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The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler (1958)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Biography | History  -  1958 (USA)
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1950's television documentary special that includes interviews with Hitler's sister Paula Wolf and a fellow prisoner who was incarcerated with Hitler, actual footage shot by the Nazi's and Eva Braun's rare home movies.

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Credited cast:
Westbrook Van Voorhis ...
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Paula Wolf ...
Herself, the younger sister of Adolf Hitler
Julius Schaub ...
Himself, Adolf Hitler's personal adjutant
Wilma Schaub ...
Herself, Julius Schaub's wife (as Frau Schaub)
Hans Bauer ...
Himself, Adolf Hitler's personal pilot
Erich Kempka ...
Himself, Adolf Hitler's personal chauffeur
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Herself (archive footage)
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1950's television documentary special that includes interviews with Hitler's sister Paula Wolf and a fellow prisoner who was incarcerated with Hitler, actual footage shot by the Nazi's and Eva Braun's rare home movies.

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Hitler is treated as human.
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Which thing surprised me. For the most part people like Adolf Hitler are referred to by others as "monsters". I understand that we do this in an effort to disassociate these others from us, thus making us immune. We believe that WE could never do such things. Only someone, some THING, other than human could commit such atrocities. This documentary is striking in that Hitler, and those around him, are treated in a very human manner. Given that its production was so soon after the war, and considering that a great many of the people who would have viewed this in '58 would've been in their 30s and 40s and WWII veterans, makes the treatment and mentality all the more surprising to me. Aside from this "The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler" is also scary in many respects. The interviews strike home in a very strange and terrifying way. The words, chosen with what seems so much care, would seem to indicate that these people were still worshiping their national hero and that he would always be for them their "beloved Leader". Put together almost completely of REAL footage, I only saw one short part that looked staged for the documentary itself. All factual, all straightforward, all human, all the more frightening.


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