Distinguished historian and lecturer Dr. Edward Gordon presents “Explaining Hitler and the Third Reich.” Since the end of World War Two, historians have sought to explain how Adolf Hitler was able to seize the reins of power in Germany. How did he inspire such persistent loyalty and devotion? Why did a nation of cultured and well-educated people embrace the monstrous Nazi regime which implemented the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust and the brutal occupation of Europe? In this program, historian Ed Gordon will dig deep into the forces of evil that help create and sustain one of history’s most monstrous criminal regimes during the course of 12 years until Hitler took his own life in his Berlin bunker as the Allies closed in on the German capitol. Adolf Hitler, with the help of Joseph Goebbels, masterfully used all elements of modern mass propaganda to seize and retain control over the psyche of the German people. Hitler was portrayed as the “New Messiah” and the slogan “Hitler is always right” was the mantra of the German propaganda machine. Program is included with regular museum admission.