The Rise of the Nazis covers in detail how the Nazis took control of Germany. Leading historians will study the different psychological perspectives of Hitler’s contemporaries and highlight the incremental decisions and missed warning signs that could have prevented the rise of the Nazis.
The three-part documentary (60 minutes each) reconstructs the events of the period of 1930-1933, from the Wall Street Crash to the backstairs dealings of the 1930 election, from the brutal Night of the Long Knives to Hitler becoming the all-powerful Führer of Germany. In the centre of the story there are two highest leaders of Germany - Kurt von Schleicher and Franz von Papen, who underestimated the political novice Adolf Hitler and have become the victims of the regime.
The Rise Of The Nazis is a 72 Films production for BBC Two. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Simon Young.
Shooting started on 20 March 2019 and will wrap on 1 April 2019. Lithuania’s Virtus Mediae is servicing.