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What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

My Nazi Legacy (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History | April 2015 (USA)
A human-rights lawyer conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII - Nazi Governors and consultants to Adolf Hitler himself.


David Evans
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Credited cast:
Niklas Frank Niklas Frank ... Self
Philippe Sands Philippe Sands ... Self
Horst von Wächter Horst von Wächter ... Self


Three men travel together across Europe. For two of them the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their fathers, who were both senior Nazi officers. For the third, the eminent human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands, it means visiting the place where much of his own Jewish family was destroyed by the fathers of the two men he has come to know. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past, the present of Europe - and conflicting versions of the truth. Written by Wildgaze Films

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An honest first-hand look at a very, very difficult subject.
22 July 2017 | by honest_reviews17See all my reviews

This documentary follows two different men who were sons of prominent figures during WW2. The person who does the interviews had several relatives who died in the war. This leads to an obvious bias on the part of the interviewer, but nonetheless it manages to reveal a sense of complication - both mental and emotional - created by such extreme events of the past. If your mind and heart are open, you will get much more out of this documentary.

Some people say this has a political message / bias to it. But to me, the fact that real people were asked to encounter questions the enormity of which the world has never seen, and hopefully will never see again, negates any sense of intentionality of a "take away" message. In the end, it's left up to the viewer to decide - and that may be the most difficult part, realizing that a "decision" in terms of right and wrong are not always as clear as they seem. Not when it's personal. Not when it's your own father who was involved in such atrocities as this.

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April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Lviv, Ukraine


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$8,132, 8 November 2015

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