Achtung! History.

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Fellow Traveller

Wernher von Braun now has his own rocket research centre on the island of Usedom on a site named Peenemünde. However, in the higher echelons of governance within the Third Reich he still struggles for support for his rocket program and for a means of production to satisfy a wishful order for 100,000 examples.

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Rocket Cars

His achievements have been watched by millions, he was the rocket scientist that put man into space but what were the origins of Wernher von Braun, the unscrupulous scientist who would do anything in the pursuit of his dream of man’s advancement to the stars.

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Liberation and Death

In this episode Simon delves into Berlin under Napoleon and the campaign that led to the liberation of the capital of Prussia and just how did the tides of war turn against Napoleon after his failed Russian campaign of 1812?

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Painting Berlin | Eduard Gärtner

He captures a city like no other painter could. Considered a rival of brilliance within the field of Venduta to Bellotto, Eduard Gärtner captured a city after its liberation from Napoleon and as it stood on the precipice of industrialisation, whilst offering us a window into a world of artists, celebrities and society of a time long gone but not forgotten.

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The Einstein Scandal

Since 1905 Albert Einstein had made Berlin his home. In 1929 the eminent physicist was to celebrate his 50th birthday, and the city and its Mayor, Mayor Böß thought what better way to honour the man then cementing his foundations in Berlin with a new home. A simple plan that would, for Böß lead to his downfall.

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Hitler’s Last Day Out

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3rd of March 1945 and for the last time Hitler will leave the relative safety of the Reich Kanzlei and venture to inspect the eastern front that was now 100 kilometres from Berlin. His destination Schloß Harnekop. Discover the history of the palace, it’s occupants and the last day out of Hitler.

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Series 2: The Watcher

Series Two: Episode List

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The Watcher: Episode 0

The Teaser

Welcome to Achtung! History series two ‘The Watcher.”

The disappearance of a young girl from a close community of 1920s Berlin sends the city into shock and fingers begin to point. Pieced together from police files, newspapers and reports, join Simon J. James in the new Achtung! History series as he delves into the case that sent Berlin into a frenzy.

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The Watcher: Episode 1

Celebrations

Explore Berlin in 1929 in the historical true crime case that shocked a city.

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The Watcher: Episode 2

The Search

The streets of Berlin’s Neu Westend district are busy with the inhabitants searching desperately for Hildegard Zäpernick who had recently disappeared. Follow in their footsteps as they hunt the gardens of Sachsenplatz and the ominous structure of the Gillesbau as Simon J. James takes you on a journey through Berlin in the 1920s.

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The Watcher: Episode 3

Suspicion

A city reacts to the disappearance of the 11 year old Hildegard Zäpernick. Eyes follow characters suspicious and begin to point fingers as rumours begin to spread and the police continue to come up empty in their search for the missing girl. Join Simon J. James in a historical journey through Berlin 1929.

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The Watcher: Episode 4

Unearthed

Still the police continue their investigation yet still despite interviewing hundreds of people and taking statements from concerned members of the public. The press become more demanding in their search for answers, and Dr. Kopp of the Kriminal Polizei is forced to hold a press conference, but it is the workers who make a shocking discovery.

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The Watcher: Episode 5

The Sands Of Berlin

After a discovery in the basement of the Gillesbau construction site in Berlin’s Westend the police are called to examine the site further. Uncovering a body brings about the attention of Berlin’s world famous Ernst Gennat, the Buddha of Berlin, who presides personally over the discovery.

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The Watcher: Episode 6

Statements

With the gruesome discovery of a body in the sands of Berlin statements are gathered from all those around in order to build a picture of what just happened to Hildegard Zäpernick, an 11 year old girl murdered in Berlin’s Westend.

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The Watcher: Episode 7

The Final Alibis

The evidence is thin at best as to who could have committed the heinous deed against young Hilde. The case might just rest on the alibis of those around it and those who have no alibi.

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The Watcher: Episode 8

Doubt

He’s been arrested, but will The Watcher Schulz be charged with the murder of Hildegard Zäpernick, the case now is in the hands of District Councillor Löwenthal as to where to progress and the decisions that need to be made.

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Bonus

In this bonus listen to Simon J. James’ process in investigating the crime against Hildegard Zäpernick 90 years after the crime and the revelations that are revealed a few months after the case is placed in storage.

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Series 1: He Who Holds the Devil

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Episode 8: Why Does The Portrait Still Hang?

In the final episode of He Who Holds The Devil, join Simon J. James into some theories as to why the allies never brought Hans Globke to trial for his crimes against humanity.

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Series One - He Who Holds The Devil

The story of Hans Globke, the hidden face that enabled the holocaust.

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Welcome

Welcome to Achtung! History series one He Who Holds The Devil.

Join Simon J. James in a weekly podcast series that explores the how a man responsible for some of the worst crimes in history during the period of Hitler and his Nazi party not only managed to evade justice but rose to become one of the most, if not the most, powerful men in post war Europe.

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Episode 1: Making Hitler

It’s 1933 and times are turbulent in Germany. The Weimar Republic, the democratic nation hammered together from the scraps of the German Empire after World War One, is on its knees. Political revolt in Prussia has seen the stability of the Social Democratic government replaced with a dictatorship under Franz von Pappen, and the elections of the Reichstag, the German Parliament, have led President Paul von Hindenburg to appoint the Austrian corporal Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. Now Hitler, with a burning desire, wishes to see the other institutions of the states of the Weimar Republic centralised within his and his party’s, the NSDAPs, hands. To do so he calls upon the sympathetic lawyers to draw up the drafts and bills that will make Hitler into the dictator of Germany.

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Episode 2: Changing Names

In Episode 1 we uncovered Hans Globke, a man who helped destroy the democratic institutions of the Free State of Prussia, in doing so consolidating power within the hands of the new Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler. Now Hitler is in power he can begin implementing his plans for the Jews of Germany. The first task, to identify who is Jewish and to begin to separate them from their German heritage. Discover more in Episode 2; Changing Names.

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Episode 3: Laws of Death

Richardo Clement steps off from a boat in Buenos Aires, a balding gentleman of the South Tyrol travelling on a red cross passport issued by Bishop Alois Hudal. 11 years later, after a daring kidnap he would be unmasked in Israel as Adolf Eichmann the architect of the holocaust, his crimes made possible by the subject of our podcast He Who Holds The Devil, Hans Globke.

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Episode 4: Globke's Holocaust

France is falling. A Luftwaffe attack on a convoy carrying prisoners allows many of the prisoners to escape, including one young man who ventures to the south of France. Once France has fallen, two high ranking officers of the German Army are dispatched to hunt for him. But what does he have to do with one of the worst nights of anti-Semitic violence in history, known as Kristallnacht?

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Episode 5: The Rule of Law

The British, with the Munich agreement, have gifted the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Hitler’s Third Reich, crowds of Germans watch as the Führer triumphantly rolls into the new lands, but for those who are not considered ethnic Germans what is to happen to them? Hans Globke has a plan.

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Episode 6: The Grey Eminence

The war is over, Germany is defeated. Many of the leading Nazi figures, names and faces that are well known are in camps awaiting trial, but what about Hans Globke the subject of He Who Holds The Devil?

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Episode 7: The Cover Up

Why wasn’t an attempted assassination on the Chancellor of Germany investigated, what skeletons did the Konrad Adenauer Regime have hiding in their closets and what would happen if you tried to expose them?

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Episode 8: Why does the portrait still hang?

In the final episode of He Who Holds The Devil, join Simon J. James into some theories as to why the allies never brought Hans Globke to trial for his crimes against humanity.

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