Auschwitz: The Nazi Final Solution
Auschwitz was the site of the largest mass murder the world has ever seen. This landmark, 6-part series charts the evolution of the camp and the mentality of the perpetrators, and shows how the place related to the Nazis overall campaign of extermination.
Written and produced by award-winning filmmaker Laurence Rees, and using new research, the series offers a unique perspective on the camp in which more than one million people were ruthlessly murdered. The first episode, "Surprising Beginnings", tells of the camp's early days and how it was originally intended for a very different purpose than the murder of the Jews.
This film does a great job at investigating this intriguing, disgusting and important part of our history. What happened in Nazi Germany is not a story for Jews. It's a story for all world citizens. This series of films gives an in-depth look at what happened in Nazi Germany and exactly how it did happen.
You got that right. Only a paltry few Nazis were ever tried for their crimes, even fewer were found guilty and executed, and virtually ALL of those imprisoned were released early, well before serving their full sentences. Why? Because 1946 rolled around and they were magically elevated from absolute scum to Cold War pawns.
Worse still, the many thousands of *Nazi* pawns who lined up and shot unarmed Jewish men, women, and children conversational distances got away with it entirely. Virtually NONE were ever tried, much less paid any price for what they did. Why? Because they were 'just taking orders', and therefore couldn't be blamed for their crimes.
Just after the war, some Allied authority - I forget whom right now - advocated for letting what was left of Germany to rot. Too bad they didn't. A hundred, a thousand, even a million years of suffering and contrition couldn't begin to make up for what that country put the world through.
And now we have the half-witted holocaust deniers and conspiracy theorists who think the internet is a history class and that Alex Jones is an expert on the subject. The world should let them go to rot as well. It certainly doesn't need any more mindless, anti-Semitic, bigoted morons than lived in the last century or any other. It's a crying shame their Kool-Aid doesn't come from the real Jonestown; THAT would be real justice.
I have a picture of a baby girl from Auschwitz that looks just like my daughter. How would I go about finding out who she is? My daughter is 4% Jewish
I'm so appalled that so many Nazis got away with this. I think of this tragedy every day. Never forget
Well, I found this very important because if our kids didn't know about what happened at these camps then they are more likely to repeat it themselves.
You have to read read the history to find out why Jews were hated , there are multiple sources in internet.
From my point of view , it was the very fact of jews to defend themselves from their values when new sets of values emerged , also due to multiple wars and conquests Jews didn't succumb to the pressure of conversion and submission from the new powerful rulers, they survived by migrating off to new lands also they were perfect scapegoat for the failure of new rulers ,whatever natural disasters and diseases , conspiracies after conspiracies to eliminate Jews , but they still survived and their success didn't make the haters happy
That so many humans in these comments are seeking to deny the horror of this episode in your history is an expression of the same dark side of your duality that allows such things to occur. The humans that have fallen so deeply into an ignorance that allows such behaviour are themselves living in a darkness which may be called a hell as much as the hell of their victims. For those that commit such crimes against humanity have lost their own humanity.
Hitler was a monster and he did exactly what history tells to Jews and others. Denial of history is form of mental illness to identify a possible culprit to blame for why your life is messed up. There is only one thing to blame your own weakness and stupidity.
What a bunch of BS
it is a product of departments of psychological warfare. some of the more heinously preposterous aspects have even been abandoned by proponents of hollycaust history themselves because they were too ridiculous to be believed, such as the "shrunken heads", "bars of soap", "lamp shades of skin" and the "atomizer" which "vaporized 20,000 people at a time, instantly, leaving no trace"
you can't make this stuff up. oh, wait.....
unfortunately all one has to do is look into the facts rather than the hysteria surrounding this issue and the truth becomes painfully clear: the world has been sold a bill of goods on this upon which the entire paradigm of our age has been constructed. look at how many times the 6 million number appeared in various newspapers long before world war 2 even began. there is also the fact that in many "free" countries you can lose your "freedom" for even asking questions about this. that is stage 2 of schopenhauer's 3 stages of truth. the whole fabricated story is ridiculous and there are plenty of honest jews who speak the truth about the fact that most of these stories are fiction.
to the operator of this site: please upload david cole's documentary "cole in auschwitz"
It seems to me that Leslie and many other Christians are groping for a reason to divest themselves of any guilt for the Nazi's carrying out what many Christians felt in their heart since Jesus was crucified. When you look at Jesus word, he died for all humans including the Jews. The Nazi's were the Devils spawn. When they murdered the Jews (many other minorities) they were following the Devils word.
