934, when Hitler and his body guard, SS, start murdering also opponents and rivals within the Nazi party. Between his appearances Hitler rests at Berchtesgarden in Bavaria, where his mistress, Eva Braun, documents his private life on film. The Treaty of Versailles from 1919 had demilitarized Germany, but step by step Hitler militarizes the country again. His troops also start recapturing the surrounding German-speaking provinces and countries: Saarland 1935, Rhineland 1936, Austria 1938 and Sudetenland 1938. They don't make a halt here, but capture also the rest of Czechoslovakia. In the beginning of 1939 they ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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31 October 1973 (UK)  »

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Narrator: Down this road on a summer day in 1944, the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community, which had lived for a thousand years, was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the people were gathered together. The men were taken to garages and barns, the women and children were led down this road, and they were driven into this church. Here, they heard the firing as their men were shot. Then they ...
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