In the five years that separated the end of WWII from the start of the Cold War, the world hoped for lasting peace, but instead found itself on the brink of apocalypse. In May, 1945, a terrible war finally ended in the smoking ruins of the Reich. But for many civilians, the aftermath of the war was even more brutal than the conflict itself. Based entirely on remastered and re-coloured archives, this film details the searing reality of those post war years by compiling unseen Russian, British, German, French, Canadian and American archives, and unique images of daily life.
Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising helped to shape political forces in Australia at a crucial time in our own national history. In particular, the execution of the leaders of the insurrection had a profound effect on Archbishop Daniel Mannix, the man who led Australia's Catholic community. Independent documentary maker Eoin Hahessy captures the mood of the time in this new film commemorating the centenary of these powerful events.
On September 11, 2001, an unimaginable horror unfolded that devastated the United States and the rest of the world. Fifteen years later we are still gripped by terror, but it has transformed. Attacks have been coming fast and furious, but they are no longer commanded by a central entity. This is terrorism in the age of the Internet: crowd-sourced violence. This gripping documentary investigates the psychology of terrorists and examines how radical organisations use modern propaganda and social media to cultivate an army of self-radicalised killers. This program goes inside the minds of this new breed of terrorist to define the new techniques and technologies that can be utilised to help law enforcement cope with this elusive threat and to figure out how psychology and technology can be leveraged to end this dreadful cycle of terror.
In 1936, 18 African-American athletes, dubbed the 'black auxiliary' by Hitler, defied Nazi Aryan supremacy and Jim Crow racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 summer Olympic Games.
After 1968, African Americans set out to build a new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatens to split the black community in two.
Examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable.
Actor and peace campaigner Mark Rylance explores the extraordinary World War II story of his grandfather, Osmond Skinner, who spent almost four years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Mark uncovers how Osmond, a banker for HSBC, bravely joined the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force and was thrown into a deadly battle to defend the island. With no military training, Osmond was shot on Christmas Day and taken as a POW. In this moving and compelling film, Rylance's views on war are tested as he uncovers the real and shocking story of how Osmond survived Hong Kong's notorious POW camps.
At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African-Americans left the south, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the north and the west.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the most famous woman in the world, impossibly glamorous and universally admired. She was also complex, layered, and extremely guarded, making her endlessly fascinating and enigmatic. This incredibly compelling film provides a definitive exploration of her life, from iconic first lady to widow, unofficial royalty, and fashion icon.
Carey Mulligan's grandfather Denzil Booth, a teenager from the Welsh Valleys, travelled thousands of miles to fight the Japanese in the final months of the war. Carey discovers his university education meant Denzil was fast-tracked to be a junior officer in the navy. On board Britain's biggest warship, Denzil lost his closest friends, as it was the first ever to be attacked by a Japanese kamikaze. Carey travels to Japan to understand the culture of the kamikaze from the other side. She's shocked by the age of the pilots and the horrors her grandfather faced when he arrived in Tokyo.
Examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the Civil War, the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief moment in the sun.
Kristin Scott Thomas's grandfather William served as a commanding officer in the Royal Navy throughout World War II. He survived some of the most devastating battles, from Dunkirk to D-day, but never spoke about his experiences. For the first time, Kristin uncovers how he saved thousands at Dunkirk and endured the horrors of the Russian Arctic convoys. Kristin's journey of discovery is packed with revelation and emotion as she meets the families of people her grandfather saved and veterans who served alongside him. Kristin unearths a lost chapter of her family history and reclaims a missing medal.
Black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For the free, these years were a time of opportunity, but for most African Americans, this era represented a new nadir.
When the Nazis entered the Ukraine and Lithuania they were often greeted as liberators. Both countries had suffered under Soviet occupation and saw the Germans as the best way of ensuring that their historic enemy would never return, and so began some of the most savage collaborations of the war.
This episode explores Finnish collaborators, and dispels with the myth that they were the 'good collaborators', who were not involved in many war crimes.
Both sets of Helena Bonham Carter's grandparents, one in France, one in England, weren't conventional war heroes. They didn't fight in any battles but did save countless lives. Helena explores the story of her maternal grandfather Eduardo Propper de Callejon. A Spanish diplomat, Eduardo defied his government's orders and helped Jewish people escape the Holocaust as the Nazi's invaded France. Helena learns her paternal grandmother Lady Violet Bonham Carter took her own stand against anti-Semitism. A mother of four and a liberal politician, Violet was also ahead of her times, volunteering as an air raid warden and campaigning for women's rights.
Greece lost 300,000 citizens thanks to Nazi occupiers, and its resistance movement is the stuff of legend. Less well known is that many Greeks collaborated with the Nazis.
Failed politician Anton Mussert's lust for power leads him to make a pact with the Nazis, going even so far as swearing his allegiance personally to Adolf Hitler. But Hilter turns the tables on Mussert, costing the Dutch people dearly.
Examine the 1935 Nuremburg Laws, the final solution, and soldiers who were Jewish that were allowed to fight for Germany.
Beginning a full century before the first documented slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, this episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on American shores.
At what point does the desire to support your people become unacceptable? That is the huge issue that confronts those who wish to judge Mohammad Amin Al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Because there is now doubt that Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem collaborated with the Nazis. He recruited Bosnian Muslims to serve in the Waffen SS when their own imams opposed such collaboration.
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