I wanted to share the best german history documentary from the 8th to the 20th century I know at the moment. It´s called Die Deutschen (The Germans),
and was produced by the ZDF (Second German Television). They show the german history in every episode with one main person, and there are 20 episodes in 2 seasons. They do not focus on the second world war, but on the over thousand years old history before. Sadly you will find this movies only in German here:www.zdf.de/Die-Deutschen/Die-D…
And on Youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCc31o…
But for all who understand German or just wanna see the scenes, which are very nice too, can have a look at it.
Otto und das Reich:
The story of king Otto the Great who defeated the Hungaryans in the 10th century and founded the Holy Roman Empire (Germany in the middleage) in 962.
Heinrich und der Papst:
Heinrich and the pope fight for who has more power in Europe, the german king or the italian pope.
Barbarossa und der Löwe:
Friedrich redbeard the best Kaiser Germany had in the middleage rules the middle of Europe and Italy, but also the princes of Germany want more power.
Luther und die Nation:
Martin Luther doesn´t tolerate the greedy Rome that wants more and more money from the people, and a god of hate. Luther wants a god of love and the german money stays in german lands. With his translation of the bible into German, he creates the first High-German language.
Wallenstein und der Krieg:
The 30-years-war haunts Europe and Wallenstein is the together with Tilly the most famous general in the catholic army.
Preußens Friedrich und die Kaiserin:
Friedrich the Great fights against Austrias Kaiserin Maria Theresia for Schlesien. After Friedrichs armys defeat several other armys that outnumbered the prussian armys, he makes Prussia a great power of Europe.
Napoleon und die Deutschen:
Napoleon invades the german states and wakes up the german patriotism and wish to unite the fatherland at last.
Robert Blum und die Revolution:
Democratic revoluzzers want to unite the nation, street-fights in all bigger cities.
Bismarck und das Deutsche Reich:
Thanks to the intelligent Otto von Bismarck, Prussia can unite after 3 wars with Denmark, Austria and France the german nation.
Wilhelm und die Welt:
Kaiser Wilhelm II wants to get colonies for a country that has become the strongest economy in Europe, with the best scientists and thinkers at that time.
Karl der Große und die Sachsen:
Karl the Great ruler over France, Germany and Italy wants to fight against the last pagan Germans, the Saxons and their leader Widukund.
Friedrich II und der Kreuzzug:
Kaiser Friedrich II starts a crusade in the middle east and conquers Jerusalem without a war.
Hildegard von Bingen Macht der Frauen:
Hildegard is the best known german women of the middleage, she founded her own monastery in a by men dominated world.
Karl IV und der schwarze Tod:
Kaiser Karl makes Prague the new capital of Germany and his Reich is blooming. But the black death and floods kill many people.
Thomas Müntzer und der Krieg der Bauern:
After Martin Luther published his Thesen, the peasants attack their lords and want freedom.
August der Starke und die Liebe:
August is king of Poland and has several hundred children. He is the best known german baroque king and made Dresden a pearl.
Karl Marx und der Klassenkampf:
Marx invents his communistic idea, not because he was evil, but because he wanted to give the workers a better life.
Ludwig II und die Bayern:
King Ludwig II of Bavaria the fairy-tale king builds his dream castles and has to unite Bavaria with Germany.
Rosa Luxemburg und die Freiheit:
She is a rather radical communist and wants to change Germany completely.
Gustav Stresemann und die Republik:
After Germany lost the first world war, the Versailles dictate causes street-fights and hate, Stresemann has to find a way to save the republic.