The Search for the Explorer
A stunning crowd gathers on the docks in New York harbour in May 1866. A submarine suddenly emerges from the murky water.
Julius Kroehl, an emigrated German engineer, surfaces after a 90-minute dive.
Anatomy of a Mass Murderer
Heinrich Himmler is considered the incarnation of a mass murderer, the driving force behind the indescribable crimes that has made the National Socialist dictatorship so unique in modern history. An early henchman of Hitler’s, Himmler slowly but surely rose to become one of the mightiest "prefects" of the Nazi state.read more...
The Night of Broken Glass
The November 1938 Pogroms
The 'Reichspogromnacht' is one of the central 'milestones in genocide'. After systematically excluding Jews and looting their homes and businesses in Germany after the seizure of power, the Third Reich showed its violent face openly in what has come to be known as the 'Kristallnacht'. On 9 and 10 November, 1938, roughly 400 synagogues around Germany were set on fire, while SA troops destroyed 7,000 Jewish stores and businesses.read more...
THE FLYING AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Length: 50' Format: HD/16:9
This is the untold story of one of the biggest Zeppelins ever built: the USS Macon, a flying aircraft carrier which was completed in 1933. This documentary contains interviews with scientists, historians and the last survivor of the Macon, rare high quality archive footage of the construction and breathtaking air to air footage of the Sparrohawk planes taking off the airshipread more...
The Catacombs of Rome
The Cradle of Christianity
What was Christianity like in its very early days? How was Jesus seen? How was the Son of God depicted? What were the reasons for the triumphant march of Christianity? Was the Christian faith different in its early days than it is today? Answers to these questions can be found in the Catacombs of the Eternal City. read more...
Inside Nazi Germany
An Outside View
Length: 52' HD
In the summer of 1937, the American documentary filmmaker Julien Bryan unexpectedly received spe- cial permission to travel to the Third Reich and to film the country.
The Last Flight of Lieutnant Estill
Arlington Cemetery, October 2006. A pilot’s coffin is lowered into a grave. His tearful daughter watches. It is the end of a love story and a mystery that began in the final months of World War Two.
In April 1945, a mother in Iowa writes to her husband about their new baby girl. Lt. Shannon Estill is stationed in Europe as a fighter pilot, attacking Nazi targets in the last months of the war. Despite being just 22, he is a skilled pilot and well respected by his comrades. During the next weeks his wife Mary sends letters every day about their new born baby. She’s certain that he’s coming back.read more...
The Soldiers' Story
Length: 4 x 50'
In early June 1944, 1.5 million Allied soldiers stand ready in southern England to embark on the largest amphibious
assault in military history: Operation Overlord. For tens of
thousands of young U.S. soldiers, this war against the Nazis seems almost like an adventure. Only very few, if at all, have any combat experience.
JFK - The Private President
Length: 53' HD
In January 1961, a new generation in the guise of John F. Kennedy moved into the White House. All of a sudden politics were youthful, dynamic and sexy.
Hitler's Last Deadly Secret
Length: 50' HD
In February 1945, one of the most dramatic chases in the history of naval warfare took place in the North Atlantic. The German submarine U 864 loaded with some of the latest Messerschmitt jet engine parts and missile guidance systems headed its way to Japan. Unknown to them, one of the Royal Navy’s most advanced hunter submarines, the Venturer, already lay in wait.read more...
Exploring Hitler's Mountain
Adolf Hitler spent more than 1,000 days – almost every fourth day of his dominion over Germany on the Obersalzberg, his mountain holiday refuge near Berchtesgaden. Not only did the “Führer” spend time relaxing in this restricted area close to the Austrian border, cordoned off by a massive phalanx of security forces; this was also where he played host to the mighty of the Third Reich and Europe. read more...
Führer Cult and Megalomania
The Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg
At the Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg, the ruins of Hitler's stand are a reminder of the bombastic marches that were staged here during the Nazi party rallies. It is one of the few relics still left from the era of Hitler's favorite architect Albert Speer.
Exploring Hitler's Berlin
Throughout his entire life, Adolf Hitler’s attitude towards the German capital, Berlin, was reserved, even distant. He prefered to stay in his beloved Munich. Only when he took power in 1933 did he set up permanent residence in the capital.
According to the will of the “Führer”, the “old” Berlin was to cease to exist, and to be replaced by the global capital, “Germania” – in line with plans drawn up by his architect, Albert Speer. Only few buildings were erected; most were destroyed by allied bombs or the victorious armies.read more...
Exploring Hitler's Munich
Munich was associated with National Socialism more than any other city [in Germany]. This is where the movement began, where the party, the SA and SS were founded. With its beer cellars, Munich provided a particularly fertile breeding ground for the ideas of the NSDAP.
Accordingly, it is hardly surprising that Hitler too was closely associated with "his Munich" and kept an apartment in Bavaria's state capital. read more...
Trapped on the Ice
The Birth of Air Mountain Rescue
Length: 52' HD
It is the 19th of November 1946, post-war Europe. A Dakota with American generals and their wives on board takes off from Vienna headed for Pisa.
Bad weather forces the pilot Ralph Tate to select a route across the Swiss Alps.
Where is Hitler?
A hot Trail during the Cold War
Did Hitler, responsible for 60 million deaths, die in 1945 – or did he perhaps survive the Second World War after all?
