The World at War is a British television documentary consisting of 26 hour-long episodes. I don’t remember seeing the documentary when it was first shown on TV in 1973. I had lived through World War II and in 1973, I was watching shows like the Brady Bunch and the Mary Tyler Moore show with my family.
The World at War is currently being shown on the Military channel, and last night I watched Episode #20 which is entitled Genocide. It starts off with a young Heinrich Himmler who is concerned with turning the German youth into a strong, healthy “superior race.” Himmler is shown as the founder of the SS, which is described as a superior fighting force. The documentary is narrated by actor Sir Lawrence Olivier who has a cultured, upper class British accent.