London-based October Films has been tapped by the UK’s Channel 4 and U.S. pubcaster PBS to produce a one-off focusing on secret recordings of Nazi conversations conducted during WWII.
What the Nazis Really Thought (w/t) is built around the research of German and Austrian historians and scientists, who have cross referenced and analyzed the recently declassified conversations of German soldiers incarcerated in British POW camps.
Over 100,000 hours of secret recordings were made, and they give an insight to how much of the Nazi ideology was embraced by all ranks of the German army.
“These stolen conversations are some of the most chilling and personal accounts of WWII, indeed any war, I have ever read,” said Adam Bullmore, creative director of October Films. “The scale of the bugging operation was extensive and painstakingly conducted and what they overheard was totally raw and uncensored. The conversations are like a time portal back into the minds of the prisoners; both shocking and terrifyingly human. The result is a genuinely new perspective on the war and the German soldier.”
“It’s extraordinary that there is still a big, new and important film to make about WWII and the Nazis – but this is it,” said Channel 4′s commissioning editor for history, Julia Harrington, who commissioned the one-off.
The program will be written by Simon Berthon and directed by Christopher Spencer, with Adam Bullmore serving as executive producer.