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Rudolf Hess Stands Trial in Nuremberg

Rudolf Hess, who became Deputy to the Fuhrer in 1933 and third in line of succession after Hitler and Goring, flew himself to Britain on May 10, 1941, and parachuted into Scotland, where he was found by a farmer. Hess claimed to be on a mission seeking peace with Britain, but was held as a prisoner of war in Wales until being tried at Nuremberg in 1945. Hess was sentenced to life in Spandau Prison, where he died in 1987. Send to a Friend |

Berlin in the Aftermath of War (Color Reel)

Fascinating moving pictures in color show life in Berlin in the summer 1945, just after the Second World War and the capitulation of Germany. Pictures from the destroyed city, Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, F├╝hrerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again. A collage of archive material produced by: Kronos Media Send to a Friend |

'Oh, the Humanity': The Hindenburg Disaster

Radio announcer Herbert Morrison describes the scene as the Hindenburg catches fire during a docking attempt on May 6, 1937. The Hindenburg was the world's largest airship by volume and filled with highly combustible hydrogen gas. Once the fire ignited, the airship was completely destroyed in less than 40 seconds, and 36 of 97 people on board were killed. Send to a Friend |

Original Scenes From 'Downfall'

Perhaps the most widely parodied movie in history, this is the actual scene (with English subtitles) from the 2004 film Der Untergang ("Downfall") dramatizing the final days of Adolf Hitler in the bunker. Send to a Friend |

European Border Change Over Last 1,000 Years

Watch how European nations' borders changed from the Middle Ages until today. Send to a Friend |