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Downfall (2004) Poster

(2004)

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Adolf Hitler: That was an order! Steiner's assault was an order! Who do you think you are to dare disobey an order I give? So this is what it has come to! The military has been lying to me. Everybody has been lying to me, even the SS! Our generals are just a bunch of contemptible, disloyal cowards.

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: I can't permit you to insult the soldiers.

Adolf Hitler: They are cowards, traitors and failures!

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: My fuhrer, this is outrageous!

Adolf Hitler: Our generals are the scum of the German people! Not a shred of honour! They call themselves generals. Years at military academy just to learn how to hold a knife and fork! For years, the military has hindered my plans! They've put every kind of obstacle in my way! What I should have done... was liquidate all the high-ranking officers, as Stalin did!

Albert Speer: You must be on stage when the curtain falls

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: Your report impressed the Führer. He has appointed you commander of Berlin's defenses.

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: I'd rather be shot than have this honor.

Adolf Hitler: The war is lost... But if you think that I'll leave Berlin for that, you are sadly mistaken. I'd prefer to put a bullet in my head.

[last lines]

Traudl Junge: All these horrors I've heard of during the Nurnberg process, these six million Jews, other thinking people or people of another race, who perished. That shocked me deeply. But I hadn't made the connection with my past. I assured myself with the thought of not being personally guilty. And that I didn't know anything about the enormous scale of it. But one day I walked by a memorial plate of Sophie Scholl in the Franz-Joseph-Strasse. I saw that she was about my age and she was executed in the same year I came to Hitler. And at that moment I actually realised that a young age isn't an excuse. And that it might have been possible to get to know things.

Adolf Hitler: In a war as such there are no civilians.

Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler: When I meet Eisenhower, should I give the Nazi salute, or shake his hand?

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Adjutant SS-Hauptsturmführer Otto Günsche: He is not in the bunker.

Adolf Hitler: What do you mean you can't find Fegelein? Keep searching for him! I want to see Fegelein at once! If he goes AWOL, that's desertion. Treason! Bring me Fegelein!

[slams desk]

Adolf Hitler: Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!

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[first lines]

Traudl Junge: I've got the feeling that I should be angry with this child, this young and oblivious girl. Or that I'm not allowed to forgive her for not seeing the nature of that monster. That she didn't realise what she was doing. And mostly because I've gone so obliviously. Because I wasn't a fanatic Nazi. I could have said in Berlin, "No, I'm not doing that. I don't want to go the Führer's headquarters." But I didn't do that. I was too curious. I didn't realise that fate would lead me somewhere I didn't want to be. But still, I find it hard to forgive myself.

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Adolf Hitler: [Screaming after Steiner didn't attack after giving an order] Traitors! I've been betrayed and deceived from the very beginning! What a monstrous betrayal of the German people, but all those traitors will pay. They'll pay with their own blood. They shall drown in their own blood!

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Adolf Hitler: I always make mistakes when I'm dictating.

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Magda Goebbels: Sleep tight, children.

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Magda Goebbels: My Führer, I beg you to leave Berlin! My Führer, please. Don't leave us! What will become of us?

Adolf Hitler: Tomorrow millions of people will curse me, but fate has taken its course.

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Oberleutnant: [after the telephone line is cut] Orders, sir?

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: I am to be shot.

Oberleutnant: What? Why?

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: They believe I moved my command post to the West, away from the enemy!

Oberleutnant: Not a bad idea, General.

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Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: Even at the risk of repeating myself, the Ninth army must be withdrawn, otherwise it is surrounded and wiped out! We must now...

Adolf Hitler: The Ninth army will not retreat. Tell Busse to fight where he stands.

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: My Führer, then the Ninth army will be lost.

Adolf Hitler: We will repel the Soviet troops advancing to the North and East, with a relentless and almighty assault.

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: With what force, my Führer?

Adolf Hitler: Steiner's force will attack from the North and unite with the Ninth army.

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: The Ninth Army is unable to move North; the enemy army outnumbers us ten to one.

