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Hitler's Children2011

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  • 4.3
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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This is a great piece of film-making. It addresses a subject I had never considered, the effects of the holocaust on the children of those who created it. I agree with the words of the Auschwitz survivor who shook the hand of the Commandant's grandson and told him to not feel guilty because he didn't do it. On a smaller scale we still see the consequences to one's family that flow from unimaginably evil acts. The parent's of the young men guilty of the mass shootings in Colorado, the school in Connecticut and the shopping mall in Tucson deserve our sympathy as much as these children of the Nazis do.

The mark of a good film is that it keeps you thinking about the story. The mark of a great film is that it makes you think about other things and causes you to re-examine your views in light of what the film taught you. I believe this is a great film.

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This is a great piece of film-making. It addresses a subject I had never considered, the effects of the holocaust on the children of those who created it. I agree with the words of the Auschwitz survivor who shook the hand of the Commandant's grandson and told him to not feel guilty because he didn't do it. On a smaller scale we still see the consequences to one's family that flow from unimaginably evil acts. The parent's of the young men guilty of the mass shootings in Colorado, the school in Connecticut and the shopping mall in Tucson deserve our sympathy as much as these children of the Nazis do.

The mark of a good film is that it keeps you thinking about the story. The mark of a great film is that it makes you think about other things and causes you to re-examine your views in light of what the film taught you. I believe this is a great film.

2 members like this review

Absolutely riveting. Unique.

1 member likes this review

This film revealed the struggle of so many descendants of Nazi war criminals to live normal lives despite the atrocities committed by their grandfathers or great uncles. The director used great care in his presentation of these descendants efforts to somehow atone for things done for which they bear no personal responsibility. So, too, these peoples desire to identify with the best of German tradition and culture was depicted.

The scene where the grandson of one of the Nazi criminals meets with young Jews and even a death camp survivor was very moving. It was evident to the young Jewish pilgrims with what onus these descendants have to live. Their own pain of having lost loved ones in the war seemed to enable them to appreciate that these descendants were, indeed, victims too.

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Very different style and outlook from the guilty side's children and grand children of most highest ranking Nazis.