Documentary History

Lost Home Movies of Nazi Germany

This two-part series delves into the private collections or private home movies to reveal how ordinary Germans – both civilian and military - recorded the dawn of an empire that they thought would last a thousand years.

Thousands of German attics have become dumping grounds for countless hours of private home movies, left gathering dust for decades. Hidden on these rolls of film is a different story of Hitler’s Third Reich; a private window into life in the Nazi Germany - at home during peacetime, but also, even more astonishingly, from the front lines of Hitler’s wars. This two-part series delves into these private collections, which are only now beginning to emerge into the light for the first time, to reveal how ordinary Germans – both civilian and military - recorded the dawn of an empire that they thought would last a thousand years. Ordinary citizens as well as soldiers picked up cine cameras and filmed everything they saw. As Hitler’s plans turned into the catastrophe of May 1945, much of this footage was hidden away and has never been seen. Now, children and grandchildren are finding these films and sharing them. What emerges is a candid look at what life was really like for those living in, and under Hitler.

DURATION

2 x 60

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2020

BROADCASTER

BBC

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

UK

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