Speer and Hitler - On SBS, Sunday 18th January

by frances 15. January 2009 15:44

SBS is showing a documentary - Speer and Hitler - this Sunday night. Here is the information from the SBS website 

Germania The Madness - This three-part series blends historical footage, re-enactments and interviews with key witnesses in order to paint a picture of architect, Albert Speer. Speer was a cultivated intellectual who allied himself with the 20th-century's most horrifying embodiment of evil. In a series of flashbacks, using old newsreels and films, it looks at Speer's rise to power. Appointed initially just to design a set for a Nazi party rally, he won favour with Hitler who appointed him his Chief Building Inspector and charged him with rebuilding Berlin. In 1942 he was made Armaments Minister and oversaw a huge rise in production. Speer's children provide their reflections on how he changed overnight from a respected father to a war criminal. Directed by Heinrich Breloer and stars Tobias Moretti (Kommissar Rex) and Sebastian Koch. Interviews with historian Joachim Fest and film-maker Leni von Riefenstahl are also featured. (From Germany, in German, English subtitles) (Docu-drama Series) (2005)

This documentary video can be used to introduce students (in Years 11 - 12 studying Modern History) to Albert Speer and his role in Nazi Germary. You might then want to use a WebQuest created specifically for NSW HSC syllabus, by Susan Barrett, a Teacher Librarian at McCarthy Catholic College in Tamworth.

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