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
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In the 1930s Lieutenant Karl Bruner would have never called Großdeutsches Reich Nazi-Germany. See more »
Franz, how can you stand it - you of all people. How can you be so complacent?
My friend, you can get off a train before it starts or after it stops, but while it is in motion, I wouldn't advise it.
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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 »
A propaganda movie,"Hitler's children " shows how the youth was brought up, and forced to consider Hitler a God;hints at Napoleon are not gratuitous:in their Sunday school lessons,children were told that if they did not obey their emperor ,they would face eternal damnation!But as the character adds:"Napoleon's speeches passed,Hitler's will and art and music will endure .
If Dmytryk is not completely convincing,it stems from the part of Karl.His motives are obscure and ceaselessly changing ;his evolution,considering his ambition and his faith in the Fürher ,does not make any sense;Anna ,on the other hand ,is true to herself from start to finish;the scene of the lashes,in front of the camp and the officers , may have inspired Verhoeven for his "starship troopers"which ,despite its limitations, is a condemnation of fascism too.
The best scene is perhaps the moment when Anna and Karl discover a young boy in the wood,gagged and bound;"it's part of the training" he says.
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