Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution

Auschwitz. Its name is synonymous with the Holocaust. But how did this infamous death camp come about? How were the Nazis able to slaughter over a million people in less than five years? What was life like for both inmates and guards? How did Allied soldiers react when they liberated the camp in 1945?

1 Season, 6 Episodes
January 11, 2005
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Samuel West, Horst-Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt
Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution

Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution Full Episode Guide

  • The reality of life in the concentration camps was revealed upon the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen in 1945. The final days of war and its immediate aftermath is a story as shocking as it is surprising.

  • 1944 was the most frenzied period of killing in the history of Auschwitz - and the surprising story of the Nazis' attempt to negotiate with the Allies - one million Jewish lives for the provision of certain goods known as the 'Blood for Goods' deal.

  • By 1943, life was good for many of those in charge at the camp. SS eyewitness accounts recall how those in power at Auschwitz lined their pockets with wealth stolen from Jewish inmates, while they also engaged in illicit affairs by opening a brothel.

  • France is the first western country to deport residents to Auschwitz. This leads to the biggest killing year in the history of the 'Final Solution', prompting people like German officer Albert Battel to risk everything to save the lives of detainees.

  • By 1942, the camp is established as a place where thousands of people have been murdered, but the horrific regime demands yet more be killed. The Nazis involve the Jewish Ghetto leadership in Lodz to select those who will be sent there.

  • Over one million were killed in a camp that ended up as a byword for the mass murder of Jews. However, the camp was originally constructed for a very different purpose than the genocide that eventually occurred there.

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