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From the “Protection Squadron“ to the SS State(Episode 1)

The first episode traces the rise to power of the SS: from their ascent in the Weimar Republic to their establishment within the Nazi regime to their role in the first concentration camps and in the war of extermination. From an early stage, the SS built up a business empire and maintained training facilities for new members. The film examines the biographies of several perpetrators. Who was recruited? And why was the SS so attractive to so many men?