This fascinating three-part series sets out to explain one of the most enduring questions in modern history – why did the German people follow Adolf Hitler, one of the most ruthless and murderous dictators the world had ever seen, into battle?
Hitler seemed an unlikely leader - fuelled by anger, incapable of forming normal human relationships and unwilling to debate political issues. Such was the depth of his hatred that he would become a war criminal arguably without precedent in history.
Yet this strange character was once loved by millions. How was this possible, and what role did Hitler's alleged 'charisma' play in his success?
With the help of testimonies from those who lived through those times, film archive - including colour home movies - and specially shot documentary footage; this film reveals how Hitler managed to turn from a nobody in 1913 - someone thought 'peculiar' - into the chancellor and Führer of the German people.