Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

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The testimony of Junge is more than enough to make this bare-bones documentary fascinating.



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In 1942, 21-year-old Traudl Junge, looking for work, found a job as a personal secretary to a prominent political figure. That figure was Adolf Hitler, and until the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945, Junge worked by Hitler's side at his home, his office, and in the field; she even was on hand to take dictation as Hitler prepared his last will and testament just days before his death. Junge remained silent about her years with the Nazi overlord until filmmaker Andre Heller persuaded her to share her story with the world. Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary records Junge as she wrestles with her recollections of Adolf Hitler, confronting her anger and remorse over serving a man she now sees as evil, and dredging up memories which have faded with the passage of time. As fate would have it, Junge died only a few hours after Blind Spot received its premier at the Berlin Film Festival in February, 2002.

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Audience Reviews for Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

The great strength of this movie is its simplicity, the very thing which seems to put a lot of people off. There's no melodramatically intercut archive footage or stirring musical crescendos to manipulate ones emotions; its just an old lady, who happened to be an unwitting eyewitness to epoch-making events, telling her story to the camera. I found it mesmerising and frequently chilling in its juxtaposition of banality and horror. For example, Traudl Junge tells of Hitler's fondness for his dog, Blondie, and his pride at the tricks she could perform, then later she describes how he killed the dog just to test the cyanide capsules with which he was planning to commit suicide. I found the ending, where a guilt-ridden Junge compares herself unfavourably with the executed pamphleteer Sophie Scholl, very moving indeed. This is a hugely important document and a fascinating companion piece to the marvellous "Downfall". Anybody who finds this film boring ought to be thoroughly ashamed of him/herself.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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A fabulous documentary. A very unique perspective on one of the most detestable individuals in history.

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