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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.

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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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Amazing drama based on GREGOR ZIEMER'S book "EDUCATION FOR DEATH" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Also Known As:

Los hijos de Hitler  »

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Budget:

$205,000 (estimated)

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$3,355,000
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1.37 : 1
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Sophie Scholl, a political anti-Nazii, was arrested at the University of Munich, only 43 days after this movie first came out. She was beheaded, along with her comrades four days after arrest. See more »

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In the 1930s Lieutenant Karl Bruner would have never called Großdeutsches Reich Nazi-Germany. See more »

Quotes

Professor Nichols: [Narration] That was the last we saw of Karl for a long time. He was swept up in the storm - the storm that was sweeping through all of Germany.
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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 »


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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1810)
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Love among the Nazis
5 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film must have been rather shocking at the time, as it revealed many Nazi practices which would have offended American morality:

  • They forced single women to have babies "for the Fuehrer"


  • They sterilized women who were undesirables, either because of their race or their ideas


  • They raided churches and preached the destruction of Christianity


  • They brainwashed young people and encouraged them to violence against their enemies


Of course, mixed in among the propaganda is a love story between a Hitler Youth member and an attractive German/American girl attending an American school in Germany (which is conveniently situated across from the humorously-named "Horst Wessel School"). Besides having solid lead players, this film also boasts a strong supporting cast including H. B. Warner, Hans Conried, and Erford Gage (who would soon be killed in action during WW2).

The quality of this film is higher than other similar propaganda movies of the time, and has some touching (although predictable) scenes of love and sacrifice. And the opening scene of a Hitler Youth rally may serve as a warning against what happens when a politician with a cult of personality tries to control the minds of young people.


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