An Incredible Rescue Against All Orders
U-3505 and the Children of Hela
Between January and May 1945 one of the largest naval rescue operations ever took place. 790 ships were involved: they sailed from the besieged ports of East Prussia, crammed with desperate refugees. The voyage across the Baltic Sea presented a deadly risk. Enemy submarines, aircraft and mines made every westbound voyage a suicide mission. read more...
Chronicle of the Third Reich
“The Germans have a long way to go before being finished with Hitler.” (Sir Ian Kershaw)
“The past is still with us and will not go away.” (Helmut Schmidt)read more...
Dear Uncle Hitler
The Germans and Their Fuehrer
More than any other historical documents, it is the personal private letters written by a people to "their" dictator that provide the most intimate glimpses of the history of the Third Reich....read more...
Imprisoned to Be Free
Seven-metre-high walls, freezing cold cells and sadistic guards: Hoheneck women’s prison is one of the dark secrets of East Germany. Criminal offenders as well as political prisoners served long sentences in the old castle. For some, the time in prison is so unbearable that they deliberately hurt themselves to be sent to the infirmary; they swallow spoons and forks or stick sewing needles under their skin, many of the inmates committed suicide.
The Filmmaker spent months researching to find out the truth about the political prisoners of Hoheneck. In exclusive interviews, women describe the hopelessness they felt as inmates, and even former guards talk about events at the castle for the first time.read more...
Death in the Bunker
The True Story of Hitler's Downfall
Adolf Hitler’s final ten days in his bunker ensconced deep below the Berlin Chancellery of the Reich have been described in numerous books and memoirs. .The documentary by Michael Kloft reconstructs the dramatic events of 1945.read more...
Shooting War in Germany
Length: 2 x 54'
“Crossing the Roer was no piece of cake. Rest was snatched in a period of minutes, not hours. Fatigue and trench food made every step of that operation tough as hell.read more...
The Private Films of her Beloved Adolf Hitler
On October 11, 1945, five months after the fall of the Third Reich, the American Secret Service discovered 28 rolls of film in Schladming, Austria. They were being hidden away by a SS officer's mother. It was a sensational discovery - the private films of Eva Hitler, née Braun. Private films of Adolf Hitler and his friends and surroundings.read more...
Sixty years after the fact, a new debate is underway over the reasons for the allied air war against the Third Reich. The book, “The Inferno“, by Joerg Friedrich is currently a best seller. Were the relentless aerial attacks on German cities necessary tactics in the prosecution of war that resulted in unavoidable civilian casualties, or were they meaningless acts of revenge by the British and Americans, as Joerg Friedrich asserts?.read more...
Goering's Last Battle
The Nuremberg Courtroom Drama
Length: 2 x 52'
In November 1945, almost 60 years ago, one of the most important trials of the century was launched in the city of Nuremberg, a little town in Bavaria, which had been the stage for Hitler’s infamous party rallies. 21 high Nazi criminals sat in the dock of Courtroom 600 when the International Military Tribunal started its proceedings. One of the defendantswas a man who was ready to fight his last battle: Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, once the second most important man in Nazi Germany behind Hitler.read more...
P47 - Missing in Action
Recovery of a WWII U.S. Fighter
The booming noise is deafening. It is the sound announcing that an aircraft is about to crash. Henry Mohr also remembers this vividly as his P47 Thunderbolt crashes onto the surface of the Austrian lake Traunsee on 8 May 1945, the last day of World War II. read more...
Path of Forgiveness
A Long Way back to Omaha Beach
June 6, 1944 on D-Day: the allies stormed the beaches at Normandy, gaining a tenuous foothold on the shores of France. On a stretch of shoreline the Americans had code-named Omaha Beach, the allied forces were subjected to one of the bloodiest battles of World War Two. For seven hours German private Heinrich Severloh fired at the oncoming invaders, mercilessly, unceasingly, like a robot.read more...
Television under the Swastika
Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 'fifties. But in reality its origins hark back much further. As early as the 'thirties, a bitter rivalry raged for the world's first television broadcast.read more...
The Goebbels Experiment
Length: 2 x 53'
The biography of Dr. Joseph Goebbels is unique because it links the unbridled expression of self with accomplished direction and leadership through media, a development not unlike the 'media politics' of today. In this sense, the life of the first and only German Propaganda Minister reaches out beyond the confines of the Third Reich.read more...
Julius Streicher and "The Stuermer"
Even high-ranking Nazi officials such as Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering felt mostly contempt for their fellow party member. Nevertheless, this man was one of the most influential figures in the Third Reich: Julius Streicher, who in his capacity as publisher of the antisemitic weekly "The Stuermer" was responsible for the worst demagoguery and was notorious for his corrupt and violent regime as head of the Nazi administrative district in Franconia. The Allies regarded him as a symbol of national-socialist anti-Semitism.read more...
The Reich Underground
Length: 2 x 50'
It was one of the most massive construction projects ever attempted by humankind. Late in World War II, the Nazis launched a bold plan to shelter armaments factories from the constant hail of allied bombs. All important manufacturing facilities would be re-located in underground labyrinths of protective caves.read more...
The Tramp and the Dictator
As Viktoria Chaplin was rummaging through her father Charlie’s effects some time ago, a unique document was found on the 16mm filmstrips: Sydney Chaplin had photographed the shooting his brother's masterpiece, THE GREAT DICTATOR, with his amateur camera – in full color.The unusual find highlights one of Chaplin’s most ambitious projects: his revenge on the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. With his satirical genius, he not only exposed the “Führer” to ridicule, but more than that, he revealed the brutal nature of his dictatorship.read more...