People who try to blame the Jews for their own victimization have no idea what happened in Nazi Germany and the genius of Hitler's madness in totally subjugating a people from every aspect. The gas chambers didn't come first but through an incremental subjugation and degradation process did he steal their self worth and humanity first. In the end there was no punishment that would have been sufficient for what he inflicted on the individual Jew. Before he brought physical pain of unimagined proportions he stole their self worth and reduced them to the lowest levels of sub-humanity. No punishment is fit such this would be compensated. Hitler through madness was able to exact an unimagined revenge unequaled in modern history. God help us all.
all these comments saying death is just a part of war, what's really so shocking about this is that a lot of the deaths had nothing to do with the war! just innocent Jews including children.
LESLIE MOOREHEAD....I LOVE UR COMMMENTS....SOMEONE LIKE ME WHO IS A CHRISTIAN BUT HAS A LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE. CANT EXPLAIN IT...SO I DONT QUESTION IT....would love to contact you,,,
The root of this behavior is the most extreme form of racism.
I visited Auschwitz 2 days ago, and believe if I say that despite what a such ignorant man coul tell it was even worst than what the doc shows. Morover there were and there still are people who witnessed those horrible facts:were they all mad? Did they have a mass nightmare????
My father has the number branded on his arm and lived through hell of this place. He is 90. The rest of his family died in the gas chambers.
"Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution" is a brilliant and powerful 6 part BBC series that you'll definitely want to watch.
Unfortunately, as I write this on 5/6/13, the video feed for this documentary is only streaming one episode of the entire 6 episode documentary.
Mods / site runners, please fix this!
I had a friend who survived Auschwitz. One day he even showed me his branded arm, The events he remembered were so very sad. I can't even begin to think of all the pain and suffering these people endured, let this be a lesson HATE IS AN UGLY THING.
Dear god at least tell me.. at LEAST tell me that these twins dying produced groundbreaking research that has saved countless lives since. I mean since it happened anyway, at LEAST tell me SOMETHING good came from it.
So these kids didn't die for nothing.
The Nazi's didn't lose the war. They moved the base of operations. It is an idea! Very strong now in the western world. Esp Uk and USA.
After the war the CIA recruited many of the Nazi war criminals. What happened to the prisoners is one of the most frightening chapters of world history. To deny that these atrocities even took place is to give allowances to the Nazis. For our own government to recruit Nazis in Operation Paperclip and Operation National Interest in order to fight communism is a betrayal of the highest magnitude to the victims as well as the American people. Plsmscientist... you are a complete *****. Not an opinion. Fact.
Ja Mengele made experiments, but what about the US who has 300.000.000 citizens which they can poison everyday with useless medicine to feed the industry?
Look guys. It's war not a party. No forensic investigation was allowed to prove that people were gased. Anyway this does not mean that crimes were not commited. Obviously they stole money (please someone name me a war where money and fortunes were not been stolen). Unfortunately these stories, numbers and facts have been completely distorted. In brief Hitler gave today's Jews (some) so much power that they can get away with everything (Finance robbery, exstorsion, mafia, oppression of palestine). And no one dares to say anything.
@Bustle It's easy for someone to ponder such things when they don't know what it was like living under such a regime. There's one word you need to understand man.. fear.
I've often wondered why no one stopped Hitler's rise to power; how could anyone not see what was happening in Germany?
In the Garden of Beasts, a powerful true narrative by Erik Larson, about the American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd, who spent from 1933 to 1937 in Berlin, explains what he witnessed and many additional things about that time in history.
I have a friend whose grandmother was forced into prostetution in one of the camps. She didnt know all the details and didnt feel much like talking about it so I let it slide.
I have, on occatons , been told some of the grandmothers stories by my friend or her mother, things that are simply too sick and detailed (what happened in the camp) to dismiss as "Jewish Propaganda"
far right extremist those are holocaust deniers
you guys are all really bad at trollspotting.
i have the final solution for all the nazis! burn'em all!
you´re the most ign*rant , st*pid ,insane person person that i caught here if you´re human , i´m proud to be an animal!!! shame on you!
by th' way i´m Portuguese and during history my ancesters enslave entire african countries it´s the thing that i´m really shame of it , here´s a lesson the firs right of all being (not only human) it´s FREEDOM!!!
Gabriel I am not a Jew ...in fact an atheist....but your comments not only show a stunning lack of moral value ...but a decided absence of good manners and knowledge of history......But then again you seem to be writing as an American...
As a jew, that is the most disgusting thing i have EVER heard someone say.
I applaud you Gabriel McKinley, well done for making yourself sound like an inhumane, anti-semitic jerk
For me the most disturbing part about this part of German history (and mind you I am a German) is the total lack of human compassion on the German's part. With the persuasiveness that Hitler had, he could have done so much good for our country. Instead he used his talents and strengths for wrong and even now, almost 70 years later, it still feels like we as Germans are cleaning up his mess and trying to get back to our glory days before Hitler had tarnished our culture and ruined our names and image.
