The Hitler Chronicles
This documentary breaks down the life of the notorious WWII figure by using an extensive library of archive materials, which provides new insights.
Directed byHermann Pölking
S01:E01 - A Sad Puppy and a Private
When a young Hitler joins the Bavarian army and becomes a soldier and a patriot, for the first time he feels like he belongs. But when WW1 ends, he loses the only regular life he’s known.
S01:E02 - A Revolutionary and an Ideologist
Hitler’s coup attempt in 1923 fails and he is arrested and jailed for over a year. He spends his time in prison writing Mein Kampf, an outlining of his political views.
S01:E03 - A Party Leader and Mob Orator
Out of prison Hitler establishes the NSDAP to achieve power by legal means. As its sole leader, he develops the party into a movement that soon becomes the strongest force in parliament.
S01:E04 - A Murderer
Hitler gets rid of his political opponents and those who brought him to power with lies and violence. Now he only has to get rid of the leaders within the NSDAP. What will he do?
S01:E05 - A Dictator
Hitler's power has become unrestricted and unlimited. Hitler is admired by the people. Germany feels strong again, and people accept the merciless dictatorship and the persecution of others as necessary evil.
S01:E06 - The Fuerher
Hitler's fame reaches its climax. Germany is simultaneously admired and feared by foreign countries. In 1936, the Wehrmacht invades the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone by the Treaty of Versailles. The Nuremberg party rallies are a magnificent spectacle of the ever-growing leadership cult. The Summer Olympics in 1936 show Hitler's popularity internationally.
S01:E07 - The Statesman
In Benito Mussolini, Hitler finds an ally to whom he remains faithful until his downfall.
S01:E08 - An Arsonist
In pure breach of the Munich Agreement, Hitler claims further territories for Germany based on the alleged wish of the people in those areas. After the occupation of Czechoslovakia, the world is duped and are waiting to see if Germany will risk European peace.
S01:E09 - A Conqueror
Hitler invades Poland, and Great Britain and France declare war immediately. despite all warnings, this is unexpected for Hitler, but the allies passivity encourages him to advance.
S01:E10 - The Commander
Hitler breaks the pact with Stalin and invades Russia. He wants to eradicate the entire population and gain territories in eastern Europe for the Ayran race. Germany has reached the summit of its military power.
S01:E11 - A Mass Murderer
Hitler personally arranges for a euthanasia program, underestimating the resistance of the Church. The killing of the mentally ill has to be slowed down, but the extinction of Jews is expanded to an industrial scale.
S01:E12 - A War Criminal
Hitler's military decisions become disastrous, the defeats increase, fronts break apart. After Stalingrad, the military leadership realizes that the war is lost.
S01:E13 - A Suicide
Even after the allies landing in Normandy and the failed battle of the bulge as last attempt, Hitler does not want to accept the end, and the German people still believe in their leader.
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