WWII BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: STALIN, THE NAZIS AND THE WEST
Cracks in the Alliance (Autumn 1941 to December 1943)
Aired Wednesday, May 13 at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV
In confidential meetings held throughout the duration of World War II, Joseph Stalin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill sparred and negotiated for the political and economic interests of their nations -- making deals that sometimes had less to do with right or wrong than the expediency of their individual wartime goals. Rare wartime documents made briefly available only after the fall of the Soviet Union help reveal the real story.
Historian and filmmaker Laurence Rees (AUSCHWITZ: INSIDE THE NAZI STATE) tells the unknown story of Stalin's backroom dealings -- first with the Nazis and then with Roosevelt and Churchill. Juxtaposing conventional documentary elements with dramatic re-creations, the series breaks through the myths of the Allied powers, illuminating the hidden motivations of "The Big Three" and creating a dynamic reappraisal of one of the seminal events in world history.
In this second episode in the series, "Cracks in the Alliance (Autumn 1941 to December 1943)," Salin finally comes face-to-face in Moscow with Churchill. Despite the upbeat newsreels of the time, it is hardly a meeting of minds. As one of Churchill's generals later remarked, "We were going into the lion,s den and we weren't going to feed him." Learn more...