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Hitler's Children (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, History  |  November 2011 (Netherlands)
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A look into the lives of the descendants of the top Nazi officials who worked under Hitler's command.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bettina Göring ...
Herself (as Bettina Goering)
Katrin Himmler ...
Herself
Monika Hertwig ...
Herself (as Monika Goeth)
Rainer Höß ...
Himself (as Rainer Hoess)
Eldad Beck ...
Himself
Niklas Frank ...
Himself
Yael Bedarshi ...
Narrator (voice)
Adi Piper ...
Himself, Bettina Göring's husband
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Bettina Göring is the great-niece of Nazi official Hermann Göring. Katrin Himmler is the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, second in command of the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler. Rainer Höß is the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, creator and commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Niklas Frank is the son of Hans Frank, Polish Governor-General during WWII, he who was responsible for the ghettos and concentration camps in Nazi occupied Poland. Monika Hertwig is the daughter of Amon Goeth, commandant of the Plaszów Concentration Camp. None with Nazi leanings, the five talk individually about what it is like to carry a name associated with the Nazi Party, being a blood relative to someone associated with hate and murder, being German at a time when that in and of itself was seen as being associated with Naziism, dealing with their family regardless of their allegiance to the Nazi Party, and if they feel any guilt associated with the actions of their infamous ancestor. In addition to these... Written by Huggo

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$2,939 (USA) (16 November 2012)

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$26,083 (USA) (22 March 2013)
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References Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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Kein schöner Land in dieser Zeit
Music & lyrics by 'Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio'
Performed by Die Sterndrehere (comprised of Adi Piper (guitar and vocals), Annette Cantor (as Annete Cantor) (violin and vocals) & Deuter (vocals))
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The Sins Of Our Fathers
16 February 2014 | by (Huntington, New York) – See all my reviews

This film is fascinating, profound and moving. It raises important moral issues and shakes many conventional beliefs.

How should we view crimes committed by our parents and ancestors? At what point do our ancestors' acts forfeit our natural (and culturally-encouraged) love for them? Should we even face the facts of their choices and lives? The documentary addresses these issues in the starkest case: by speaking with the relatives of men who committed the worst of crimes. These children and grandchildren bear the family-name of their infamous ancestors while not accepting and, in some cases sharply repudiating, the legacies of those ancestors.

Modern society washes away what happened last week, let alone by the last generation. So the current inclination is to simply forget about the past. Yet when the past was atrocious, forgetting it is wrong. At the least, we owe victims of atrocities remembrance of their history and their suffering.

This movie should be seen by more people. To understand our present, we need to grapple with our past, including the ugly parts.


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