“The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is fascinating…a powerful introduction to the freakish enormity that was Nazism”. (The New York Times)
This fascinating 1968 documentary recounts the events that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. A painstakingly compiled pictorial record of Adolf Hitler’s twelve-year reign of terror. Included are interviews with many of Hitler’s closest associates.
Here is the incredible story of how an Austrian paper-hanger rose from total obscurity to become the absolute master of the German people – the definitive pictorial record of the Nazi demagogue who unleashed his private madness on the world.
Based on William L. Shirer’s monumental best-seller, this award-winning program exposes the blackest chapter in the history of mankind.
To present the true facts, ten researchers spent over twenty years uncovering government documents and actual Nazi film footage. Many of Hitler’s close associates are interviewed, and there are riveting scenes of his road to power, his lightning war and the sadistic cruelties of his elite SS corps. Most fascinating of all is the eerie charisma of Adolf Hitler himself, inaugurating a new age of barbarism – preaching his doctrine of the master race, ordering the murder of his political opponents and igniting the baser passions of the nation he led into hell.
Produced and directed by Jack Kaufman; executive producer Mel Stuart; narration written by Alan Landsburg; narration spoken by Richard Basehart; music composed and conducted by Lalo Schifrin; A David L. Wolper production