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Hitler and the Nazis [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Synopsis

The Architecture of Doom
Based on the interesting theory that the Third Reich was merely an expression of its architects' desire to create, Peter Cohen has written, directed, produced and edited this compilation documentary. Many of Hitler's top guns were not only well educated but had creative bents - Hitler was a frustrated watercolorist, Goebbels had an unpublished novel and play to his credit and von Sitach was a poet. It is the contention in this "documentary" that the creative urges of these men are what drove them to try to reshape their entire environment into their own unique vision of a perfect society - helping to design everything from the clothing worn to the houses built, and molding even the surviving humans into their own monocular vision of mankind by labeling anything different than the Aryan mold as diseased and degenerate. A unique postulate as to the origins of the Nazi movement, Cohen fails to account for the fact that there were numerous antecedents when Hitler was young who were equally racist and bigoted and their politics can be easily seen in Hitler's own molding and shaping into the monster he became. However, the notion that for Hitler and his group aesthetic considerations often outweighed the mundane and pragmatic is borne out by much of the evidence presented in this documentary, making it worthwhile as a historical perspective from a slightly different angle than usually seen when discussing the rise of the Third Reich. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi

The Eye of Vichy
Produced by French New Wave founder Claude Chabrol, The Eye of Vichy is an extraordinary 110-minute account of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. The film, narrated by Brian Cox, documents the pro-Nazi sentiments of Marshall Petain's Vichy regime and its efforts to spread propaganda against both the Allied Forces and the Jews. Authentic newsreels, advertisements, and feature-film footage produced by the Nazis and their collaborators make the documentary chillingly real. The black-and-white production contains English subtitles and commentary. ~ Kathleen Wildasin, Rovi

Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of the Reich
One of the many horrors of the Nazi concentration camps was the practice of so-called research and therapeutic medicine. Using camp inmates as subjects, from Jewish people to the mentally and physically handicapped, medical doctors performed operations and experiments, often without any kind of anaesthesia. Graphic photography and personal accounts tell this story of how doctors, charged with saving human lives, abused their trust and broke their oath to further the Nazi agenda. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

The Cross and the Star: Jews, Christians and the Holocaust
Many of the possible roots of anti-Semitism so gruesomely acted upon during the Holocaust are examined during this program. Find out what types of propaganda films and other materials came out early enough for Christians and others to have possibly intervened earlier to limit the casualties. Pogrom's survivors discuss how their faith was thoroughly challenged by this period in history. John Michalczyk, a former Jesuit priest, made this film in an effort to promote dialogue on this topic among all citizens of the world. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bruno Ganz
    Bruno Ganz - Narration
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