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1998 Limited Series Awards: The Nazis— A Warning from History

By IDA Editorial Staff

Hitler walking the streets with his soldiers, from 'The Nazis: A Warning from History.'

A BBC/A&E—The History Channel Co-production
Historical and Script Consultant: Professor Ian Kershaw
Narrated by Samuel West
Photographed by Martin Patmore Produced and Written by Laurence Rees
6 episodes; 50 min. ea.

How was it possible that a cultured nation at the heart of Europe ever allowed Hitler to come to power? With the help of new film archive discoveries from Russia and interviews with eye witnesses, many of whom are former members of the Nazi party and have never appeared on tele­vision before, this series reveals how the Nazi Party was born, grew in support in the late 1920s and why, in January 1933, Germany's President appointed a popular new Chancellor who was openly committed to overthrowing German democracy— Adolf Hitler.

LAURENCE REES is Editor of Timewatch and Joint Head, BBC-TV Historical Programmes Unit, in the Documentaries and History Department. He joined the BBC in 1978 as a production training intern; twenty years later, the London Times referred to him as "Britain's most distinguished producer of historical documentaries." He has received awards from Broadcast Magazine, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Banff Festival, along with a George Foster Peabody Award and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Under his editorship, BBC's Timewatch has received three Emmys® in the last three years. His book about the series, The Nazis: A Warning from History, is his third published volume.