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What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

My Nazi Legacy (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History | April 2015 (USA)
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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.

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David Evans
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Niklas Frank Niklas Frank ... Self
Philippe Sands Philippe Sands ... Self
Horst von Wächter Horst von Wächter ... Self
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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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April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lviv, Ukraine

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,132, 8 November 2015

Gross USA:

$40,119

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,603
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Moving and at times uncomfortable story of two sons of Nazi's
31 January 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Philippe Sands lost nearly all of his ancestors in Ukraine at the hands of Nazi's and their sympathisers. He became a barrister and specialises in human rights violation cases and war crimes. He met with two men who both owned up to being the sons of prominent Nazi's during WW II and he set out to make a film about them now and what the sins of the fathers mean to them.

This film was made for the BBC Timewatch programme and has all the hallmarks of a high quality production. What makes this so watchable is the fact that the two men are at either end of the spectrum when it comes to blame. One hating his father for his crimes and the other claiming his papa did nothing wrong despite the evidence. He is not even using the 'he just followed orders' excuse as his father was the one issuing those self same orders.

I found this to be a difficult watch in places even with the desensitising nature of modern TV it is still hard to contemplate the mass murder that Hitler and his acolytes carried out. Things here are generally balanced though and to say it was engrossing is an understatement – I would go for a rental if you can as you may not gain more on subsequent viewings.


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