Adolf Hitler: Wenck: he will support them with the Twelfth Army.

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: But my Führer, the Twelfth Army is heading west to the Elbe.

Adolf Hitler: Then tell the army to turn around!

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: But we would expose the Western Front!

Adolf Hitler: Are you questioning my orders? I believe I made myself clear!

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Walter Hewel: Why do you want to live on?

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck: And you? Why do you absolutely want to die?

Walter Hewel: You see this?

[shows him a cyanide cap]

Walter Hewel: The Führer personally gave it to me!

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck: [bitter] As last honor?

Walter Hewel: ...maybe.

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Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler: Between us, I'd say he's had it.

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Yeah? What do you expect from a teetotal, non-smoking vegetarian?

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Adolf Hitler: [dictating to secretary] My political statement. Since 1914, when I invested my modest strength in the First World War, which was forced upon the Reich, over 30 years have passed. In those 3 decades, all my thoughts, actions and my life were dictated by my love for and loyalty to the German people. Centuries will pass, but from the ruins of our cities and cultural monuments our hatred will be renewed for those who are responsible, the people to whom we owe all this: The international Jewry and its supporters.

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Joseph Goebbels: Surrender? Never! This is outrageous! I've conquered Berlin against the Reds several years ago, and will defend the city to the last breath against them! The few hours that I've yet to live as German Chancellor, I will not use them to put my signature on a document of surrender!

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: We must protect the civilian population!

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: The Führer's order is final!

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: No matter what happens, we will protect to the end!

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: We cannot give up!

[Fritzsche steps out to Rochus Misch]

Walter Hewel: We have to start negotiations!

Joseph Goebbels: I repeat: I will never sign to a surrender!

[Burgdorf follows Fritzsche]

Hans Fritzsche: I need you to send a telegraph to Marshal Zhukov immediately.

Rochus Misch: Marshal Zhukov?

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: What's going on here?

Hans Fritzsche: This is madness. We have to give the city to the Russians.

[Burgdorf pulls out a gun]

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: Then I have to shoot you. The Führer commands to prohibit any surrender!

[Wielding grabs Burgdorf's arm as the latter shoots]

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Adolf Hitler: You see, gentlemen? I'll be proved right. Wenck will come.

[leaves generals]

Adolf Hitler: Wenck will come.

[passes by guards who salute to him]

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: I want to immediately know if it's possible for Wenck to attack or not.

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: It's unlikely that Wenck's small force can attack the Red Army...

Joseph Goebbels: [interrupts Krebs] How dare you say it's unlikely?

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: Wenck has nothing to confront the Red Army!

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: Why don't you tell the Führer? Have you all gone crazy?

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: The Führer knows it himself, but he will never surrender, and we won't either! I went through that before, and once is enough!

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: Come on, I have to get out of here.

[leaves with Mohnke]

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Adolf Hitler: General von Greim, I appoint you to Commander in Chief of the Air Force and General Field Marshal. A large responsibility rests on your shoulders. You must shake up the entire air force. Many mistakes have been made, so be ruthless. Life never forgives weakness. This so called humanity... is just priests' drivel. Compassion is a primal sin. Compassion for the weak is a betrayal of nature.

Joseph Goebbels: The strongest can only be victorious by eradicating the weak.

Adolf Hitler: I have always obeyed this law of nature by never permitting myself to feel compassion. I have ruthlessly suppressed domestic opposition and brutally crushed the resistance of alien races. It's the only way to deal with it.

[Linge enters with a folder in hand]

Adolf Hitler: Apes, for example, trample every outsider to death. What goes for apes goes even more for human beings.

[Hitler reads the folder]

Adolf Hitler: Himmler, in Lübeck, has made an offer to surrender to the western powers through Count Bernadotte... according to a report by English radio.

[finishes reading]

Adolf Hitler: Himmler... Of all people, Himmler! The truest of the true... This is the worst betrayal of all! Göring, yeah; he was always corrupt, of course. Speer, yeah: an idealistic, unpredictable artist. All the others, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

[puts folder down]

Adolf Hitler: But not Himmler. Has he gone crazy?