I used to believe all this stuff but I think it's been blown out of proportion with the select footage shown in these docs. And the narration doesn't do anything to help either. "bring on the hate mail"
Well done and informative
If the so called gas chambers actually existed (which there is proff they did not), then it was other Jews killing Jews. The Jews were so greedy and selfish they let their families and friends die while they lived. If they would have refused to work then the Germans would not have been able to run the camps. Many of the pictures I have seen of the camps show smiling, healthy prisoners. And why are only jews ever mentioned in regards to the camps? There were Gypsies, Catholics, gays, and Jahovahs there too. The only ones I hear screaming about reperations etc... are the Jews (and they wonder why they are viewed as greedy by others)
Sentimental hog wash. this "holocaust" thing is one big lie. never happened. its a fact!
A man once said "the single biggest problem facing mankind today is what to do about the jew, it is a quest that needs answering in as much as it need questioning and a solution will be available soon to implement and rid this problem forever." This quote i don't agree with and find abohorant. Why is Israel the most hated nation in the world and why are they making people sympathise with great remorse and regret that the final solution was not successfully implemented? Why hate?
Raul Hilgurg, Author of "The Destruction of the European Jews" admitted in a court of law that there is no scientific evidence that even one Jew died from gassing. Most died from Typhus which raged through the camps, also admitted ny Hilbug, a Jewish expert on the camps. Fred Leuchter, who is a gas chamber expert who used to design gas chambers for the US prison system was hired by Ernst Zundel, the thought criminal, to examine the 'supposed' gas chambers of Auschwitz and the resultant tests proved the gas chambers were replicas built by the Communists after the war as propaganda pieces. They couldn't and never did work. There is no greater God than truth, and this episode of History is rife with propaganda. When was the last movie or documentary you saw on what the communists have done to the Christian Gentiles in Russia? Peter
people need to have more love and peace in their minds and hearts. *sigh* i wish i could help all those who lack this strength.
as humans we must bledge "never again " .
after watching this documentary and reading and watching other things on the nazi war, i think its very important that we not forget what these people went through, not just jews, but all who died in these awful camps. its important for us to remember so we can speak out about these things because it could easily happen again! Its sad for some to think that this war was pathetic. It wasnt pathetic, it was uncalled for. This is why we need to be made aware and make sure our children and there childrens children know of this tragedy to help prevent it from ever happening again!
It really staggers the mind how anyone with any amount of intelligence can deny the holocaust or try to trivialize it in any way-Really pathetic.
Systematic, state policy of genocide dictated by a charismatic spiritual leader, Hitler. How tragic I find one of the revelations this documentary presents notable, that the SS, who looked so noble and intelligent,were really hedonistic pigs.
Everything is quite hard to understand. Since the beginning of time, nations are trying to destroy other nations, in the name of religion,of expansion of their territories, and cruelty was not a modern invention. But what makes the extermination of the Jews is the whole, very organized, systematically done way of doing it. The factory of death where everything was counted, prepared with that sole intention: getting rid of people who couldn't do nothing about the way they were. Judaism is not a race but a religion as the catholic one is. And when the Nazis were showing movies from different ghettos, the only thing they were presenting was another proof of the bad conditions they were having the Jewish population living: overcrowded, malnourished, dead corpses abandoned in the middle of the streets, few medical access...What to expect! Any group of people who would have to be concealed in those kind of environment would'nt have look better.
From my part, it is the biggest crime committed in the History of Humanity (without dismissing all other genocides : Armeniens, Rawda, Serbia, and now, right in front of our eyes, Darfur). Who said that we did learned from our past?
Holocaust deniers are some of the most nieve people around...even if "testimony is sketchy" there is plenty of photo documentation of the actions of einzatzgruppen death squads that went into action before most prisoners were sent to these camps as well as paper documentation describing the effectiveness of these groups. Granted the nazis would generally pawn off the "dirty jobs" to latvians and ukranians and various other native populations cuaght up in the antisemetic wave that would sympathize with the nazis to better there own situation, the nazi ideology was what fueled the mass killings. And the vast, unorganized bureaucracy (headed and exploited mostly by the SS) helped cloud most activities, as well as the fact that most death camps were tucked back into low populated and heavily wooded areas.
There are 10 parts of this documentary...where are the rest?
No. I am highlighting that when the government gives orders to the people and army that they have very little choice. Same for the wartime Germans as it is for their modern counterparts.
Also i am not sure how the US army got into this as i am speaking from a UK point of view. But now that you mention it the same principle apllies.
@Epicurean_Logic - Aren’t we exactly the same?
Are you comparing the U.S. military to Nazi death camps.
Be ashamed sir... be ashamed.