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Our Flags Lead Us Forward (1933)

Hitlerjunge Quex (original title)
A Nazi propaganda film based upon the life and death of Hitler Youth Heini Volker, killed while distributing flyers in a Communist neighborhood.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Ohlsen ...
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Vater Völker
Berta Drews ...
Mutter Völker
Claus Clausen ...
Bannführer Kaß (Brigade Leader Kass)
Rotraut Richter ...
Gerda
Hermann Speelmans ...
Stoppel
Hans Richter ...
Franz
Ernst Behmer ...
Kowalski
Hansjoachim Büttner ...
Arzt (doctor)
Franziska Kinz ...
Krankenschwester (nurse)
Rudolf Platte ...
Moritatensänger (carnival singer)
Reinhold Bernt ...
Ausrufer (barker)
Hans Deppe ...
Althändler (furniture dealer)
Anna Müller-Lincke ...
Eine Nachbarin Völkers (Völkers' neighbour)
Karl Meixner ...
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A Nazi propaganda film based upon the life and death of Hitler Youth Heini Volker, killed while distributing flyers in a Communist neighborhood. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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19 September 1933 (Germany)  »

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Hitler Youth Quex  »

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Trivia

Herbert Norkus was nicknamed "Quex" as "...he carried out his orders faster than quicksilver..." (Quecksilber). See more »

Quotes

Heini Völker: Hi, mother.
Mutter Völker: Hi, Heini.
Mutter Völker: Did you spend the night someplace? What did you do?
Heini Völker: It was wonderful mother.
Mutter Völker: Did you stay with Stoeppel and his boys?
Heini Völker: Stoeppel?
Mutter Völker: What then?
Heini Völker: No, I was with the others.
Mutter Völker: What others?
Heini Völker: Those with the crooked cross.
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Crazy Credits

Heini Völker, Ulla, her brother Fritz and all other young characters, especially the Hitler Youth characters are credited as Hitler Youth boy, Hitler Youth girl or The Girls and Boys of the Berlin Hitler Youth. See more »

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Featured in Forbidden Films (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Internationale
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Written by Eugène Pottier & Pierre Degeyter
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28 May 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I haven't had the opportunity to see this notorious film with English subtitles, and my German is less than fluent. Nevertheless, it's not difficult to see its effectiveness, hence danger, as propaganda.

I was expecting a lot of overt, outrageous political content. I'm told there is some in the dialogue, but I didn't catch it. Rather its strategy seems to be to avoid hectoring directly, and instead to project an idealized vision of a Germany guided by a paternal National Socialist party. Hence the message is conveyed through idyllic campground scenes, for example. This is the goal that young Quex is willing to defend.

One film "Quex" reminded me of somewhat was "Boys Town" (1938) with Mickey Rooney, but, if I really had to draw a comparison, surprisingly enough it would be to Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). There is a scene of our enterprising Hitler Youths organizing themselves -- a little like Mickey and Judy putting on a show -- to turn out a propaganda newspaper in support of their political dreams and aspirations. Do you recall the scene in "Mr. Smith" where Jimmy Stewart's struggle -- Sein Kampf -- against a corrupt and antiquated political system is vindicated through a grassroots campaign organized by a bunch of boys with wagons and a cheap printing press? We know from the later "Why We Fight" series that Frank Capra was intimately familiar with his Nazi cinema. You are free to draw whatever conclusions you'd like.


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