Using found footage from East German, Soviet and Polish archives, as well as some amateur photography, this documentary builds a picture of the culture of German Nazism, including some of the films of the Nazi ministry of propaganda.
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Talking about the Third Reich without a single mention of the Jewish issue is not only absurd, but inadvertently highlights the similarities between the Nazis and the Soviets. A very disappointing piece of obsolete propaganda.
Easy to criticize: all Romm's comments about the Hitler personality cult, the brainwashing, the burning of books, holds good for the Stalin era too. I don't think the director's so stupid as to be unaware of this, but it's something that could not be said point blank in 1965. Besides, the film is about Nazism, and via bitterly sarcastic voiceover and an effective juxtaposition of images it achieves a blunt force.