— Original title “12 Jahre, 3 Monate, 9 Tage – Die Jahreschronik des Dritten Reichs” —
“The Germans have a long way to go before being finished with Hitler.” –Sir Ian Kershaw
“The past is still with us and will not go away.” –Helmut Schmidt
Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on January 30, 1933. Once they had seized power in Germany, the Nazis did not relinquish it until their demise on May 8, 1945. The Third Reich lasted for 12 years, 3 months, and 9 days. It began with great hopes and unprecedented jubilation and ended after a world war in which more than 50 million people were killed, Germany was destroyed and the European Jews murdered.
To mark the 65th anniversary of the downfall of the Nazi regime, embark on this unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. Michael Kloft traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda by utilizing what in some cases is previously unpublished footage.
In describing the politics, day-to-day life, the war years, and the crimes of the Nazi state, he is aided by three famous historians: Sir Ian Kershaw, who has set worldwide standards with his biography of Hitler; Brigitte Hamann, who illuminates the background of the fascination with the Fuhrer in her groundbreaking research; and Goetz Aly, who describes the “feel good dictatorship” of the thirties and mercilessly revealed how the Germans plundered the rest of Europe in his book Hitlers Volksstaat.
Written and directed by Michael Kloft ; A Spiegel TV Production with DCTP,VOX,Discovery Networks,SBS-TV Australia and PBS Distribution