A decorated veteran of WWI, adored without question by his people and responsible for the death of millions.
Hitler and the Occult
The Nazi party grew out of several occult groups that sprung up in the late 19th century as a reaction to the advanced materialism and technology of the era. These groups spoke of the coming of a new Messiah that would save Germany. Young Adolf Hitler developed the notion that perhaps he was the chosen one to save the German people. The political parties created in the wake of the country's defeat in World War I combined nationalistic sentiment and occultist practices to forge an image of a superior German people. Hitler's imprisonment after the failed 1923 Munich Beer Hall Putsch would make him a national hero for his defense of a strong German state, convincing him that he was the Messiah who could save Germany. Hitler appropriated Christian religioussymbols such as the Spear of Destiny and the Holy Grail for his own purposes. He adopted the swastika, which contained occult significance from earlier cultures, as the symbol of Nazi Germany.
The Private Voice of Hitler
An intriguing look at Hitler and how our perception of him could have changed had there been recordings of him in his private, as well as his public life. Everyone knows the public archive footage of Hitler. But most of it is silent. What was he saying? What did he sound like when he was having a conversation rather than shouting his beliefs to his followers? Special computer technology enables us for the first time to lip-read the silent film. Using a unique sound recording of Hitler never previously broadcast, we can, put his words into his mouth. The result will add texture and depth to our understanding of a man about whom millions of words have been written--but whom we have never heard just talking. Footage includes film shot by Eva Braun, sequences filmed by Nazi cameramen, and a secret sound recording made in 1942 by radio engineer Thor Damen.
Hitler and Stalin: Roots of Evil
An examination of the minds of two of the 20th century's most brutal dictators and mass murderers – Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Based on recent psychological and medical studies, the program explores the personalities of these ruthless leaders, who were directly responsible for millions of deaths--their paranoia, suspiciousness, cold-bloodedness, sadism, and lack of human feeling. Includes interviews with Martin Bormann's son and Hitler's butler.
Hitler’s main wartime headquarters was the setting of the final attempt on his life, by his own party. This is the story of those diverse individuals who tried to change the course of history. At least 15 attempts were made on Adolf Hitler's life. None succeeded, but one came close... History™ tells the story of the men who sought to change history by their own hand, introducing the personalities, detailing the plots and revealing the oversights and errors that made them fail. While historians and scholars provide a framework, it is the extraordinary testimony of surviving conspirators and bodyguards that brings these stories to life. Hunting Hitler centers on the events of July, 1944, when a party led by highly placed Nazi officers nearly killed their leader in the infamous ''Wolf's Lair,'' where he spent 900 days directing the German war effort. The programme also uncovers never before released evidence of a top secret plot hatched in London to kill the Fuhrer. Through luck, planning and paranoia, the most hated man on earth defied those who tried to take his life.
Elite German Forces of WWII
Go inside the most feared units of the Nazi military machine and see how they carried out their missions, examining the training, tactics and battle history of the special German combat forces. They were trained in specialized combat and sent on the most dangerous missions. They paved the way for some of the most dramatic German victories of World War II and introduced new tactics, strategies and even whole new ways of warfare to the world. Ultimately, however, they were not enough to propel their nefarious master to victory. From the Waffen SS to the Elite Mountain Division, this programme examines the training, tactics and battle history of the special German combat forces. See footage of them in action and get an inside look at life in their ranks from former Nazi soldiers. And find out how the developments they pioneered have since become commonplace for armies worldwide.
Plotting to Kill Hitler
The course of history could have been so different if the first plot to kill Adolf Hitler, in 1939, had been successful. But Hitler proved a hard man to kill. Drawing on a wealth of information culled from government files, private sources, letters, diaries and more this programme sheds new light on the famous scheme to eliminate Hitler.
Release Date: 31 May 2010
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification