The Third Reich lasted for 12 years, three months and nine days. It began with great hopes and ended after a world war in which more than 50 million people were killed, Germany was destroyed and the European Jews murdered. This program embarks on a unique journey through the bleakest chapter of German history. Michael Kloft traces the story of the Third Reich, painting a picture of Nazi dictatorship behind the propaganda. In describing the politics, day-to-day life, the war years and the crimes of the Nazi state, he is aided by three famous historians: Sir Ian Kershaw has set worldwide standards with his biography of Hitler, Brigitte Hamann examines the fascination with the Fuehrer in her groundbreaking studies and Goetz Aly describes the "feel good dictatorship" of the thirties and mercilessly shows how the Germans plundered Europe in his book "Hitler's Volksstaat."