The dark charisma of Adolf Hitler


HILER & GOERING - LIB OF CONGRESS Pic from the Library of C0ngress

Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader – fuelled by anger, incapable of forming normal human relationships and unwilling to debate political issues. Such was the depth of his hatred that he would become a war criminal arguably without precedent in history. Yet this strange character was once loved by millions. How was this possible, and what role did Hitler’s alleged ‘charisma’ play in his success?

With the help of testimony from those who lived through those times, film archive – including colour home movies – and specially shot documentary footage, this film reveals how Hitler managed to turn from a nobody in 1913 – someone thought ‘peculiar’ – into the chancellor and fuehrer of the German people. This is the first episode in a three-part series written and produced by Laurence Rees, who won a BAFTA for his previous series Nazis: A Warning from History and a Grierson Award for his Auschwitz: the Nazis and the ‘Final Solution’. 2012


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Michael Roberts 2010 “Hitler, Nationalism, Sacrifice: Koenigsberg and Beyond … Towards the Tamil Tigers,”

Sam Webb … “Sunshine and swastikas: Rare colour pictures of 1930s Berlin show carefree life in Hitler’s capital before war that reduced it to rubble,”

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