HITLER'S CHILDREN

Directed by Chanoch Ze'evi
  • Israel and Germany / 
  • 2011 / 
  • German, English & Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 80 min
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"Superb! [An] extraordinary film!"
– Andrew Billen, The Times (UK)
"A quite exceptional hour of film-making that kept delivering emotional impact to the very end."
– John Grace, The Guardian (UK)
"Devastating in how powerfully it reached into the living heart of our dark past."
– Bernadette McNulty, The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Synopsis

Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Hans Frank, to name a few? What is it like for the descendants of these top Nazi officials to deal with the legacy left behind by their notorious families? HITLER'S CHILDREN introduces us to the children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews of these infamous men. Among them Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, who despises his father's past so much that he has spent his entire adult life researching and writing negatively about him, often touring around Germany to lecture against his father and the Nazi regime. And Bettina Göring, the great-niece of Hitler's second in command, Hermann Göring, who lives in voluntary exile in Santa Fe, NM and together with her brother decided to get sterilized so as to not pass on the Göring name or blood. These, and many others, discuss how they have coped with the fact that their last name alone immediately raises images of murder and genocide; and how they have reached a balance between the natural admiration and affection children feel towards their parents, and their innate revulsion of their crimes. Some have been more successful than others at achieving that balance, but each bares, for the first time, the scars that their legacy has left them.

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Customer Reviews


Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
I have never thought about the lives of the descendants of Hitler's regime elites. This is a very powerful documentary. Kept me engaged throughout the film.


lola a. - Customer Review
Although I was thoroughly immersed in this film and at times was moved to tears, at the end - which was anti-climactic in my opinion - I became annoyed and began to wonder why are we still dragging around this extremely sad and tragic saga in our history? Don't we all know by now who these monsters were? And don't we hope and realize that the offspring had nothing to do with what happened THEN? Having watched more than my share of the Holocaust, I tried to put myself in the shoes of the perpetrators children, grandchildren, etc and to imagine the life they lead and the demons they may fight everyday. It seemed that the Jewish man who accompanied grandson Hoess to the camp was not comforted by his journey from his comments at the end. Yes - we all should not forget or tolerate ANY atrocities visited upon any human being. But what choice do we have but to move on and look for a better way. Everyone chooses his or her way of life and battle to fight. I felt the film at least gave us some insight into how the other half is dealing with their legacy.

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