The Rise of the Nazi Party
Rising unemployment, economic turmoil, attacks on immigrants, mainstream politicians who don't listen to popular fears, voters turning to extremist parties… the current climate is as fraught with tension as it has been for a generation in much of the Western world, but these factors were also prevalent in the 1930s.
The election of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece, the flood of votes won by the National Front in France, reveal that voters are hungry again for populist politicians who express their anger at the failure of governments to sort out economic crises. Such a radical change of mood is understandable, but do people really want an authoritarian, nationalist government in power?
The Rise of the Nazi Party reveals step by step how the National Socialists exploited the economic turmoil of their time, got into power in Germany in 1933 and then led their nation into a nightmare of everyday brutality, genocide and military defeat.
It follows the leading personalities who played out the drama of destroying democracy, murdering opponents and bringing destruction to Europe and the world. Hitler, Goering, Himmler, Goebbels, all played their part in giving voters what they wanted and then betrayed them with a vicious totalitarian state.
It is a warning from the past that is only too relevant today, with this true story told through archive film footage, interviews and dramatic reconstructions.