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The Path to Nazi Genocide

Full Film

Aftermath of World War I and the Rise of Nazism, 1918–1933 Next

This 38-minute film examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany. Using rare footage, the film explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.

This film is intended for adult viewers, but selected segments may be appropriate for younger audiences.

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This film was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It contains material protected by copyright and all rights are reserved. This film may not be reproduced and use is limited to educational purposes only.

This film was made possible by generous support from Dr. Donald and Sue Hecht, the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, the Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Foundation, and the May Family Endowment for Civic Responsibility.

Film Chapters

  • Prologue (Starts at 00:00)
  • Aftermath of World War I and the Rise of Nazism, 1918–1933 (Starts at 00:58)
  • Building a National Community, 1933–1936 (Starts at 12:22)
  • From Citizens to Outcasts, 1933–1938 (Starts at 18:12)
  • World War II and the Holocaust, 1939–1945 (Starts at 24:34)
  • Sources and Credits (Starts at 37:25)