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Karl explores different ways of life and delves into the values and priorities others use guide their time on Earth. He spends time with a Buddhist monk, a costumed vigilante, a Mormon fundamentalist polygamist family, a creative philanthropist, an nonagenarian skydiver, and a man who does ‘extreme ironing‘.
- Locations featured: Monterey, California, United States; San Diego, United States; Rocky Ridge, Utah, United States; Santa Cruz, California, United States; Denver, United States; Moab, Utah, United States
Karl Pilkington was a producer on the XFM Ricky Gervais show, which eventually became a record breaking podcast and an American animated series for HBO.
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Twentieth Century • (History Hit) 25m
Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were two talented, courageous, and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to become the only female test pilots in Hitler’s Germany – eventually being awarded the Iron Cross for their services to the Luftwaffe. Both were brilliant pilots, both were great patriots, and both had a strong sense of honour and duty – but in every other respect they could not have been more different.
Despite often being the only two women in the Aero Club who weren’t wives, the women’s backgrounds and ideologies ensured that they came to despise each other.
While Hanna tried to save Hitler’s life, begging him to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, Melitta covertly supported the most famous attempt to assassinate the Führer and would fly over the Buchenwald Concentration Camp to bring hope to the people interned there.
In this fascinating interview, acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley explores some of the astonishing details of these women’s experiences – both those that are remarkably parallel, and those that couldn’t have been more different. Their interwoven lives provide vivid insight into gender and technology, but also coercion, consent and resistance in Nazi Germany.
Having stood for decades as a relic of Nazi hubris, the immense site of the ‘Strength Through Joy’ camp at Prora is being redeveloped and will soon serve its original purpose – housing holidaymakers
“You’d have thought there would have been a big hall or something,” declares a disappointed American voice on leaving the Prora Documentation Centre, a museum on the edge of a half-disused, half-renovated holiday camp in north-east Germany. What he was hoping for, in the largest single surviving remnant of the Third Reich, is some hint of the past. But there is little of that here today.
The Third Reich destroyed many cities, but it never built one. It began some – notably the industrial city of Wolfsburg – and it planned many others. But mostly, its ideas about what they called the Volksgemeinschaft (“people’s community”) went unrealised. With one exception: the Strength Through Joy (Kraft durch Freude) resort of Prora, on the Isle of Rügen.
Commissioned by KdF, the leisure organisation operated by Robert Ley’s German Labour Front, Prora was planned in the mid-1930s to the designs of Clemens Klotz and substantially built before the outbreak of the second world war. It was intended as an immense holiday camp, the largest in the world at nearly three miles long, stretching in a sandy arc along the Baltic Sea.
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“Top Gear” star James May knows about cars. In this series, he explores the history of that transportation method, beginning with how people first got their vehicles. His findings show that design brilliance, abject failure, war, and fraud shaped early days of the industry in places like Germany and Britain. The host spotlights microcars, automotive rivalries, and the development of modern machines as he reveals “the ultimate people’s car,” which is his choice for the greatest vehicle in automobile history.
Kraft durch Freude was a state-operated leisure organization in Nazi Germany. It was a part of … The KdF’s most ambitious programme for German workers was to set up production of an affordable car, the “KdF-Wagen”, which later became the Volkswagen Beetle (“Volkswagen” being German for “People’s Car”).
Hannah’s War, by Jan Eliasberg: What’s the Story About?
“A “mesmerizing” re-imagination of the final months of World War II (Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network), Hannah’s War is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery.
Berlin, 1938. Groundbreaking physicist Dr. Hannah Weiss is on the verge of the greatest discovery of the 20th century: splitting the atom. She understands that the energy released by her discovery can power entire cities or destroy them. Hannah believes the weapon’s creation will secure an end to future wars, but as a Jewish woman living under the harsh rule of the Third Reich, her research is belittled, overlooked, and eventually stolen by her German colleagues. Faced with an impossible choice, Hannah must decide what she is willing to sacrifice in pursuit of science’s greatest achievement.”
“In June 1940, the Channel Islands – British Crown Dependencies – were occupied by German forces. On the orders of Adolf Hitler, they were transformed into impregnable fortresses, works that still mark the islands today. Measuring just three square miles, the island of Alderney now found itself one of the most heavily fortified places in the world. But the island’s wartime story didn’t end there. The majority of the island’s population were evacuated to the mainland prior to the occupation but a small number chose to return to their homes despite the trials of living alongside the enemy. The two communities weren’t alone, they were joined by thousands of foreign labourers – slave labour – who endured meagre rations and rampant disease. To house the influx of POWs, the German occupiers built four camps on Alderney, including Lager Sylt – the only concentration camp on British soil.”