The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins
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Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.
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In the fall of 1932, when the film depicts the first meeting between Helmut Hoffmann and Reinhard Heydrich, Heydrich was an SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) and had served in the SS for just over a year. Considered rather unimportant by SS leaders, Heydrich would not become well known in the SS until after moving to Berlin and taking over the Gestapo in April of 1934. See more
Just prior to 1941, Becker asks Hoffmann if he will help obtain a genealogy certificate, for an SS recruit trying to prove German heritage, from "Hildebrandt's department". Richard Hildebrandt served as head of the SS Race Office (which screened SS applicants for their heritage) only after 1943. This early in the war, the race office was under the command of other SS officers. See more
You can probably remember when Bismark was Chancellor!
That's right, I can. And we didn't have songs to honor pimps then, either.
The "Horst Wessel"? What are you talking about, Horst Wessel was killed in a fight with the Communists back in '30.
I don't care if he was killed by a troupe of performing monkeys. He was still a pimp then, all the same!
In the version of the film shown on the History Channel's "Movies in Time" series, about 30-45 minutes of dialogue is cut from various scenes and conversations. This was necessary to have the running time under three and a half hours to allow for the Movies in Time commentary and interviews at the beginning and end of the feature. See more
Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives See more
17 February 1985 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Hitler SS: El retrato del mal
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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