James is retracing the story of Heinrich Himmler to find out how the middle class son of a schoolteacher became one of the main architects of Nazi evil. While looking for answers in Munich—the original seat of Nazi power in Germany—a disturbing protest shows just how easily young people of any generation can be seduced by fascism.
Designed by Himmler himself, James hears a painful first-hand account of the Aryan breeding program known as Lebensborn. Meanwhile, Wewelsburg Castle was the spiritual home of the SS, and though the site is a memorial today, it’s clearly still a draw for extremists. At Dachau, James explores Himmler’s role in the creation and operation of the Nazi death camps. Paying tribute to the persecuted, James visits the ever-expanding Stolpersteine—the world’s largest memorial.