Video: Grave Diggers of 1933-45

INSIDE THE THIRD REICH, ABC, May 9, 8p.m.; May 10, 9p.m. E.D.T.

In history as in popular art, the general taste runs to horror shows rather than tragedy. How else explain the enduring fascination with Hitler's Germany and the continuing lack of interest in Stalin's Soviet Union? In the atrocity sweepstakes, Hitler runs a distant second to Stalin, who sanctioned the deaths of 20 million to 50 million of his countrymen. Nor can Nazism, a brutally simple triumph of the goons, touch the tragic complexities of Stalinism—a political torch fanned by the world's idealists...

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