The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins Written by
Anthony Hughes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.
17 February 1985 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
Late in the film, Reinhard Heydrich leaves Berlin to take up a new posting as Nazi Governor of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia). A scene follows where Helmut Hoffmann is told "You'd better hope Himmler has a job for you, or you'll find yourself fighting Russians." This is in reference to the practice of the SS where General-SS members, without active assignments, would transfer to the Waffen (Armed) SS as a reservists. Interestingly, in the subsequent scene set a year later after Heydrich's assassination, Helmut is shown wearing a Waffen-SS tunic complete with combat and service awards from the Eastern Front, thus implying that he *did* find himself fighting Russians. See more
Helmut is shown with the SS "Runes" tattooed on his right arm, and tells people every SS man got this. Actually, SS men were not tattooed with the "Runes", but were tattooed with their blood type on their left arm. See more
[Upon meeting Reinhard Heydrich
Who's that bizarre character?
Wenn die Soldaten,
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