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These videos may help to understand the culture and history of Germany.
Between 1933 and 1945 the people of Germany surrendered their will to a charismatic demagogue who led them, and much of the world, to destruction. How it happened is the subject of this program. Its focus is on the appeal of Hitler's personality not only to Germans, but to leaders of other European nations. We see how Hitler's life influenced his leadership style, and how he used the Jews as scapegoats on whom to blame Germany's economic problems. Home movies of Hitler's private life, and interviews with those who knew him, complete this eerie portrait. This is an excellent catalyst for classroom discussion on how demagogues come to power, and what social and economic conditions make it possible.
The execution of the Romanovs, in 1918, marked Russia's irrevocable shift from a monarchy to a communist state. The destruction of the Berlin Wall, in 1989, signified the collapse of that state and its Marxist ideology. This gripping, highly realistic program cinematically dramatizes the events of these two historic watersheds: indelible emblems of the birth pains and death throes of the Soviet Union. The story begins at Ipatiev House, where a dynasty died, and ends at Checkpoint Charlie, where the will of the people spoke -- and the gates to freedom opened. Original BBCW broadcast title: The Murder of the Romanovs and the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Hitler's invasion of Russia and Germany's post-WWII partition inspired a great deal of animated Soviet propaganda. This program presents short films that disparage fascist aggression and America's supposed continuation of it. Fascist Boots and Cinema Circus vilify Hitler and the Nazi invaders; A Lesson Not Learned plays on Russian fears of a reunited, vengeful, and American-supported Germany; and Vasilok, The Adventures of the Young Pioneers, and Pioneer's Violin are stories about brave and loyal Soviet children encountering and standing up to fascism. Fourteen films total, plus commentary from Russian State Film School professor Igor Kokarev, writer and cultural historian Vladimir Paperny, and actor/producer Oleg Vidov. (134 minutes) Portions are in Russian with English subtitles.