Prelude to War
This film, which began as a training video for US Troops, compares the "free" world, the US, to the "slave" world, the dictatorships that had formed in Germany, Italy, and Japan. Used widely as a propaganda piece, the film endures as a study of how gorvernments strive to justify wars to those who fight them.
The Nazi Strike
Frank Capra directed this documentary that depicts Germany's diplomatic and military betrayals leading up to their 1939 invasion of Poland. It offers an account as to what specific events led up to Britain and France's declarations of war against Hitler's regime.
The Secret Life of Hitler
This film details the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler. Featuring enlightening interviews with Hitler's sister, as well as a fellow inmate imprisoned with him during WWI, and Eva Braun, his wife. Westbrook Van Voorhis narrates.
This 1946 documentary, directed by Russian filmmaker C Svilov, was the first film produced about the last major event of WWII, the Nuremberg Trials. The proceedings included top Nazi officials, soldiers, and civilians being brought to trial for war crimes. The firsthand account provides for a unique perspective on these events.