Chronicle of the Third Reich

Author: Michael Kloft

Length: 4x50'

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“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) Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. Once they had seized power in Germany, the Nazi no longer relinquished it until their demise on 8 May 1945. The Third Reich lasted for 12 years, 3 months and 9 days. It began with great hopes and unprecedented jubilation and ended after a world war in which 50 million people were killed, Germany was destroyed and the European Jews murdered. To mark the 75th anniversary of the seizure of power by the Nazis, SPIEGEL embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. Michael Kloft traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda by utilizing what in some cases is previously unpublished footage. In describing the politics, day-to-day life, the war years and the crimes of the Nazi state, he is aided by three famous historians: Sir Ian Kershaw has set worldwide standards with his biography of Hitler, Brigitte Hamann illuminates the background to the fascination with the Führer in her groundbreaking studies and Goetz Aly describes the “feel good dictatorship” of the thirties and mercilessly shows how the Germans plundered the rest of Europe in his book “Hitlers Volksstaat”.

year of production: 2010


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