Some Movies on Nazi Germany for History Students
1. Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich (Documentary available on You-tube):
This is based on William L. Shirer’s 1960 history:
2. Historical movies worth watching (like all good historical movies these are well-researched and give a vivid sense of the realities faced by people at the time, but they are movies and are bound to include fictional elements):
2.1. The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel)(1979): a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. It was directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff. A surrealist fiction of a family in Danzig set against the rise of the Nazis and the Second World War.
2.2. Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (German: Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage)(2005): a film by director Marc Rothemund and writer Fred Breinersdorfer about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose, part of the German Resistance movement. She was found guilty of high treason by the People’s Court and executed the same day, 22 February 1943.
2.3. Conspiracy (2001): a BBC/HBO television film which dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The film delves into the psychology of Nazi officials involved in the ‘Final Solution’ of the Jewish Question during World War II.
2.4. Downfall (2004)(German: Der Untergang): a 2004 German-Italian-Austrian historical war drama film depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler’s rule over Nazi Germany in 1945. It was based on several histories of the period. The film was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and written and produced by Bernd Eichinger.
2.5. Nuremberg (2000): a Canadian/United States television docudrama, based on the book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial by Joseph E. Persico, that tells the story of the Nuremberg trials.
Well-known movies on the Holocaust in Poland (see list of movies on modern Poland)::
2.6. Schindler’s List (1993):