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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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Cast

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?

February 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The moral weight of "Hitler's Children" is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness.

January 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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.

November 16, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
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Haunting documentary about the descendants of top Nazi leaders struggling to endure their horrific legacy.

November 16, 2012 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 5/5
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.

November 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Hitler's Children

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

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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

½

A powerful, moving documentary concerning the descendants of some of Hitler's right-hand men and how they deal with their current-day lives despite their painful family history. An important, uniquely fascinating examination of how one deals with ancestors who were absolute monsters, and how one goes on knowing that may be in their blood. There is a moment that takes place at one of the Holocaust sites concerning a survivor and a descendant that is one of the most moving moments captured in a documentary. It's a very basic, simple approach on a complicated subject, and the result is a great film that should be viewed by anyone interested in this period in history.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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