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CLIP 2455

Was Hitler always planning to go to war?

Was Hitler always planning to go to war?
Key Info
  • Was Hitler always planning to go to war?
  • Duration: 03:24
  • The film begins with a timeline and then examines Hitler's actions in the 20s and 30s 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.
  • Credits: British Pathe/ ITN Source
  • Subject:



    International Relations: 1918-1939

  • Keywords: SA, SS, Hitler, Mein Kampf, Nazi Party, Munich Putsch, Beerhall Putsch, Master race, Lebensraum, pan-German state, rearmament, remilitarisation
Ideas for use in class
  • 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.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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