How did Adolf Hitler and his small band of criminal conspirators persuade the German people to follow him into a nightmare of brutality, genocide, and military defeat? This 10-episode documentary chronicles how Hitler and his inner circle rose to power by exploiting the economic turmoil of their time. The National Socialists created an illusion of justice and legality, but behind the scenes they subverted democracy and planned a monstrous secret conspiracy. Their gangster regime not only used violence and suppression but also groomed the German people into willing complicity in history's worst crimes. Through archival film footage, interviews, and dramatic reconstructions, this series tells the true story of the rise and fall of the Nazis, from Hitler's recuperation in a hospital bed at the end of World War I to his dramatic final days in a Berlin bunker.