Lost Home Movies of Nazi Germany

Season 1, Episode 1 of 2

Recently discovered home movie footage from 1936 offers a unique insight into what people in pre-war Germany were thinking and experiencing. The country was on a high and the Hitler Youth seemed like fun and games, but Nazi control and the rise of anti-Semitism was soon to become an all-pervading force across the nation. This episode follows an infantry division during the invasion of France, fighting their way to Dunkirk, revealing a new perspective on what the evacuation meant for the average German soldier. On the Eastern Front, a far darker and more visceral journey across the endless Russian steppe and the unimaginable horrors unleashed during Operation Barbarossa are captured by a soldier. In addition to amateur movie footage, the progress of the war is charted through the diaries of ordinary Germans, some dizzy with excitement at what Hitler had achieved, others horrified by the effect on their friends and families.

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