The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler

9:00pm Monday 19 November on BBC TWO

In the second episode of this three-part series, Laurence Rees looks at the peak of Adolf Hitler’s popularity in Germany throughout the 1930s and his decision to invade France in 1940.

In Nuremburg, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to pay homage to Hitler, filling the streets in celebration of their leader. Yet Hitler had not hypnotised the German people into following him, they supported him willingly and believed what he said. Not least because he had convinced them they were a superior race who would accomplish great things. During this time, Hitler faced the greatest test yet to his charismatic leadership – he wanted to take Germany into a war of racial conquest to gain a vast new empire. But since many of his followers did not want war, Hitler had to persuade his people to maintain their faith in him and embrace conflict.

The series is written and produced by Laurence Rees, who won a Bafta for his 1997 series Nazis: A Warning From History and a Grierson award for his 2005 series Auschwitz: The Nazis And The ‘Final Solution’. The series historical consultant is Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, the world’s leading academic expert on Adolf Hitler.

With the help of testimony from those who lived through these times, film archive – including rarely seen colour home movies – and specially shot documentary footage, The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler reveals how Hitler managed to turn from a peculiar nobody in 1913 into the Chancellor and Fuehrer of the German people.

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