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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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Anna Miller
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Professor Nichols
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Colonel Henkel
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The Bishop
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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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Amazing drama based on GREGOR ZIEMER'S book "EDUCATION FOR DEATH" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Dmytryk would later direct another Second World War propaganda picture for the same RKO studio, that film being Behind the Rising Sun (1943). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Professor Nichols: Franz, how can you stand it - you of all people. How can you be so complacent?
Franz Erhart: 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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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

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

Soundtracks

Fur Elise
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1810)
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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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