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Our Flags Lead Us Forward (1933)
"Hitlerjunge Quex: Ein Film vom Opfergeist der deutschen Jugend" (original title)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Ohlsen ...
Heini Völker
Heinrich George ...
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 ...
Wilde
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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

A German Navy school ship called the "Herbert Norkus" was named in his honour but the outbreak of the second world war made this impossible to finish. There, too, have been schools, streets, and squares were also named after him during the Nazi period. See more »

Quotes

Stoppel: What's your name then?
Heini Völker: Heini.
Stoppel: Are you a member?
Heini Völker: What's a member?
Stoppel: So you're not a member, then, correct?
Heini Völker: No, I'm not a member.
Stoppel: Well its high time you become a member then. We have a Communist Youth Internationale. You're not a Nazi, are you?
Vater Völker: What are you talking about, Stoeppel? The boy doesn't know a thing about that stuff. My boy a Nazi, now that is totally ridiculous. I'd kill my boy if I ever thought he was a Nazi... Whatever.
Stoppel: It was nice talking to you, Heini.
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Referenced in Life Goes On (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Internationale
(uncredited)
Written by Eugène Pottier & Pierre Degeyter
sang severel times by the communists
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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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