The phenomenon of Hitler, the Nazis and the Third Reich has been documented and recorded ad nauseum. And yet, despite all the books, movies and other media presentations about the period from 1933 til 1945, most people still ask how it could be that such an aberration as the Third Reich could happen in a modern, civilized European nation as Germany.
The individual historic event in any given country rarely evolves without some similar precedent to bring it about. Therefore, the answer to Hitler most likely can be found in the past social, political and military history of the Germans who preceded Hitler.
This three DVD set explores that part of German history most ignored by laymen and professionals alike: that period from Otto the Great til Kaiser Wilhelm, which set the stage for what was to come. Ten individual "profiles" of the men who shaped pre-WWI Germany -- Otto the Great; Heinrich the Great; Barbarossa; Wallenstein; Martin Luther; Frederick the Great; Napoleon; Robert Blum; Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm -- are presented in an attempt to explain how Germans' social and political views, morals and responses to external pressures developed. These histories are presented through period documents and artifacts; reenactments; and interviews with learned men.
Very interesting and entertaining. (3 discs, 430 mins.; very good quality)
DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES