The SS: A Barbaric State

About the Show

In 1945 Nuremberg, the city where Hitler once drew fanatical crowds at huge Nazi rallies, is the setting for the greatest trial in history, as the Allied victors judge those responsible for the Third Reich. Among the defendants are the F├╝hrer's closest surviving accomplices. But defendant number 27 isn't a person - it is an entire organisation. Originally Hitler's personal protection unit, the SS could be described as a state within a state, and its members were regarded as the Nazi elite. This documentary explores its history.