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Hitler's Children (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 January 1943 (USA)
This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

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(screenplay), (book)
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Anna Miller
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Professor Nichols
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Colonel Henkel
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The Bishop
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Franz Erhart
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Dr. Schmidt
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Dr. Graf
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Nazi Major
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Brenda
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Storyline

This propaganda piece starts in 1933. Prof. Nichols' American school in Berlin is next door to a school for the Hitler Youth. Karl, from the latter, is attracted to German-American Anna, but events lead to their separation. Six years later, near the outbreak of war in Europe, Anna is removed from Nichols' school on presumption of German citizenship. Nichols becomes obsessed with finding her, as Anna undergoes a rather lurid odyssey through the Nazi nightmare. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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ALL BABIES BELONG TO THE STATE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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6 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de Hitler  »

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$205,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was started by Irving Reis, who quit after clashing with the producer. He was replaced by Edward Dmytryk. See more »

Goofs

In the 1930s Lieutenant Karl Bruner would have never called Großdeutsches Reich Nazi-Germany. See more »

Quotes

The Bishop: [to the Nazi Major] No wonder you take away the breath of life so readily. The breath of death is already upon you.
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, the camera zooms in on a German book burning, and the book on top of the pile is "Education for Death" by Gregor Ziemer. That was another book by the same author of the novel on which this film is based. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hitler: Dead or Alive (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Music by Muzio Clementi (Symphony #3)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
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It Is What It Is.
17 October 2002 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

War time propaganda films must be viewed in the context of the times in which they were made. It is sometimes difficult to appreciate a film because of the framework of propaganda. This film, made at the beginning of the war with Germany, attempts to depict what was happening in that country and the threat it posed to the world. It may be somewhat simplified but it gets the point across.

Bonita Granville, an appealing actress who began her career as a child star, does a fine job as the German/American young woman who is caught up in the maelstrom of Nazism. Tim Holt, as the German officer, seems miscast somehow.....I still see him searching for the Treasure of Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart but maybe that's just my problem. Kent Smith, a yeoman actor, whose face was everywhere during the 40's, is his usual bland self. The coup of casting is Otto Kruger as Tim Holt's mentor.....he was an underrated actor, who always gave good performances.....see him in "Murder My Sweet" as the sleazy Anthor to really appreciate his talents. Hans Conreid, usually thought of as a comic actor, plays against type here and it works well enough. Since hindsight is 20/20, we notice that some of the major atrocities of the Nazi regime, such as concentration camps (mentioned briefly) and the "Jewish question" are not addressed. View this film for what it is....propaganda....an attempt to show the audience that other world, where terrible things were happening and why America was fighting to preserve freedom. It's a piece of history that is worth watching.


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