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Hitler's Children (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 January 1943 (USA)
This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors:

Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis (uncredited)

Writers:

Emmet Lavery (screenplay), Gregor Ziemer (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Karl Bruner
Bonita Granville ... Anna Müller
Kent Smith ... Professor Nichols
Otto Kruger ... Colonel Henkel
H.B. Warner ... The Bishop
Lloyd Corrigan ... Franz Erhart
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Dr. Schmidt
Hans Conried ... Dr. Graf
Gavin Muir ... Nazi Major
Nancy Gates ... Brenda
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Storyline

This propaganda piece starts in 1933. Prof. Nichols' American school in Berlin is next door to a school for the Hitler Youth. Karl, from the latter, is attracted to German-American Anna, but events lead to their separation. Six years later, near the outbreak of war in Europe, Anna is removed from Nichols' school on presumption of German citizenship. Nichols becomes obsessed with finding her, as Anna undergoes a rather lurid odyssey through the Nazi nightmare. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Latin

Release Date:

6 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de Hitler See more »

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Budget:

$205,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Even though this film does not take it's title from the book that it is based on, this movie still shows a close-up of the "Education for Death" source novel and its dust-jacked (as was quite customary of Hollywood movies of the day) clearly showing the book title "Education For Death", at the beginning of this film. See more »

Goofs

When Anna is running away from the Nazis she clearly has a colored nail polish on then she finds a cart to hide in and she no longer has nail polish on. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Karl Bruner: You're a German. If you'd only give our way of living a chance.
Anna Miller: You can't give evil and rottenness a fair chance.
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, the camera zooms in on a German book burning, and the book on top of the pile is "Education for Death" by Gregor Ziemer. That was another book by the same author of the novel on which this film is based. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hitler: Dead or Alive (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Music by Muzio Clementi (Symphony #3)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
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Entertaining Propaganda
14 May 1999 | by noahaxSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this film on cable and was immediately hooked. Created as a propaganda film to show the horrors of living in Nazi Germany, it seems quite naive in retrospect, as the full atrocities of the Holocaust were not yet public knowledge. Subtle, it is not, but it is definitely interesting as a historical novelty.


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