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.
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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Did You Know?
When Reinhard Heydrich leaves Berlin to take up a new posting as Nazi Governor of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia), a scene follows where Helmut Hoffmann is told "You'd better hope Himmler has a job for you, or you'll find yourself fighting Russians." This is in reference to the practice of the SS where General-SS members, without active assignments, would transfer to the Waffen-SS as military reservists. Interestingly, in the subsequent scene set a year later after Heydrich's assassination, Helmut is shown wearing a Waffen-SS tunic complete with combat and service awards from the Eastern Front, thus implying that he *did* find himself fighting Russians. See more
In all the scenes featuring Heinrich Himmler, Himmler is shown as stern and militaristic, requiring others to stand at attention when they address him and speaking in a harsh disciplinarian manner. This is completely contrary to Himmler's actual character, who conducted himself (with a few exceptions) in a friendly manner around most members of the SS, mostly out of a sense of comradeship and a feeling that the SS was a brotherhood of Germanic men. In most newsreels showing Himmler around other members of the SS, he is frequently shown smiling and in casual conversation, rarely appearing before others as an authoritarian figure. See more
[1939, in a bar full of Nazi's and German soldiers
We hoped you enjoyed our entertainment ladies and gentlemen, that's all we have for you tonight... oh... one thing I almost forgot, someone asked me a request. Would I sing the Polish national anthem... anyone know it? You know it? Well, no matter. It'll be obsolete by Christmas anyway, like the Jews.
The DVD version of the film omits the entire first part of the feature, substituting the 1931 - 1939 scenes with a quick summary at the start of the film, then begins with the invasion of Poland in 1939. See more
Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives See more