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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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Cast overview:
Anna Miller
Professor Nichols
Colonel Henkel
The Bishop
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Franz Erhart
Erford Gage ...
Dr. Graf
Gavin Muir ...
Nazi Major


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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SHOCK To hear a woman cry "Let me be the mother of a soldier for Hitler! SHOCK To know how they make sure that women will bear the "right kind" of children...or none at all! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

6 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de Hitler  »

Box Office


$205,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie's lead actress Bonita Granville said that this movie was her favorite film because it was one of the rare times that she got top billing and got to play an adult character. See more »


Karl Bruner is wearing the four pips and strip on his uniform collar of an SS Obersturmbanfuhrer, or Lieutenant Colonel, when Colonel Henkel said he would be promoted to Captain (or Hauptsturmfuhrer) and should be wearing a collar tab with three pips (diagonally) and two stripes. Colonel Henkel's insignia is also incorrect. He is wearing the three oak leaves of a Brigadefuhrer (Brigadier General) when he should have only one leaf of a Standartanfuhrer (Colonel). See more »


Lieutenant Karl Bruner: [to Anna] Blood runs to blood, and German blood runs deep.
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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 »


Version of Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943) See more »


My Country 'Tis of Thee
Music by Muzio Clementi (Symphony #3)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
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Still powerful
11 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Nazi officer (Tim Holt) falls in love with a freedom-fighting American girl (Bonita Granville) in WWII Germany. Very dated (of course) but still worth seeing. The film pulls no punches is showing how horrible life in Germany was during the war. I especially like them showing German citizens as being against Hitler and unhappy also. It is naive (concentration camps are mentioned once and very casually) but, at the time this was made, that's all we knew about Germany. A big hit in its day--it's easy to see why.

Holt and Granville are good in the leads--especially Holt who has a powerful speech at the end. Also the film moves quickly and is never dull. A very good look at Germany during WWII. Well worth catching.

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