Rise of the Nazis

(Rochester, NY) -- Rise of the Nazis, a new three-part forensic examination of how Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party seized power in 1930s Germany, premieres on WXXI-TV on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 9 p.m. The series, which melds dramatic reconstruction with archival footage and interviews with historians, offers an intimate analysis of how the country’s liberal democracy was transformed into a violent dictatorship in four short years. 

Narrated by Kate Fleetwood, the series documents how the Nazification of Germany in the early 1930s was helped by the miscalculations of politicians who believed they could control the demagogic Hitler and his followers even as they radically remade German society. The program also reveals the power struggles between prominent Nazis as they transformed Germany into a ruthless police state, allowing Hitler to elevate himself from Chancellor to the dictatorial Führer of the Third Reich. 

Historians and experts, including Professor Sir Richard Evans, General Sir Mike Jackson, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Ash Sarkar, take viewers inside the minds of key historical figures of the time to explore what may have motivated their actions. Each episode reveals one of the many resistance stories from this period. Rise of the Nazis is a particularly poignant look at the fragility of democracy and the institutions that are intended to protect it, examining the individuals and establishments that quickly collapsed as Hitler and his allies further consolidated their power.

Photo: Drama Reconstruction Hitler at window in uniform
Credit: Courtesy of 72Films Ltd

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