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Third Reich

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For the second half of the twentieth century, the Third Reich has been deliberated and dissected. Now, as the “Greatest Generation” fades into history, the image of 40,000 uniformed Nazis goose-stepping in perfect synchronization represents all most Americans know about history’s most dangerously successful totalitarian government. Dig deep beneath the surface of our collective understanding of the Third Reich as HISTORY unearths what we don’t know about the individuals who comprised one of the most fascinating and complex regimes of recent history. THIRD REICH: THE RISE AND FALL uncovers familiar anecdotes and fascinating details about the people who comprised the Nazi Party, and raids the treasure trove of archives the Nazis left behind, including rarely-seen German newsreel recordings along with other unique footage carried home by Russian troops.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, really unseen material June 2 2011
Format:DVD
It's common to see new dvd about Third reich era claiming "never seen before material" This time, it's for real!.

Interesting perspective with a lot of home movies and individuals comments. This is not the reference dvd for historians since the dvd is built around available material instead of important events but definitely brings ordinary people's reality under the light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5 2014
By Sita
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Good production
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Visceral Documentary Dec 18 2010
By Robert Carver - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Historian I will add this to my personal collection of WWII Documentaries. I was impressed by the use of home movies shot by families that lived in Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party leading to WWII. The series effectively tied the experiences of the German citizenry in with how Hitler first came to power and then in leading the nation to war. The impact of Hitler's rise to power and how the Nazi Party ran the government was evolutionary rather than revolutionary for most Germans. We know how the Nazis marginalized the Jews before finally removing them from society. They along with the other "undesirables" were the focus of propaganda efforts to convince the German people that it was important to remove these people from society. The series shows how popular Hitler became as he led Germany out of the Great Depression and brought previously unattainable luxuries to the working class. Hitler and the Nazis restored German pride after the humiliation of the Versailles Treaty and other sanctions by the Allies after WWI. This series shows how happy Germans were as Hitler made one foreign policy triumph after another gaining new territory for the Reich up until the attack on Poland finally triggered WWII. Hitler was careful to keep domestic goods in production so the German people wouldn't have to sacrifice for the war effort which ironically led to Germany being the last nation to go to a full-time war economy. Hitler was fearful that the German people were too soft to bear the full measure of a war economy. So at the start of the war the German people were mostly unaffected by the war except for those men who went off to fight. The first episode of this series ends with Germany ascendant and flush with success in battle while at home most Germans were also doing well except for the Jews who were no longer a part of the Deutsches Volk.

