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ZDF – The Invasion: The Outbreak of World War II (2014) 1of2

The Invasion The Outbreak of World War II 1of2
On 1 September 1939, Hitler started the most fatal war in world history. With the invasion of Poland, he did not only aim at destroying the military force of the neighboring country but also at depriving its people of their livelihood. The German-Polish two-part series reconstructs how the Fhrer triggered a chain of events sparking a global conflagration. It also includes selected interviews with Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda who witnessed the attack, when they were children.

In English German & Polish with English subtitles

Part 1: The first day
Hitlers Poland Campaign unleashed a “Blitzkrieg” lasting six weeks only. However, it was a war of unprecedented brutality resulting in a tremendous suffering of the Polish people in the long run. Jews were herded into Ghettos; other residents were imprisoned in camps for forced labor or displaced to make way for German settlers. Hundreds and thousands of them became victims of the Nazi murder machine.

Part 2: The first Victim
In part 2, the series sheds light on some of their lives telling almost forgotten stories.This is a detailed look at what happened in Poland during WW2. Featuring interviews with German, Polish and Jewish survivors, it incorporates real footage and reenactments to detail a story that is virtually unknown outside of Poland. They were the first victims.

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