Everyone’s favorite travel companion, Rick Steves, takes a detour from exploring the beauty of his favorite continent to focus a critical eye on the darker side of European history.
Rick Steves’ Fascism in Europe is a thoughtful and powerful new one-hour special airing at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 on the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).
In this new special, Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe ― taking millions of people with it. Steves traces fascism’s history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger and the totalitarian societies they built.
Steves chronicles the brutal measures the leaders used to enforce their ideologies and discusses the horrific consequences of genocide and total war. And, despite all of this, inspiration can be found by those who resisted. Along the way, Steves visits poignant sights throughout Europe relating to fascism and talks with Europeans whose families lived through those times. Fascism in Europe aims to educate viewers about the hard lessons of 20th-century Europe in the hopes of that ideology in the 21st century.
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