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The Nazis: A Warning from History 

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.
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...  Himself - Narrator 6 episodes, 1997
Adolf Buchner ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Jutta Rüdiger ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Günther Ruschin ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Danuta Grocholska ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Mario Mondello ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Herbert Richter ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Karl Boehm-Tettelbach ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Charles Bleeker Kohlsaat ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Christine Von Amsberg ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Fridolin Von Spaun ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Ulrich de Maizière ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Wilhelm Gunsilius ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Eugene Leviné ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Wilhelm Moses ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Emil Klein ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Romuald Pilaczynski ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Viera Silkinaite ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Irma Eigi ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Walter Fernau ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Walter Frentz ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Bruno Hähnel ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Anna Jeziorkowska ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Riva Losanskaya ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Wolfgang Teubert ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Hans von Herwarth ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Franz Jagemann ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Otto Klimmer ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Alfonsas Navasinskas ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Alois Pfaller ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Juozas Gramauskas ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Stefan Kasprzyk ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Henryk Skrzypinski ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Johannes Zahn ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Fritz Arlt ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Josef Felder ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Petras Zelionka ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Estera Frenkiel ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Jacques Leroy ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Wolf Falck ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Eugen Zielke ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Maria Faulhaber ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Erwin Massuthe ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Waltraud Reski ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Alfons Schulz ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Samuel Willenberg ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Rudi Bamber ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Gerda Bernhardt ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Uwe Bitzel ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Herbert Döhring ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
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Ian Kershaw ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
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Erna Kranz ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
Resi Kraus ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
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Günter Lohse ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Frank Roberts ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Susie Seitz ...  Herself 6 episodes, 1997
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Manfred Von Schröder ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1997
Artur Axmann ...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
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Édouard Daladier ...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
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...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
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...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
Heinrich Himmler ...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
Emil Hácha ...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
Wilhelm Keitel ...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
...  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 6 episodes, 1997
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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: At the same moment as the pact was being signed in Moscow, Hitler stood with his guests on the terrace of the Berghof and stared at the sky.
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The only good documentary on this subject I've seen
30 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

I second what a lot of other reviewers have said, but only add this. Ruthless, authoritarian governments are often portrayed as being "efficient" - one of Mussolinis mottos was that he would "keep the trains running on time." The Nazi propaganda machine pushed this image of the efficiency of fascism so well it persists to this day. This documentary show the reality - the Nazi's were grossly incompetent as cronyism very quickly set in, as it does in all such tyrannical states. I'm also tired of this myth that the Nazis "almost won" - they did not only not "almost win" WW2, they got completely obliterated and got their own country destroyed.


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