How did Hitler and the Nazis seize power in Germany?
This in-depth history documentary series examines how Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power in 1930s Germany and how they brutally retained control and destroyed democracy. Rise of the Nazis also explores the missed opportunities to stop Hitler prior to World War 2 and takes us inside the minds of those that fought against fascism and the Nazis themselves. With contributions from historians and experts, Rise of the Nazis BBC docu-drama series provides a fresh perspective on Hitler’s leadership and the crimes committed during his reign.
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Rise of the Nazis: Episode 1 – Politics
The Nazis used political maneuvering, blatant power grabs, and brute force to realize their evil ends. Hitler knew that only by looking like a legitimate electable party could he begin to destroy Germany’s democracy from within. The nation’s politicians failed to appreciate the diabolical pact they were making with the leader of the Nazis, which would lead to their ultimate destruction.
Rise of the Nazis: Episode 2 – The First Six Months in Power
At the start of 1933, Hitler was chancellor of Germany, but he wanted to increase his stranglehold on power. So he set his sights on dismantling the German state from within. As his political maneuvering increased, the building of secret death camps began, designed to silence his critics. As opposition was violently quashed, the SS grew in strength and a dictatorship began to take hold.
Rise of the Nazis: Episode 3 – Night of the Long Knives
The brutality of Hitler and his overwhelming lust for power are soon on display as he continues to destroy Germany’s democracy from within. Members of the aristocratic elite are still in positions of power, but soon the Nazis and their violent stormtrooper hordes silence even the slightest criticism. Even those closest to Hitler realize that he cannot be trusted and everyone is expendable.
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