Mein Kampf (1960)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Sweden, USA  |  
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Director Erwin Leiser is most known for this documentary that borrows the title of Hitler's rantings in book form, to present the true story of his rise and fall. (Leiser himself had to flee Germany to escape Nazi persecution.) Using film clips of the result of Nazi atrocities in the death camps and previously unseen footage from the Warsaw Ghetto, Leiser has put together a devastating picture of barbaric inhumanity. He leads up to the outcome of Hitler's insane policies by using still photos, newspaper excerpts, and newsreel footage to detail the German dictator's rise to power. The documentary leaves one major question: how could this homicidal lunatic have been left unchecked to lead the world into the worst conflagration it has ever known?

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atrocity, chronicle, Fascism, Nazism, war, war-atrocities