The second part of this documentary (The Fall) starts with Nazi Germany realizing the vision of Hitler to conquer Europe for Lebensraum for the Deutsches Volk while coming to the conclusion on Die Endlösung sealing the fate of the Jews and other undesirables. This episode continues with the use of civilian home movies as well as using the movies shot by soldiers. This can be very disturbing as the atrocities committed on the Eastern Front are difficult to watch even for an experienced Historian like myself. This episode brings home the visceral impact of just how mundane the scene appeared to be as German soldiers herded Jews and other "enemies" into ditches and shot them en masse. The fall of the Third Reich was an excruciating process that involved a lot of suffering and death. The videos used by this episode illustrate the banality of evil as life went on as usual for those not fighting on the front. The Allied bombing did impact German cities and the civilian population. It is strange to see how humans struggle to continue their daily lives in the midst of rubble. After the Western Allies invaded Europe via Normandy the Americans took movies of what they saw as they advanced into Germany. They shot movies of the concentration camps they liberated bearing witness to the ugly reality of Die Endlösung. I believe it is the use of this excellent archive of movies shot by German civilians as well as Allied soldiers brings an emotional impact to this series that is fresh especially for those who have viewed the plethora of documentaries and films on this subject. The personal, individual and family perspective of this history is important to understand the immensity of this conflict on those who lived under Hitler and the Third Reich. This episode ends with the terrible repercussions experienced by the German people for the crimes of Hitler and the Nazis. The Soviets raped, pillaged and murdered on a scale that boggles the mind after they defeated the German Army. Millions of Germans fell under the control of the Soviet Union as Stalin set up a Communist East Germany. Western Germany was more fortunate but it took time for them to recover from the devastation of the war. Germany did not fully recover from the effects of the Third Reich until the reunification after the Fall of the Soviet Union. You cannot view this documentary and ever see the impact of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany in abstract and dispassionate terms ever again. My only real criticism of this series is that it was too short. I wonder what was left out due to time constraints as this series could easily have been twice as long and still been just as riveting and engrossing. I am hopeful that this DVD set will include extras and commentary.
128 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome change in WWII documentary Dec 16 2010
By J. A. Hinderliter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
After watching the 2 part series on the History Channel I was so impressed that I've been searching the internet to purchase this (of course, it's here but pre-release). Well, the presentation of this docu was very unique and something I haven't seen in WWII docu's before. It's difficult for me to explain but between the narritive and the images, it was a refreshing new view on something that I thought was covered many times. I learned much more than I expected- especially because this was offered as a view from the German people. I highly recommend this title. Did you know Hitler was Time's Person of the Year in 1938??
91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to the History Channel: This show was awesome. Dec 16 2010
By D. M. Leitzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I just saw the History Channel's broadcast of Third Reich: Rise & Fall and was very impressed. How they told this story, which has been told so many times in so many ways, using amazing film footage (some of it home movies), and truly interesting narration, blew me away.
I highly recommend buying and viewing this documentary to others. I'm definitely pre-ordering this gem.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING UNPRECEDENTED DOCUMENTARY Jan. 22 2011
By D. Demro - Published on Amazon.com
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I am watching the documentary on the History Channel as I write this, and I am just blown away by what I am watching!! My uncle and I are both historians of WWII, having traveled throughout Germany, Dachau Concentration Camp and the Ukraine, and I can say this is one of the best, if not THE best, compilations I have ever seen of actual footage shot by Germans at the time the events took place. My uncle and I have shelves of videos, DVDs, books, etc. delving in the rise of the Nazis, WWII and all related that would challenge the Smithsonian, and I thought I had seen everything there was to see... until now. I would love to know where The History Channel located all this footage as I am in awe of the level of footage that I have never-before seen. I would also like to emphasize the excellent narration by the History Channel. It is just so extremely well done I don't know what more I can say other than "Thank you" History Channel for reinventing the Nazi Documentary... this is some of the best, most informative footage compiled to date. What really sets it apart is the way in which the German people themselves narrate the footage via diary entries, letters, and so on. It is shocking to say the least. I can only wish that more of our schools would use this to inculcate our children in the ways of evil and subterfuge that arise during times of national difficulty and how easily people can be led astray by a provider of false hope. Amazing to see what people were willing to tolerate, and the level of personal freedom that was surrendered to the government, in exchange for the false hope of being taken care of by their government. This movie is a lesson for all nations and peoples who think they can get something for nothing... it all seemed so great until the lies began to fall apart, and then the German people ultimately paid the price for their actions. The lesson here is clear... be careful, and think very carefully of the consequences, before you begin to surrender your personal rights and freedoms away to growing government control and power... because you will ultimately pay a price if you are to ever get it back.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for everyone. Jan. 18 2011
By T. OSGOOD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As a history teacher I am faced with the arduous task of finding historical movies and documentaries that will keep the attention of 130 students. With much of today's youth being exposed to war movies and violent video games at an early age, many of them feel like they have "seen it all". By seen it all, I mean movies like Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, etc. Not to knock any of those movies (as they are excellent) but they do not create the same atmosphere that the "Third Reich" does. I showed this entire documentary to an Honors U.S. History class and the entire class was floored.

As mentioned before, many of these kids think war is "no big deal" but after seeing this film, their opinions quickly changed and it actually resulted in an extremely thoughtful and creative discussion. Whether you are a teacher, a historian, or just looking for something good to watch, "Third Reich" will keep you at the edge of your seat. The homemade footage, the pictures, and the historical narrative are nothing short of amazing. Highly recommended.
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