[stands up]

Adolf Hitler: He claimed authority by saying I was sick, perhaps already dead!

[pause]

Adolf Hitler: Please leave me alone with Lord von Greim and Frau Reitsch.

[Everyone except the following stands up]

Adolf Hitler: Oh, and bring me Fegelein.

Heinz Linge, Kammerdiener: My Führer, we don't know where he is.

Adolf Hitler: But he's Himmler's adjutant. He must be here.

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: We haven't seen him for days.

Adolf Hitler: I want his report at once!

[Everyone leaves, and Goebbels is about to step out]

Adolf Hitler: Please stay, Doctor.

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Joseph Goebbels: I feel no sympathy. I repeat, I feel no sympathy! The German people chose their fate. That may surprise some people. Don't fool yourself. We didn't force the German people. They gave us a mandate, and now their little throats are being cut!

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SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Convince him that we need to leave Berlin, Eva!

[a shocked and mildly horrified reaction from Eva]

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: ...Or come with me.

[Eva begins to walk away as if she has not heard him. Fegelein grabs her arm]

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Eva! You're going to die!

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Adolf Hitler: [in a furious tirade upon hearing of Himmler's attempt to surrender] Has he gone crazy?

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Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck: [as the SS and Wehrmacht offices are leaving Berlin] I won't allow my staff to be evacuated!

SS-Obergruppenführer Tellermann: Is that so?

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck: The food supply to Berlin will collapse!

SS-Obergruppenführer Tellermann: A good soldier will always find something to eat.

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck: Yes. And when the fighting starts, who will he take food from? Civilians! I won't allow it!

SS-Obergruppenführer Tellermann: It's the Führer's Orders!

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck: As Department Head, I answer to the SS and Reichsführer Himmler. But as a doctor, I answer to the Wehrmacht and we are still here. Please keep that in mind.

SS-Obergruppenführer Tellermann: [to aides] The Professor can stay in Berlin. Please give him an authorized permit!

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Officer: [In the bunker during a bombardment] Berlin is now nothing but warehouses: Here were some houses, and there were some houses.

[laughter]

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Adolf Hitler: Burgdorf, what's going on? Where's the firing coming from?

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: First of all, Happy Birthday, my Führer. My Führer, the city of Berlin is under artillery fire; grenades have hit near the Brandenburg gate, Reichstag, and the Friedrichstrasse station.

Adolf Hitler: Where is the firing coming from?

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: My Führer, we don't know, but I'm talking with Koller.

Adolf Hitler: Koller! Let me speak to Koller.

[takes phone]

Adolf Hitler: Koller. Do you know that Berlin is under artillery fire?

General der Flieger Karl Koller: No.

Adolf Hitler: Can't you hear the shooting?

General der Flieger Karl Koller: No, I'm in Wildpark Werder.

Adolf Hitler: The city is chaotic. The Russians have captured a railway bridge over the Oder.

General der Flieger Karl Koller: The enemy has no railway artillery in the Oder.

[takes paper from soldier]

General der Flieger Karl Koller: It's not long-ranged artillery; the divisional headquarters of the Flak and Zoo-Bunker report that the shells are ten to twelve calibers. The Russians went into position in Marzahn.

Adolf Hitler: That's only twelve miles from the city center. Are the Russians really this close? The Lufwaffe leadership must be hanged immediately!

[hangs up]

Adolf Hitler: This is outrageous. Outrageous! The Russians are twelve miles from the city center, and nobody told me anything. I had to ask.

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: My Führer, it's probably long-range artillery, after all. You mentioned a railway bridge over the Oder.

Adolf Hitler: Nonsense.

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Martin Bormann: [reading folder in hand] My Führer, following your decision to stay in Berlin, do I have your approval as Vice Chancellor to immediately take charge of the entire Reich with the necessary power and authority? If I receive no answer by 10 p.m., I will assume that you have been incapacitated. I will serve the well-being of our people and fatherland.

[closes folder and puts it down]

Martin Bormann: He's betraying Germany... and you!

