Program Details

"Triumph of the Will"

Edward Shapiro, Ph.D.
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Both Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, and Adolf Hitler were film buffs and prized movies as a means to assist them in carrying out the nefarious goals of Nazi Germany. Historians of Nazi Germany have emphasized the role that films played in the history of Nazi Germany, and certainly the most important of these was "Triumph of the Will." This 1935 film chronicles the 1934 annual Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, Germany. It is a masterpiece of documentary film-making and an important source for understanding the warped world of Germany during the 1930s and the roots of World War II. Preceded by an introduction discussing its history and significance, it will be seen in its entirety. 

About the Instructor

  • Edward Shapiro, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in history from Harvard University and taught American history at Seton Hall University for three decades.  His books include “A Time for Healing: American Jews Since World War II" (1992); “We Are Many: Reflections on American Jewish History and Identity" (2005), “Crown Heights: Blacks, Jews, and the Brooklyn Riot of 1991" (2006), and "A Unique People in a Unique Land: Essays in American Jewish History" (2022). Shapiro has received awards and grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Oxford Center for Jewish Studies, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel.