History

When US troops conquer Nazi Germany from the West in March 1945, they are followed by camera teams that document the defeated and occupied country. The special feature: they shoot in 16mm colour. The result is unique film footage of the destroyed cities and their inhabitants, but also depressing pictures of the victims of terror and the policy of annihilation.

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The images of the Third Reich, in the memory of generations they have been handed down in classic black and white. But hidden in film archives and private collections, completely different images have also been preserved - in colour.

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The Final Month

In January 1961, a new generation in the guise of John F. Kennedy moved into the White House. All of a sudden politics were youthful, dynamic and sexy. During the brief period in which he was in office, the first pop star of politics accompanied America through the darkest days of the Cold War. 

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The End of a Myth

Her films still stand out as important documents in the history of directing skills. Now German filmmaker and author Nina Gladitz has spent decades working to destroy this myth. By countless documents it can be revealed, that Leni Riefenstahl was in fact, not only an anti-Semitic Nazi follower - but was herself a perpetrator.

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1918 - 1933

The two-part documentary tells the story of the real “Babylon Berlin” during the time of the Weimar Republic on the basis of criminal cases in the context of political and social developments. In the 1920s, Berlin was regarded as the most modern metropolis in Europe. In times of economic crises and hyperinflation, people hardly knew limits and enjoyed living on the edge. At that time Berlin was a metropolis of crime.

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The History of World War II

When German troops attacked Poland on the first of September 1939, only very few contemporaries suspected that the world would descend into war in the next 2194 days. At least 60 million people lost their lives in this conflict. They all paid the price for the National Socialist dictatorship's delusion of world domination. 

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The documentation tells the remarkable story of the Allied fightings from the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to the heart of Hitler's Reich and ultimate victory in 1945. Closely documented by the best cameramen of their time, the brilliant HD-color footage has been stabilized, cleaned and combined with impressive contemporary statements of newsreels, documentaries and interviews. The authentic material shows the spirit and endurance of the Allied forces during their final push through Europe. 

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2x45' HD

Eva Braun

Live and Death with the Fuehrer

When German troops attacked Poland on the first of September 1939, only very few contemporaries suspected that the world would descend into war in the next 2194 days. At least 60 million people lost their lives in this conflict. They all paid the price for the National Socialist dictatorship's delusion of world domination. 

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Trauma Third Reich

In this three-part documentary we hear from contemporary witnesses whose childhood could not have been more different. Three children of the war with one thing in common: the trauma of the Third Reich. The scars of the Second World War remain. How can a child’s soul cope with so much pain? 

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JFK

The Private President

In January 1961, a new generation in the guise of John F. Kennedy moved into the White House. All of a sudden politics were youthful, dynamic and sexy. During the brief period in which he was in office, the first pop star of politics accompanied America through the darkest days of the Cold War. 

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Living in the Shadow of JFK

Jean Kennedy Smith is the last surviving member of her generation. She was the eighth of nine children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Her brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest-ever president of the United States of America.

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The Siege of Leningrad by the German Armed Forces began on 8 September 1941 and ended on 27 January 1944. For 872 days the city was surrounded. Within, the inhabitants fell into despair, starvation and cannibalism “A boy had died, and his mother put his body in the window frame. She didn't have the strength to bury him. Then she cut off pieces of him bit by bit to feed her daughter”.

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For many the American movie producer and director Hal Roach is the “King of Comedy”. His legendary studios are also called the “The Lot of Fun”: Hollywood’s “Fun Factory”! The film pioneer produced from 1914 up to the early sixties about 2.000 movies - almost exclusively comedies! Probably no other filmmaker gave the world more to laugh about than he did: with his comedy stars like Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd or "Our Gang".

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The Olympic Dream

The 1936 Nazi Games

Never before had the Olympics been this elaborate, never before had the production been this pompous, never before had the games been this controversial. The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin marked a changing point. Sports and politics, two spheres that ideally do not mix, mutated into a gigantic symbiosis

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At the Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg, the ruins of Hitler's stand are a reminder of the bombastic marches that were staged here during the Nazi party rallies. It is one of the few relics still left from the era of Hitler's favorite architect Albert Speer. "Even the pyramids," Hitler told his protégé, "will be dwarfed by the masses of concrete and stone blocks, which I am building there.

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It was one of the most massive construction projects ever attempted by humankind. Late in World War II, the Nazis launched a bold plan to shelter armaments factories from the constant hail of allied bombs.

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Did Hitler, responsible for 60 million deaths, die in 1945 – or did he perhaps survive the Second World War after all? 

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“The past is still with us and will not go away.” (Helmut Schmidt) Adolf Hitler was appointed Reich chancellor on 30 January 1933. Once they had seized power in Germany, the Nazi no longer relinquished it until their demise on 8 May 1945.

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Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 'fifties. But in reality its origins hark back much further. As early as the 'thirties, a bitter rivalry raged for the world's first television broadcast.

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The true Story of Hitler's Downfall

Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 'fifties. But in reality its origins hark back much further. As early as the 'thirties, a bitter rivalry raged for the world's first television broadcast.

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D-Day

The Soldiers' Story

In early June 1944, 1.5 million Allied soldiers stand ready in southern England to embark on the largest amphibious assault in military history: Operation Overlord. For tens of thousands of young U.S. soldiers, this war against the Nazis seems almost like an adventure. Only very few, if at all, have any combat experience. 

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