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Rise of the Nazis

Uniformed Nazi soldiers hanging posters that feature Adolf Hitler's face, "es wahll Liste," "9," "Die schöne Aufgabe," "Frauen," and other partially covered German phrases
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Drama Reconstruction Stormtroopers in uniforms post Hitler posters on wall

Wednesdays, Nov. 10-24, at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | See how Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rise to power.

In 1930, Germany is a liberal democracy. Just four years later, democracy is dead, Germany's leader is a dictator and the government is in the hands of the Nazis. The series melds dramatic reconstruction with archival footage and interviews with historians.

Narrated by Kate Fleetwood, the series documents how the Nazification of Germany in the early 1930s was helped by the miscalculations of politicians who believed they could control the demagogic Hitler and his followers even as they radically remade German society. The program also reveals the power struggles between prominent Nazis as they transformed Germany into a ruthless police state, allowing Hitler to elevate himself from Chancellor to dictator.

Historians and experts, including Professor Sir Richard Evans, General Sir Mike Jackson, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Ash Sarkar, take viewers inside the minds of key historical figures of the time to explore what may have motivated their actions. Each episode reveals one of the many resistance stories from this period.

Rise of the Nazis is a particularly poignant look at the fragility of democracy and the institutions that are intended to protect it, examining the individuals and establishments that quickly collapsed as Hitler and his allies further consolidated their power.

Watch each episode at video.wkar.org during or after the premiere date.

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