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The US and the Holocaust episode 3 - The Homeless, Tempest-Tossed

The US and the Holocaust episode 3 – The Homeless, Tempest-Tossed

The US and the Holocaust episode 3 – The Homeless, Tempest-Tossed: First reports of the industrial scale of killing reach the United States. A group of dedicated government officials establish the War Refugee Board to finance and support rescue operations. As the Allies advance, soldiers uncover mass graves and liberate German concentration camps, revealing the full horror of the Holocaust. […]

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The US and the Holocaust episode 2 - Yearning to Breathe Free

The US and the Holocaust episode 2 – Yearning to Breathe Free

The US and the Holocaust episode 2 – Yearning to Breathe Free: After Kristallnacht, Germany’s Jews are desperate to escape Hitler’s tyranny. Americans are united in their disapproval of the Nazis’ brutality, but remain divided on whether and even how to act as World War II begins. Charles Lindbergh speaks for isolationists, while FDR tries to support Europe’s democracies. The

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The US and the Holocaust (Beginnings-1938) episode 1

The US and the Holocaust (Beginnings-1938) episode 1

The US and the Holocaust (Beginnings-1938) episode 1: How the land of immigrants faced the reality of Holocaust refugees. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? Powerful documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. After decades of open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts the United States to pass laws restricting immigration. In Germany, Hitler finds

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Great Raids of World War II episode 6 - Arctic Commando Assaults

Great Raids of World War II episode 6 – Arctic Commando Assaults

Great Raids of World War II episode 6 – Arctic Commando Assaults: As Britain faced Nazi Germany alone in July 1940, Winston Churchill’s response was to set up the Commandos – an elite fighting force to raid enemy coasts. In December 1941 on his orders a major assault on Vaagso in northern Norway, convinced Hitler that the country was a

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Great Raids of World War II episode 5 - Cockleshell Raiders

Great Raids of World War II episode 5 – Cockleshell Raiders

Great Raids of World War II episode 5 – Cockleshell Raiders: The French port of Bordeaux was vital to Hitler’s war machine. Through it came many of the vital raw materials from the Far East essential to keep the Nazi armies fighting. But Bordeaux was 90 miles up the heavily-guarded Gironde river and seemingly unassailable. Then Royal Marine Major ‘Blondie’

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Great Raids of World War II episode 4 - Storm at St. Nazaire

Great Raids of World War II episode 4 – Storm at St. Nazaire

Great Raids of World War II episode 4 – Storm at St. Nazaire: The great dry dock at St Nazaire was the only one on the Atlantic coast of occupied Europe large enough to repair Germany’s giant battleship Tirpitz. If it could be put out of action the chances of the Nazi raider threatening Britain’s Atlantic lifeline would be greatly

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Great Raids of World War II episode 3 - Radar Beam Raiders

Great Raids of World War II episode 3 – Radar Beam Raiders

Great Raids of World War II episode 3 – Radar Beam Raiders: As RAF Bomber Command began to strike back at Nazi Germany, it was soon suffering unsustainable losses from the Nazi air defence system. At its heart were as yet unidentified radar systems using wavelengths which urgently needed to be cracked. At last, in December 1941 a key German

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Great Raids of World War II episode 2 - Prison Busters

Great Raids of World War II episode 2 – Prison Busters

Great Raids of World War II episode 2: In late 1943, the Resistance asked for help – some of their top operatives were being held in Amiens prison and facing interrogation, torture and execution. They must be rescued. The plan which evolved depended on a very special aircraft – the Mosquito fighter-bomber – and the skill and courage of its

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Great Raids of World War II episode 1

Great Raids of World War II episode 1 – Stopping Hitler’s A-Bomb

Great Raids of World War II episode 1: It was Hitler’s deadliest secret – his scientists had promised him an atomic bomb. If he got it first, Nazi domination was assured. But the Germans needed one ingredient – heavy water – which was only produced in one factory – deep in the heart of occupied Norway. In 1943 a team

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Hitler's Secret Weapons Manager

Hitler’s Secret Weapons Manager

Hitler’s Secret Weapons Manager: When SS General Hans Kammler, a key figure in the Nazis’ secret weapons programme, vanished in 1945 he was said to have taken his own life. Yet recently discovered documents cast doubt on this claim. ZDF History shows evidence of this for the first time. A US Air Force Secret Service document dated May 30, 1945

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Hitler Takes on the West episode 2

Hitler Takes on the West episode 2

Hitler Takes on the West episode 2: May 1940. France is in chaos. The French people take to the roads, trying to escape. The government signs an armistice as Germans take over half the country. The French and the English retreat desperately. In Dunkirk, there are more than 300,000 troops waiting to be transhipped in hundreds of ships, which perform

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Hitler Takes on the West episode 1

Hitler Takes on the West episode 1

Hitler Takes on the West episode 1: 1940 – Nine months after the onset of World War II, Hitler attacks the West – Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Great Britain – with intense violence. The “phoney war” ends, the real war begins, in an unleashing of violence never seen before. The devastating blitzkrieg exceeds all expectations in intensity and its

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