The Nazis: A Warning From History - Episodes


# Title Original transmission date
1 "Helped into Power" 10 September 1997 (1997-09-10)
How the Nazi party was formed and Adolf Hitler was able to rise to power. Interviewees include former Nazi party members and their opponents.
2 "Chaos and Consent" 17 September 1997 (1997-09-17)
Examines how the Nazis consolidated power and how extreme and radical policies were formed and implemented, using the example of the euthanasia policy of Philipp Bouhler. The help given to the Gestapo by ordinary citizens is also explored and other events covered include Kristallnacht and remilitarisation. Interviewees include former Nazi officials, an army officer, a Jewish man and an inmate of an early concentration camp.
3 "The Wrong War" 24 September 1997 (1997-09-24)
Traces the path to war with Great Britain and the alliance with the Soviet Union. Interviewees include former Nazi officials and diplomats.
4 "The Wild East" 1 October 1997 (1997-10-01)
Examines Nazi rule and 'ethnic cleansing' in occupied Poland under Hans Frank, Albert Forster and Arthur Greiser. Interviewees include a Polish man who was subject to 'Germanisation', an ethnic German who was resettled in Poland and a former Nazi official.
5 "The Road to Treblinka" 8 October 1997 (1997-10-08)
An account of mass killings in occupied territories after the invasion of the Soviet Union. Interviewees include a former member of an execution squad and a survivor of Treblinka extermination camp.
6 "Fighting to the End" 15 October 1997 (1997-10-15)
Explores why Germany fought on when military defeat was inevitable. Interviewees include German soldiers and civilians.

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