The Final Solution (2001)
"It was perhaps the most horrifying crime ever committeed against humanity--the systematic extermination of millions of Jews in German death camps during World War II. Now, in The Final Solution, the producers of the acclaimed series The World at War reveal how Hitler drove the nation to commit such terrible deeds. Extensive use is made of period photos and film as well as shocking footage filmed by the Germans themselves. Also featured are moving, personal stories, told by death camp survivors and in- depth interviews with former German participants. The Final Solution is an absorbing, intelligent, often distrubing account of one of history's greatest tragedies and one of mankind's most unspeakable acts." [Description from cassette box] The four cassettes have individual titles and present the development of the Nazi campaign to eliminate the Jewish people chronologically. Volume 1 is "The Seeds of Hatred 1918-1939;" volume 2 is "Repression and Resettlement 1939-1941;" volume 3 is "The Last Journey 1941-1942;" and volume 4 is "Hell on Earth 1942-1945." The Seeds of Hatred 1918-1939. "The years following World War I were a time of national humiliation and economic misery for the German people. Throughout the 1920s, an Austrian named Adolf Hitler promised to unify the German-speaking peoples of Europe, and to expel all strangers, especially the Jews, whom he blamed for the nation's troubles. When he came to power in 1933, he began to make good that terrible promise. The Seeds of Hatred traces the origins of Hitler's campaign of state-sanctioned prejudice. What began as anti-Semitic propaganda, soon became organized boycotts of Jewish shops and legalized discrimination-with the unspeakable yet to come." [Description from the cassette box] Repression and Resettlement 1939-1941. "With the annexation of Poland after the outbreak of World War Ii, Hitler began moving both German and Polish Jews to areas where, far away from German public opinion, he could do with them as he wished. Repression and Resettlement traces the Nazis' escalating hostility toward the Jews--from the forced wearing of yellow stars and confinement in growwly overcrowded ghettos, to the implementation of the "Final Solution"--his plan to systematically destroy the Jewish peopls of Europe under the cover of war." [Description from the cassette box] The Last Journey 1941-1942. "When mass shootings proved to be impractical for killing on the scale the Nazis envisioned, they devised a more hideous and diabolical plan. The Last Journey shows how, shrouded in secrecy, existing concentration camps were refitted with gas chambers and crematoriums and converted into extermination centers. Once the construction was completed, Jews throughout occupied Europe were systematically rounded up by the thousands, loaded into cattle cars, and transported to their deaths." [Description from the cassette box] Hell on Earth 1942-1945. "Hell on Earth recounts the horrors of life and death at Auschwitz, the most notorious of Hitler's death camps. Witnesses describe how mass murders were routinely carried out with chilling efficiency by SS guards who regarded their prisoners as sub-human. It also raises the disturbing question of shy, even in the last years of the war, the killing machine continued to function without hindrance." [Description from the cassette box]
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