Once again, the BBC has done another spectacular job on producing a DVD series on WW II that looks at another facet of this conflict from the Axis perspective. First, it was "The Nazis" series, back in the nineties, based on the research of Sir Ian Kershaw, an eminent British authority on Hitler, that looked at how this ruling party contributed significantly to the rapid demise of the Third Reich. Now we have this series that examines the German war effort as it relates to its program of mass extermination in the main camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1941-45. In this five-hour-long special assessment of the Final Solution, as it re-enacts the daily administration of this notorious death camp, the viewers see the Holocaust unfold before their very eyes. Everything gets covered here from the running of the camp by Hoess and his SS henchmen to the orders coming down from Himmler and Frank to the horrid conditions that inmates suffered to logistics of running this evil operation. The dramatizations of key moments when Auschwitz changed from a basic internment camp to a death factory and times when life among the personnel appeared normal are very realistic. Additionally, the testimonies of numerous Jewish survivors are very effectively included in the running commentary. What I learned from watching this presentation is that the Final Solution became the outcome of a state that had long lost its moral compass when it came to pursuing total war. Led by the SS, this program of mass extermination grew into something so unimaginably wicked because Nazi culture promoted the need to treat its enemies ruthlessly in order to promote the myth of the Aryan super-race. Jews, Slavs and Gypsies were the first of its victims, and it only remained for technology to come up with a speedier way to complete the job. Linda Hunt's even-tone voice, as narrator, provides the right touch of solemnity to this hard-to-believe shameful history.