The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler

9:00pm Monday 26 November on BBC TWO

The concluding episode in this three-part series reveals how Hitler tried to maintain his charismatic appeal in his final years, as the bond between the German people and their Fuehrer was tested as never before.

In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler made ambitious boasts about what lay ahead for the German nation and how the Reich would last for golden millennia. A few years later, it seemed to millions of Germans that Hitler had indeed created a future that belonged to them. In pursuit of his racist vision, Hitler had led the German army into a series of victories but, as the war progressed, the successes stopped coming. Faith in Hitler’s charismatic appeal, once so strong, became fractured, and yet Hitler still managed to cling to power until the Red Army were just yards away from his bunker in Berlin.

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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