Five Bizarre (And Relatively Unknown) Facts About The Nazis

James Cameron’s version was much better

Jacob Wilkins
Lessons from History


A photograph of Heinrich Himmler from the German Federal Archives, 1938 (Wikimedia Commons)

When we think about the defining aspects of Nazi Germany, certain things come to mind, with anti-Semitism, propaganda, book burnings, and military rallies being obvious examples.

But if you dig into the literature of this dark historical period, you’ll discover many unexpected details that most people are completely unaware of.

From disaster movies to theatrical performances, here are five bizarre (and relatively unknown) facts about the Nazis.

1. The Nazis Made a Propaganda Film About the Titanic

An illustration of the Sinking of the Titanic by Willy Stöwer, 1912 (Wikimedia Commons)

James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Roy Ward Baker’s A Night to Remember (1958) are well-known disaster movies based on the sinking of RMS Titanic in April 1912. But most people have no idea the Nazis also made a film about this infamous disaster.

Like Cameron’s more recent version, the Nazis simply called the film Titanic (1943). But rather than aiming for historical accuracy, they infused the film with Nazi ideology.