Walter Hewel: Göring's concern isn't unjustified. If our communication system breaks down, which could happen at any time, we'd be cut off from the world; we could no longer pass on orders.

Joseph Goebbels: I see it differently. Göring wants to seize power. I never trusted that mob he gathered at Obersalzberg; it stinks of a coup.

Adolf Hitler: That failure. That sponger... A parvenu! A lazybones!

[Albert Speer returns while Hitler rants offscreen]

Adolf Hitler: How dare he declare me unable to act? Tomorrow he might declare me dead!

Albert Speer: Hello, Frau Junge.

Traudl Junge: Herr Speer. How did you get into Berlin?

Albert Speer: It wasn't easy, but I must speak with the Führer.

Heinz Linge, Kammerdiener: I'd wait here if I were you.

Adolf Hitler: The Luftwaffe... What did he do with it? That was reason enough to execute him! That morphine addict... helped to corrupt this country! And now this...

[Hewel looks down in disappointment]

Adolf Hitler: He betrayed me of all people! Me of all people!

[pause]

Adolf Hitler: I want Göring to be deprived of power and removed from office. If I don't survive the war, that man is to be executed at once.

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Helmut Goebbels: [after hearing Hitler shot himself] Bullseye!

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General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: My Führer, as a soldier I suggest we try to break through the encirclement. During the fight for Berlin we've already lost 15-20,000 of the younger officers.

Adolf Hitler: But that's what young men are for.

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Constanze Manziarly: I hate those two-faced sods who say 'Sieg Heil', but behind their backs say, 'Kiss my a... aunt'.

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Joseph Goebbels: I won't use my final hours as Reich Chancellor to sign a statement of surrender!

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Martin Bormann: [at Hitler's birthday reception] Himmler is such a pompous clown.

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: Big shots. Big shots everywhere. It makes me sick.

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Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: The Führer has lost all sense of reality.

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: He moves divisions that only exist on his map. Steiner's scattered unit can hardly defend itself and yet, Steiner is ordered to attack! It's pure madness!

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Then why don't you tell him yourself?

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: He won't listen to reason. You should know that.

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Something must be done.

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: Are you insane? We'll be thrown out like Rundstedt and Guderian!

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Yes, and?

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: [glares at Fegelein] We are soldiers! We pledged our allegiance to the Führer!

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: So that means we are no longer allowed to think?

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: All this coming from you? An opportunist? A ruthless careerist?

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Pardon?

[Burgdorf takes a swig of alcohol]

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General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: [after Hitler realizes that the war is lost and goes to his room] What now?

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: It's time to end this spectacle.

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: [Shocked] What do you mean? Just stop fighting? That's unthinkable! The Führer said we will not surrender. We will not repeat November 1918! Never!

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: You all heard him. He's no longer leading us. 'Do whatever you want.' That's what he said.

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: There is no one who will replace him! The Führer is the Führer!

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: [to the others] The Führer is just confused. He will pull through.

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Oh, great! And what will happen afterwards?

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: [pause] We cannot surrender for the Führer would never approve. We swore to obey his will!

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Nothing but empty phrases! We must act NOW! Before it's all too late!

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: You just want to save your skin!

SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: [to Burgdorf] Mind your words.

[the Generals storm off]

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Traudl Junge: Herr Speer! How did you get into Berlin?

Albert Speer: It wasn't easy, but I must speak with the Führer.

Heinz Linge, Kammerdiener: If I were you, I'd wait a bit.

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General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: The enemy has broken through along a wide front. They've taken Zossen to the south, and are advancing to Stahnsdorf. They're now on the northern outskirts between Frohnau and Pankow. They've reached Lichtenberg, Mahlsdorf and Karlshorst to the east.

Adolf Hitler: Steiner's assault will bring it under control.

General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: My fuhrer, Steiner...

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: Steiner couldn't mobilize enough men. He was unable to carry out the assault.

Adolf Hitler: [Removes glasses] These men will stay here: Kietel, Jodl, Krebs and Burgdorf.

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