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Hitler's Children (2012)



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This documentary is about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history. What is it like for them to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of murder and genocide? How do they cope with the fact that they are the children of ... literally, not just metaphorically.

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Niklas Frank
as Niklas Frank
Bettina Göring
as Bettina Göring
Katrin Himmler
as Katrin Himmler
Rainer Hoess
as Rainer Hoess
Monika Hertwig
as Monika Hertwig

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

A film whose core is a haunting question: When parents are monstrous, where does filial love begin and end?

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The moral weight of "Hitler's Children" is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Boston Globe
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The sins of the fathers have seldom weighed so heavy as in the odd, intriguing and ultimately moving Hitler's Children.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Top Critic

Haunting documentary about the descendants of top Nazi leaders struggling to endure their horrific legacy.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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Quiet, simple and soaked in sorrow, "Hitler's Children" takes a stripped-down approach to an emotionally sophisticated subject.

November 16, 2012
New York Times
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It's always dispiriting to see an ideal subject given shallow treatment, and one spends most of this documentary wishing a more experienced director had made it.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Hitler's Children

Really nice film but to me Hoess' grandchild didn't seem authentic and seemed to be playing it up for the cameras towards the end of the film. Before arriving to the Auschwitz he was very disappointed about what happened in the concentration camps at the hands of his grandfather but upon arrival he seemed happy and thrilled like he was visiting Disneyland, wanting to take a million pictures and re-inact photos of his father's childhood pictures. I guess it's difficult to hold back excitement when you arrive to the place where your father grew up but when that place happens to be the front facade of a death camp, I would expect a different reaction especially when visiting with the grandson of a victim of the holocaust. I guess anyone can make this mistake of being overly happy at inappropriate moments, but this was my initial reaction to his.

Latasha Moore
Latasha Moore

A compelling look at the sense of blood-guilt shared by the descendants of some of the most notorious Nazi monsters. I found it thoughtful, disgusting and moving.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A striking, and important, documentary revealing the burden that must be faced when descended from Nazi war criminals..."Not every story has a happy ending." This is powerful stuff, and gets even more emotional the further into the film you get. No one ever forgets what happened, but some choose to forgive, while other choose to only remember.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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