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German Resistance to Hitler (7 Parts)

Synopsis
A series describing all aspects of resistance against Hitler and National Socialism, beginning with a trailer film and continuing through the resistance of the workers’ movement, the churches, the underground organisations, the conservative democratic circles and, at the end, the Volksgerichtshof (Nazi Tribunal). The original footage is supplemented by eye-witness reports.
3: Focuses on the Protestant and Catholic churches caught between conformism and resistance, looking at the clash of two philosophies - Christianity and National Socialism - in which the majority of people came to terms with Hitler’s Germany or even supported it. Very vew clergy took up the fight againsted injustice and barbarism; those who did were killed or disappeared for years in concentration camps.
4: While the masses hailed a victorious Hitler in 1940, several groups of people who opposed the regime resisted the Nazi tide. A few people in Berlin actively helped their Jewish countrymen survive. The so-called Red Orchestra group was also active in Berlin, organising entirely different activities to weaken Hitler’s Fascism. In Munich, The White Rose group denounced National Socialist crimes and called upon people to offer resistance.
7: The regime took horrifying revenge for the attempted coup. To intimidate others, Hitler had the conspirators condemned in show trials. The People’s Court was unsuccessful in its efforts to humiliate the conspirators. In most cases, the predetermined sentence was death by hanging. Relatives were arrested, their children put in homes. Only a few of the conspirators were able to go into hiding. The Allied troops - not the resistance movement - put an end to Hitler’s dictatorship.
Language
English
Country
Germany
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 7 x 30 min.
Year of production
1994
Availability
out of distribution; Free loan (each part is complete in itself and is available separately)
Subjects
German studies; History
Keywords
Germany; Nazi Germany; resistance movements

Credits

Director
Michael Kloft
Writer
Michael Kloft

Sections

Title
From pamphlets to assassination attempt
Synopsis
3: Focuses on the Protestant and Catholic churches caught between conformism and resistance, looking at the clash of two philosophies - Christianity and National Socialism - in which the majority of people came to terms with Hitler's Germany or even suppo

Title
Brownshirts and class struggle
Synopsis
4: While the masses hailed a victorious Hitler in 1940, several groups of people who opposed the regime resisted the Nazi tide. A few people in Berlin actively helped their Jewish countrymen survive. The so-called Red Orchestra group was also active in Be

Title
God and the Nazis
Synopsis
7: The regime took horrifying revenge for the attempted coup. To intimidate others, Hitler had the conspirators condemned in show trials. The People's Court was unsuccessful in its efforts to humiliate the conspirators. In most cases, the predetermined se

Title
Portraits of civil courage

Title
Hope of the democrats, The

Title
Revolt of the officers, The

Title
End, The

Production Company

Name

Chronos-Film

Distributor

Name

German Film & Video Library

Email
info@ edist.co.uk
Phone
01795 427614
Fax
01795 437988
Address
c/o Education Distribution Service
Unit 2, Drywall Estate
Castle Road
Sittingbourne
ME10 3RL
Notes
rec’d 10/96

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