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Nazi Collaborators is a provocative and intense documentary series aired by the Military Channel in 2010 designed to present to its viewers a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking account of the Second World War era from an extraordinary and frequently overlooked perspective: that of the individuals and groups who, for various reasons, chose to assist, collaborate with, or fight alongside the Nazi regime. Each episode delves into the shocking and often complex stories of these collaborators, revealing their reasons, motivations, and actions during one of the most horrific periods in history. These profiles comprise a diverse range of characters from across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, including political figures, civilian volunteers, anti-communist freedom fighters, SS corps, and even national armies. Paced over 13 intriguing episodes, the series uncovers the layers beneath the treacheries that occurred within the Nazi camps and shines light on individuals who are often left out of popular war narratives. Upon crossing the boundaries of the traditional notion of collaborators as turncoats or traitors, the show presents a deeply nuanced depiction of collaborators, placing each within their unique situations, examining the pressures and threats they faced, assessing their individual convictions, ideological beliefs and patriotic inclinations which pushed them on to the path of collaboration. The documentary series incorporates historical analysis with dramatic reenactments, interviews with historians, eyewitness accounts, and archival footage, building a strong narrative that intricately recounts the lives of these collaborators. It effectively highlights the complexity of human nature and the extremes of behavior people are driven to under extraordinary circumstances while providing an understanding of the vastly complicated web of interests and decisions in wartime. Segments include riveting tales of people like Vidkum Quisling, a Norwegian politician whose name became synonymous with traitor; collaborators from other Norse nations, like Finland; controversial figures from Hungary and Romania providing perspectives seldom visited in other historical productions. Stories also come from nations as varied as France, Belgium, Palestine, and further afield. The show doesn’t shy away from tackling the moral complexities involved, as these individuals balance the line between treachery and survival, loyalty and opportunism, patriotism and treason. It confronts the grim reality that not all of the Nazi’s accomplices were Germans or even adults at the time, as it portrays stories of young collaborators and those manipulated into alliance with the regime, adding further depth to our understanding of the era. Nazi Collaborators demonstrates how some collaborators willingly supported the Nazi's genocidal policies. However, it also explores how others were simply torn, caught in a brutal conflict of interest where their choice was limited between collaboration or brutal consequences for themselves, families, or their nations. The series acts to reset audience understanding, emphasizing the fact that the roles in the world’s biggest war were not strictly limited to the labels ‘victims,’ ‘perpetrators,’ and ‘rescuers’. This documentary does not serve to apportion blame or absolve collaborators of their wartime actions. Instead, it is an attempt to better comprehend the human propensity for collusion under extreme duress or ideological fervor. By exploring the intricate, often troubling tales of these cohorts, the series indeed offers an intense exploration of the shades of gray in what is often viewed as a black-and-white chapter in World War II. Military Channel’s Nazi Collaborators is a must-watch for World War II history enthusiasts, as well as general viewers, as it brings forward the complexities of warfare and politics, the difficulties of choice in dire circumstances, and an insight into a lesser-explored side of the Second World War. It is a challenging reminder that history is not always clear-cut and straightforward, but rather fraught with moral quandaries and tough decisions that, hopefully, most people will never have to face. This ground-breaking series has added a crucial layer to understanding the horrors of war and the human capacity for both resistance and compliance in the face of oppression.

Nazi Collaborators is a series categorized as a currently airing. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 13 episodes, the show debuted on 2011. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.1.

Military Channel
Alisdair Simpson, Greg Stebner, Gad Shimron
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