Hitler's Hunting Experiment

Hitler's Hunting Experiment


I won’t lie to you, I was snagged into watching this by the lurid title. It won’t surprise you to learn that it’s one of those bombastic documentaries full of DUN DUN DUN!-type music, and where the narrator actually says these words: “Only now can the full story be told.”

Among dramatic re-creations where actors with false moustaches look through magnifying glasses is a strange story about the Third Reich’s plans to breed mighty prehistoric beasts. Herman Goering, a passionate hunter, had dreams of a glorious forest in conquered eastern Europe where Aryan men could hunt enormously powerful animals, notably the auroch, a brutal forerunner of domestic cattle.


Documentary about how the Nazis employed the best scientists in Germany to launch an ambitious programme to re-create extinct game animals through genetic manipulation for vast hunting parks across Europe. The programme reveals how the Nazis tried to take control of nature and change the course of evolution for their own purposes.