The World At War 1973(World War II Documentary) 01.A New Germany (1933–1939)

1 . “A New Germany (1933-1939)” 31 October 1973
The rebirth of Germany and growth in power of the Nazi Party leading up to the outbreak of war. Interviewees include Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin, Werner Pusch and Christabel Bielenberg.

Program chronicles the draconian measures taken by Adolf Hitler to become absolute dictator of Germany and begin his domination of Europe.

The series has 26 episodes. Producer Jeremy Isaacs asked Noble Frankland, then director of the Imperial War Museum, to list fifteen main campaigns of the war and devoted one episode to each. The remaining eleven episodes are devoted to other matters, such as the rise of the Third Reich, home life in Britain and Germany, the experience of occupation in the Netherlands, and the Nazis’ use of genocide. Episode 1 begins with a cold open describing the massacre at the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane by the Waffen SS. The same event is referenced again at the end of Episode 26 and the series ends with Laurence Olivier uttering the poignant word, “Remember”.


  1. I watched this time and time and time again when I was 10, 11 and 12 years old and I have to say it has taken me an additional 30 years to truly appreciate how spectacularly well made this entire series is.

  2. I am 61 years old born in 1961 I remember watching this show with my father on an old black-and-white television always loved this series so well narrated very educational it was good stuff

  3. My dad and me would watch this in the 70s on the weekend. I think it was on Saturday afternoons . I was a kid building ww2 plane models while I watched and learning. I'm in my 50s and my dad is gone but this brings back memories.

  4. The absolute Gold-Standard of World War Two documentaries, Sir Lawrence Oliver's narration, and the footage show is spectacular. Check out the extra videos that accompany the series, the two-part episode on the holocaust is particularly poignant.

  5. I watched this with my family every Sunday night when it first came out. It was one of the few things we did together.

  6. Those who don’t remember our past, will be condemned to repeat again in the present and the future… History never changes, it reflects and reverberates due to our actions… Always remember!

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