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The clip begins with a timeline and then examines Hitler's actions in the 1920s and 1930s against his stated aims. It uses the words of Hitler from Mein Kampf about Aryan superiority and the need for Lebensraum ('living space' for the expanding Germany) in Eastern Europe and Russia. The intention to abolish the Versailles Treaty is examined alongside the rearmament and remilitarisation of the Rhineland and Anschluss. Finally, the clip uses the words of Churchill to suggest that there were always those who saw Hitler's aim as war.
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First broadcast:
26 January 2012

Classroom Ideas

With the hindsight we now have, students could be asked to examine Churchill's words against Hitler's actions and come to a conclusion about whether appeasement was a sensible policy to pursue. Students could do a card-sorting exercise, matching Hitler's actions with his aims.