The Curse of the Swastika

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War Documentary hosted by Roy de Groot and Bob Danvers-Walker, published by British Pathe in 1940 - English narration

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The Curse of The Swastika, a classic British Pathe documentary from 1940, illustrates the insidious rise of the Nazi Party from its post World War One origins through Adolf Hitlers conniving to become the leader of the party and eventual dictator of his self-styled Third Reich. 'The Curse Of The Swastika' is a call to arms justifying, in its unique slant, the necessity of the Second World War. It highlights: The twisted logic of the scapegoating of the Jews, the development of the dreaded Nazi concentration camps, the construction of the Siegfried Line and the dynamic tensions and botched compromises of all European inter-war politics. The annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland before the eventual declaration of war with the invasion of Poland are all explored. The Battle of the River Plate in December 1939, the preparedness of French troops for the Battle For France and the sinking of the Graf Spee by Admiral Harwood and the British Navy. This historic documentary is accompanied by no less than eight complementary bonus features. Run Adolf Run is a cartoon poking fun at Adolf Hitler and this is followed by in-depth looks at the subsequent Nazi annexations and invasions of Germanys neighbouring countries. Finally, as the war turned against the Nazi War Machine in 1944, there is an in-depth look at the plot to assassinate Hitler by a group of his own officers. Script & Scenario: Vernon J. Clancey ; Production: Fred Watts ; Pathe Pictures Production 1940 BONUS FEATURES:

  1. Run Adolf Run (1 min.) ; # Berchtesgaden (1 min.) ; # Hitler Annexes Czechoslovakia (4 min.) ; # The Nazi War Machine (6 min.) ; # The Nazis Invade Poland (6 min.) ; # Luxembourg and the Netherlands Are Invaded (2 min.) ; # The Nazis Invade Belgium and France (3 min.) ;# The Hitler Assassination Plot (8 min.)

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 2 187 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x552
Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 13 min
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.21 GB
Source: DVD (Thanks to JB@a.b.dvd.classics)
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