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Rise of the Nazis

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.

Night of the Long Knives

55m 45s

See how Hitler finds himself caught between Germany’s president and the Nazis’ power base. His advisors persuade him to destroy the Nazi stormtroopers and their leader – one of his oldest friends – to make the SS Germany’s only paramilitary force.

Episodes

  • Night of the Long Knives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Night of the Long Knives

    S1 E3 - 55m 45s

    See how Hitler finds himself caught between Germany’s president and the Nazis’ power base. His advisors persuade him to destroy the Nazi stormtroopers and their leader – one of his oldest friends – to make the SS Germany’s only paramilitary force.

  • The First Six Months in Power: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The First Six Months in Power

    S1 E2 - 55m 21s

    Discover the measures Chancellor Hitler takes to dismantle the German state. The Nazis have the power to ban free speech, books are burned, and Jewish people, gay people and those holding anti-Nazi beliefs begin to disappear.

  • Politics: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Politics

    S1 E1 - 55m 45s

    Learn the chain of events that propels Hitler from the fringes to the heart of the government. After leading a failed coup in 1923, he turns the Nazis into a legitimate, mainstream party and plots to overthrow Germany’s political elite.

Extras + Features

  • Episode 3 Preview | Night of the Long Knives: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview | Night of the Long Knives

    S1 E3 - 30s

    See how Hitler finds himself caught between Germany’s president and the Nazis’ power base. His advisors persuade him to destroy the Nazi stormtroopers and their leader – one of his oldest friends – to make the SS Germany’s only paramilitary force.

  • Ernst Röhm: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ernst Röhm

    S1 E3 - 3m 36s

    As Ernst Röhm’s Storm Troopers become more violent to the public, Hitler wants things to appear calm. Röhm, one of Hitler’s oldest comrades, feels he and his Storm Troopers were promised more.

  • The Plot Against Ernst Röhm: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Plot Against Ernst Röhm

    S1 E3 - 2m 31s

    Himmler, who once worshipped Röhm, and his terror network are brought in to bring down Röhm. Himmler plans to exploit Röhm’s weakness.

  • Edgar Jung and Hitler's Downfall: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Edgar Jung and Hitler's Downfall

    S1 E3 - 2m 38s

    Edgar Jung, plotting Hitler’s downfall and doing dangerous political work, writes a speech for Papen which will expose the violent truth about Röhm, the Storm Troopers, and Nazi rule.

  • Episode 2 Preview | The First Six Months in Power: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview | The First Six Months in Power

    S1 E2 - 30s

    Discover the measures Chancellor Hitler takes to dismantle the German state. The Nazis have the power to ban free speech, books are burned, and Jewish people, gay people and those holding anti-Nazi beliefs begin to disappear.

  • The Fight Against Democracy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Fight Against Democracy

    S1 E2 - 2m 43s

    4,000 communists were arrested by the Nazis in one night in an effort not only to squeeze them out of the electoral terrain, but to annihilate them completely.

  • Heinrich Himmler and the SS: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Heinrich Himmler and the SS

    S1 E2 - 2m 5s

    Heinrich Himmler and the SS, a paramilitary group made up of fanatical Nazis, saw themselves as Hitler’s most loyal soldiers.

  • The Loyal Heinrich: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Loyal Heinrich

    S1 E2 - 2m 33s

    In an effort to impress Hitler, Himmler handpicked SS officers to serve as Hitler’s personal bodyguard. Showing Hitler that he could trust the SS above any organization.

  • Kurt von Schleicher: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Kurt von Schleicher

    S1 E1 - 3m

    Years earlier the Nazi’s violent revolution failed, and Hitler was jailed. But with Hitler’s new strategy to be a legitimate political party and 18% of the vote, the Nazi Party captures Kurt von Schleicher’s interest.

  • The Stormtroopers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Stormtroopers

    S1 E1 - 3m 5s

    The stormtroopers, a paramilitary group made up of disenfranchised men, went to the streets to cause violence against the Nazi’s political rivals in a way the Nazis could deny involvement.

  • Fascist Gains in German Election: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fascist Gains in German Election

    S1 E1 - 1m 58s

    With the largest party in the Reichstag, the Nazis gain strength as Schleicher’s grip on Hitler weakens. Seeing this, Hitler makes his big move – demanding to be chancellor.

Schedule

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    Rise of the Nazis

    Politics

    Tuesday
    Apr 20

    1 Hour

    After leading a failed coup in 1923, Adolf Hitler turns the Nazis into a mainstream party and plots to overthrow Germany's political elite.
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    Rise of the Nazis

    The First Six Months in Power

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Chancellor Hitler works to dismantle the German state; the Nazis have power to ban free speech and burn books; Jewish people, gay people and those with anti-Nazi beliefs begin to disappear.
  • Image
    Rise of the Nazis: TVSS: Iconic

    Rise of the Nazis

    The First Six Months in Power

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Chancellor Hitler works to dismantle the German state; the Nazis have power to ban free speech and burn books; Jewish people, gay people and those with anti-Nazi beliefs begin to disappear.
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    Rise of the Nazis: TVSS: Iconic

    Rise of the Nazis

    Night of the Long Knives

    Wednesday
    Apr 21

    1 Hour

    Adolf Hitler had been chancellor of Germany for just under a year and it was a challenging balancing act, between president Paul von Hindenburg and the vice chancellor Franz von Papen, and the Nazis' own stormtroopers.
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    Rise of the Nazis

    Politics

    Sunday
    May 2

    1 Hour

    After leading a failed coup in 1923, Adolf Hitler turns the Nazis into a mainstream party and plots to overthrow Germany's political elite.
  • Image
    Rise of the Nazis: TVSS: Iconic

    Rise of the Nazis

    Politics

    Sunday
    May 2

    1 Hour

    After leading a failed coup in 1923, Adolf Hitler turns the Nazis into a mainstream party and plots to overthrow Germany's political elite.
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    Rise of the Nazis: TVSS: Iconic

    Rise of the Nazis

    Politics

    Monday
    May 3

    1 Hour

    After leading a failed coup in 1923, Adolf Hitler turns the Nazis into a mainstream party and plots to overthrow Germany's political elite.
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    Rise of the Nazis: TVSS: Iconic

    Rise of the Nazis

    Politics

    Monday
    May 3

    1 Hour

    After leading a failed coup in 1923, Adolf Hitler turns the Nazis into a mainstream party and plots to overthrow Germany's political elite.

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