With the aid of rare archives, this two-part film retraces the bloody history of the SS, some of whose members are still alive and have accepted to speak.
Inside the SS is the full story of the Third Reich’s deadliest paramilitary organisation told by the men who served in it.
From its creation, with only 20 young men serving as Hitler’s bodyguards in the 1920’s to 800,000 men spreading terror across Germany and occupied Europe in 1944, the film retraces the construction of Hitler’s fanatical killing machine.
Based on previously unseen interviews and colourised archive footage the film helps us to understand the mechanisms of political radicalisation, and how thousands of men were able to pursue one ideological goal, without constraint or empathy for human kind.
Thanks to a 2 year Europe-wide investigation, Serge de Sampigny’s film unmasks more than 20 wartime SS officers still alive today, who have agreed to speak openly about their roles inside the SS. An unprecedented documentary, that leads us on a journey into the depths of their souls and the madness of their actions.
Outline (Part 01)
Hitler created the SS in 1925 as a private army that would be loyal to him to the death. The young German volunteers, who joined the SS, dreamed of joining the Third Reich’s racial elite. Submitted to intense propaganda and put in charge of the Reich’s concentration camps, these fanatical activists would soon become criminals, jailing communists, Jews, and all real and imagined enemies of National Socialism.
Inside the SS Series
Production & Filming Details
- Presenter(s): Stefan Ashton Frank.
- Director(s): Serge de Sampigny.
- Production: Histodoc for France Télévisions.
- Distributor(s): ZED (France).
- Release Date: 2017.
- Running time: 45 minutes.
- Country: France.
- Language: English and French.