A documentary series by Jérôme Prieur
Imagine hundreds of voices from pre-war Germany. Voices that said “no”. Voices that have not been heard since the 1930s, voices that have been silent for 80 years. Voices that have finally reach our ears to tell us about Hitler’s Germany, about Nazis taking over German society, about the total transformation of daily life during the Reich. Eyewitness accounts written at that time by those who experienced the rise of Nazism. Imagine 263 stories. 20,000 pages written by men and women in exile, ordinary citizens transformed overnight into social pariahs. A few dozen booklets, most of them 150 to 200 pages, written in German and English. These autobiographies are preserved today in Harvard University’s archives, unknown even by most historians on the era. Almost none of the accounts had been published at the time; about a dozen were published later, mostly posthumously. These manuscripts are of immeasurable value, and are what this film is made of.