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Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985)

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 ... See full summary »

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Karl Hoffmann
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Helmut Hoffmann
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Mitzi Templer (nightclub singer)
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Becker (SS assistant to Dietrich)
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Uncle Walter (bartender)
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Albrecht Hoffman
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Prof. Ludwig Rosenberg
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Theodor Eicke
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Gen. Josef Biegler, SA
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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 <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.

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17 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Hitler SS: El retrato del mal  »

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When 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-SS as military 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 »

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On the train to murder the SA leadership, a scene shows several enlisted SS members wearing officer uniforms with enlisted insignia. See more »

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Reinhard Heydrich: Tell me, Hoffmann, have you been doing anything reprehensible lately?
Helmutt Hoffmann: Not that I'm aware of.
Reinhard Heydrich: Well, if you had, you certainly would be aware of it, wouldn't you?
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Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives
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Normally Abnormal
27 January 2006 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

Welcome to a world of lunacy where the horror is the transparent normalcy of those who buy into the nightmare. Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil tracks the lives of two brothers Karl Hoffmann and Helmut Hoffmann who take opposing views on the new idea of National Socialism sweeping the country; one is violently opposed; the other believes Germany can harness the energy but that the extremes and excesses can be controlled by people of character from within.

The main story line in Hitler's SS is nicely complemented by an excellent performance by Tony Randall as the stand-up comedian a left-over from freer Weimar days. He may be too lost in the bottle to tell the difference but he does his bit for The Fatherland in the equivalent of USO tours on the frigid Eastern Front.Yet his sense of humour and timing are always impeccable as he reminds the other Deutchers drowning their sorrows in the bottle during an Allied bombing raid of Hermann Goerings' pledge in 1940 that the Luftwaffe would intercept Any Allied Bombers, "Meyer, Meyer my name is Meyer." A pity the Gestapo did not share the sense of humor.


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