This scintillating documentary looks back at the 1944 trial of a band of Nazis who sought to assassinate Hitler, and explores similar instances of internal resistance in the Third Reich.
Description by First Run Features Home Video:
In August of 1944, the trial of the men who conspired to assassinate the Führer — the events that formed the basis for the film Valkyrie — began. Under orders from Joseph Goebbels, cameras were hidden in the courtroom and the resulting footage was transformed into a propaganda film. Goebbels released his film to the public but only succeeded in generating sympathy for the conspirators, who were sentenced to death by the visibly deranged Nazi tribunal judge. Having miscalculated the impact of these images, Goebbels ordered the film banned and destroyed. But one print has been found. Through authentic footage of the trial, the film details the various attempts to assassinate Hitler — from the bomb in Munich's Bürgerbräukeller to Claus von Stauffenberg's explosive attack on the Wolfsschanze — and sheds light on the anti-Nazi resistance. Featuring previously unseen film and sound documentation of the National Committee for a Free Germany, a German resistance group, this astonishing film also unearths new information about members of the Kreisau Circle and the White Rose.
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