The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions Into the Abyss
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Adolf Hitler is infamous today as a war criminal - arguably one of the worst war criminals in history. Yet during the 1930s he was loved by millions of Germans. How was this possible? In this fascinating series, award-winning historian and documentary maker Laurence Rees examines the background to Hitler’s ‘charismatic’ rule. Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader – fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unable to engage in political debate, and yet he earned the adulation of millions. With diary and eye-witness testimonials, archive and specially-shot footage, this ambitious series examines Hitler’s manipulation of existing beliefs in Germany; his relationship with the people he led, and the way in which his leadership functioned. Featuring the testimony of former Nazis, many of whom dealt personally with Hitler as well as ordinary Germans, this series reveals why he was helped to power by the country’s elite, how he became an almost god-like figure to so many people and how he tried to retain power even in adversity.
|1||VideoEpisode 1||Laurence Rees looks at how Adolf Hitler formed a connection with millions of German people and in the process, this seemingly unlikely figure generated a level of charismatic attraction almost without parallel. Dispelling the myth that Hitler somehow hypnotised a nation, this first episode looks at how his alleged ‘charisma’ played a key role in his success as a leader.||58:46||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||In this second episode, Laurence Rees looks at the peak of Adolf Hitler’s popularity in Germany throughout the 1930s and his decision to invade France in 1940. In Nuremburg, huge numbers of people gathered to pay homage to Hitler, filling the streets in celebration of their leader. Yet Hitler had not hypnotised the German people into following him, they did so willingly. Hitler’s ultimate aim was to take Germany into a war of racial conquest to gain a vast new empire. But since many of his followers did not want war, Hitler had to persuade his people to maintain their faith in him and embrace conflict.||58:27||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||The concluding episode in this three-part series reveals how Hitler tried to maintain his charismatic appeal in his final years. In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler made ambitious boasts about what lay ahead for the German nation, and in the beginning, the war went well for Germany. Hitler led the German army into a series of stunning victories, but as the war progressed, the successes stopped coming. Faith in Hitler’s charismatic appeal, once so strong, became fractured, and yet Hitler still managed to cling to power until the Red Army were just yards away from his bunker in Berlin.||58:40||£1.89||View In iTunes|