The Abyss: Rise and Fall of the Nazis on SBS is about Europe in the 1920s and 1930s – a continent licks its wounds after the devastation of WWI.

In this fertile breeding ground for dissent, authoritarian regimes are on the rise.

The Abyss: Rise And Fall Of The Nazis takes a fresh look at the Third Reich from a global and current perspective. It tells us how the Nazis managed to conquer Germany and then half of Europe within a few years. How could that be, with the horrors of World War I still so fresh? Why did it take so long before they were stopped?

A combination of previously unpublished archive material, historic sources and an international team of experts paint a new picture of Hitler’s regime. The series unpicks the complex sequence of events that boosted a new regime, allowing violence and brutality to unfold on an unbelievable scale.

Series One, Episode Eight: Genocide 1942-1944 Sunday, 12 March at 5.30pm

The only goal of Sobibor – to kill hundreds and thousands of Jews from the Polish ghettos in the most efficient way. Together with Treblinka and Majdanek, Sobibor is one of the camps of ‘Operation Reinhardt,’ a Nazi murder campaign that took nearly two million lives within a few months in 1942/43. Unlike Auschwitz, Operation Reinhardt left few traces and few survivors. Niemann’s photographs documented in a German idyll – horse-riding, music and social gatherings, while next door Jews are gassed and burned to death.

The Abyss: Rise And Fall Of The Nazis – New Episodes – From Sunday, 12 March at 5.30pm on SBS and SBS on Demand (10 Parts)

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