Auschwitz - Inside the Nazi State

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Overview

Of the many horrors of World War II, few have greater resonance today than Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps, where millions of Jews, political dissidents, Russians, Catholics, gypsies, homosexuals, and others regarded as a threat to Axis forces were executed by the state. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is a six-part documentary series produced for PBS which follows the grim history of Auschwitz from the opening of the camp in 1940 to its liberation in 1945, dealing with its day-to-day operation as...
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Overview

Of the many horrors of World War II, few have greater resonance today than Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps, where millions of Jews, political dissidents, Russians, Catholics, gypsies, homosexuals, and others regarded as a threat to Axis forces were executed by the state. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is a six-part documentary series produced for PBS which follows the grim history of Auschwitz from the opening of the camp in 1940 to its liberation in 1945, dealing with its day-to-day operation as well as the camp's terrible legacy. Featuring interviews with over one hundred persons who saw Auschwitz firsthand (including several Nazi figures who've never before spoken to journalists), Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State was released on DVD shortly after it was broadcast by PBS in the spring of 2005.
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Special Features

Interview with writer/producer Laurence Rees; a series of six follow-up discussions with historians and scholars hosted by journalist Linda Ellerbee
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
This six-part BBC documentary series, aired Stateside on PBS stations, delves into the terrifying history of Auschwitz, the largest of the concentration camps created by the Nazis during World War II for implementation of the "Final Solution" -- the extermination of millions of Jews -- from 1940-45. Using archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and computer-generated imagery, the series recounts the ominous beginnings of Hitler's rise to power, the formation of his Third Reich, and the overwhelming hatred for specific groups of people that led to the eventual murder of over 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, as well as Gypsies, homosexuals, political prisoners, and the handicapped. Writer-producer Laurence Rees and his team interviewed more than 100 survivors and eyewitnesses, including former Nazi perpetrators who speak on record for the first time. Narrated by actress Linda Hunt, this exhaustive examination of Auschwitz also includes a series of six follow-up discussions with scholars and historians hosted by journalist Linda Ellerbee, and an interview with Rees.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • UPC: 794051211323
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,609

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Laurence Rees Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- DVD #1
1. Auschwitz [3:23]
2. Origins [7:59]
3. Transformation [8:44]
4. Strategic Planning [10:53]
5. Adult Euthanasia Program [9:38]
6. Zyklon B [7:04]
1. A Radical Initiative [8:39]
2. Deportation [7:06]
3. Hitler Calls for Extermination [7:12]
4. The Lodz Ghetto [5:24]
5. Auschwitz, 1942 [10:56]
6. The Little Red House [9:07]
1. Deporting French Jews [7:24]
2. The Children [10:42]
3. British Deportees [4:51]
4. Heinrich Himmler [6:44]
5. Treblinka [7:50]
6. Righteous Among the Nations [10:55]
Side #2 -- DVD #2
1. Self-Contained Universe [5:38]
2. Canada [7:02]
3. A Small Town [6:47]
4. Josef Mengele [10:48]
5. Fighting Back [11:03]
6. A Brothel [6:13]
1. Frenzied Killing [8:29]
2. Deporting Hungarian Jews [6:58]
3. Negotiating to Save Lives [7:45]
4. The Sonderkommando [8:54]
5. Gypsies [6:47]
6. Eliminating Evidence [9:01]
1. Liberation [3:56]
2. Suicide and Flight [9:55]
3. A New Terror [7:18]
4. No Regrets [7:10]
5. Escape and Pursuit [11:08]
6. A Dark Legacy [8:00]
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Menu

Side #1 -- DVD #1
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   Surprise Beginnings
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   Orders and Initiatives
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   Factories of Death
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Side #2 -- DVD #2
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   Corruption
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   Murder and Intrigue
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   Liberation and Revenge
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   Bonus Features
      Interview With Laurence Rees
      Follow-Up Discussions Hosted By Linda Ellerbee
         Michael Berenbaum, Melvin Jules Bukiet
         Claudia Koonz, Edward Kissi
         Debórah Dwork, John Roth
         David Marwell, Doris Bergen, Deborah Lipstadt
         Gayle Smith, Jerry Fowler
         Students
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an in depth look at the mastermind behind the worlds most notorious concentration camp

    I enjoyed the format and chronological style mixed with the personal stories of those who were there. What I thought most intriging, was the combination of referencing the book that the Commandant of Auschwitz wrote before his execution and the personal account of the surviving members. In effect, it showed both perspectives of how the camp evolved into it's place in history and some of the logistical aspects, recently discovered, of how the camp was structured. Unlike other history DVD's, this one was not dry and had very little interpretation which, otherwise tends, to divert and/or bore the audience with political and military statistics . The collabiration of the psychological reasoning that the Camp Commandant confesses in his book and the victims gruesome stories of camp life make it a well rounded historical referencing tool. Superb re-enactments and research by the director and BBC resulted in a truly amazing DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very valuable lesson...

    I was impressed, that after all these years, I really knew so little about the Halocaust. Auschwitz was just the biggest camp, there were many more. This film will tell you more than just Auschwitz. It will tell you first hand from victims themselves. This was aired through the PBS television miniseries, so its about 10 hours long.It was so hard to tune in on the different dates that I purchased it! Its the kind of film that should be shown to school children grades 7 thru 10, maybe more than once. It will show you the real cowards of that time, and it will show you the real heroes of that time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must see for History buffs of the WWII Era

    This is a MUST SEE! I could do little yesterday but watch the entire series through. Interviews with current survivors are tragic in some cases and just the fact that they did survive is a miracle. You see Auschwitz as it looks today and historical pictures fill in the rest. I found information not prevously known about the place and the people involved. This set will remain permanently in my archives.

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