World War Two Documentaries

Stream a wide range of compelling World War II documentaries that bring you the full story of the global conflict. Learn more about the people, places and events that shaped the second World War including Winston Churchill and the Allies, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Auschwitz, and Hiroshima, as well D-Day and the Nuremberg Trials. And get inside accounts from those who experienced WWII through archive interviews and restored film footage.

Belsen: The Untold Story

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The untold story of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where over 50,000 mostly Jewish people died, primarily from starvation and disease in the last phase of World War II. Featuring powerful new interviews with some of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust, plus archival audio and video footage, the true horrors of the camp and the Nazi regime are revealed.

Nuremburg: The Nazi Trials

Nuremberg: The Nazis Trials on BBC Select

After the atrocities of World War II, leading Nazis were tried at the Nuremberg WarCrimes Tribunal. This gripping documentary attempts to delve inside the minds and secret workings of Hitler’s Nazi leadership. Meticulously crafted using archive clips and courtroom footage, one of the most important trials in history, that brought Hitler’s willing collaborators to justice, is explored.

Schindler: The Real Story

Watch Schindler: The Real Story on BBC Select

Immortalized in the iconic Steven Spielberg film Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler has become a well-known hero of the Second World War.

This compelling, award-winning documentary explores the real, complex figure of Schindler, with incredible archive footage and intimate interviews with Holocaust survivors who knew him.

The vain, womanizing playboy behind the legendary hero is also revealed.

Surviving the Holocaust

Surviving the Holocaust

In a disarmingly frank interview, Holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller (now in his 90s) tells his personal story of being a young Jewish man during World War II.

Speaking directly to camera and accompanied by extensive archive footage, he relives his past and draws on intense memories to navigate the extraordinary adventure of his early life which resulted in imprisonment in Auschwitz.

Death Camp Treblinka

Watch Death Camp Treblinka on BBC Select

The extermination camp of Treblinka was created by the Nazis to eliminate the Jewish population in occupied Poland and beyond.

In a frenzy of mass murder lasting less than two years, 900,000 Jewish men women and children were murdered in this tiny camp hidden deep in the woods. No one liberated Treblinka. To be a survivor you had to fight your way out. Now those who survived tell their story.