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Hitler's Children Reviews

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½ May 18, 2016
An important perspective on a terrible history. It is not an answer to the hard questions, but rather another point of entry for continued dialogue, which is essential.
½ July 24, 2015
Extremely powerful doc about the children and grandchildren of Hitler's inner circle. About as good as this subject matter could have been presented. There was one bit that made me cry uncontrollably.
January 24, 2015
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.
½ December 29, 2014
Having read "On Hitler's Mountain" about a child's life in Bechtesgaden during WWII, I was interested to see this documentary about how the children and grandchildren of actual top Nazi war criminals were able to emotionally handle the horror of being related to these people. How do their pasts impinge on their presents? If one is the great-niece of Himmler, does one ever not feel guilt? It was a compelling story of several of the six people followed. Some stories were more moving than others, some descendants have managed to engage in catharsis better than others, some are more conflicted than others. How does one hate his parents or his grandparents? If your father were Himmler and you knew what he would do, what would you do? The pacing was all right, but it didn't have the same depth of engagement with all six of the individuals. It also would have been nice to see one of the descendants who still has a positive view of his ancestor. Obviously none of them would agree to be in such a film. It's available on Netflix.
November 8, 2014
The sins of the fathers, and mothers. The redemption, is it possible at all ever or should it be needed in the first place? A moving documentary causing one to think deep in a sunny saturday afternoon.
August 2, 2014
This was so interesting. Interviews with the descendants of high-level Nazis (including Goering, Heinrich, Himmler, Goeth (Schindler's List guy), & Frank) about what it's like to have that lineage. Talk about family baggage. A couple of them even chose sterilization. I can't believe this isn't rated higher.
½ July 3, 2014
The pacing wasn't great, but the subject matter saved the movie.
June 6, 2014
Intresting. Im down for any ww2 doc. it must suukkkk being the grandchild of one of these people.
May 16, 2014
I found this to be a pretty intriguing documentary, as the filmmakers followed up with children, grandchildren and even a niece of the most notorious Nazi leaders. What I thought was most interesting was how the people interviewed were almost universally worried that they might be genetically inclined to be as evil as their infamous relatives.
½ April 25, 2014
Hitlers Children cuenta la historia de cinco familiares de los hombres que cometieron uno de los crímenes más horrendos de la historia, el holocausto. Vemos como su parentesco con ellos les previene vivir vidas normales. Sienten dolor, vergüenza, rabia y hasta culpa por lo que sus ancestros hicieron. Hay una escena donde Rainer Hoess nieto de Rudolf Hoess, para seguir con su vida, decide visitar Auschwitz y la casa al lado del campo que fue hogar de su abuelo y padre mientras todas las atrocidades ocurrían a pocos pasos de ellos. Rainer al entrar a la casa se siente tan asqueado por todo, que lo único que puede hacer es llorar, ya que no puede creer como pudieron vivir ignorando todo lo que sucedía y aprovechándose de el dolor de tantos.

Bettina Goering quien es la sobrina-nieta de el oficial nazi Herrmann Goring, vive en completo aislamiento donde trata de llevar una vida normal, y confiesa de que ella y su hermano tomaron la decisión de no tener hijos, por lo cual se sometieron a la vasectomía, con el miedo de que pudieran guardar cualquier parecido a este hombre.

Katrin Himmler es la sobrina-nieta de Heinrich Himmler, cuenta que solía sentirse asustada al salir de Alemania, porque sentía que la iban a reconocer por su acento, y trató de esconderlo lo mejor posible. También escribió un libro, exponiendo todos los secretos de su familia, razón por la cual varios miembros ya no hablan con ella., ya que preferían simplemente olvidar.

Rainer Hoess es el nieto de Rodolf Hoes. Escribió dos libros y pasa su vida visitado escuelas leyendo fragmentos de ellos, para de alguna manera lidiar con su pasado y la rabia que siento hacia sus ancestros.

Y por último Monika Goeth, que es la hija de Amon Goeth, quien era la más misteriosa de todos. Por una parte sentí que estaba en negación y tratando de lidiar de la mejor manera que podía.

Este documental fue fascinante, porque hemos aprendido desde pequeños acerca de las víctimas de esta tragedia y de sus perpetradores, pero olvidamos que las familias de estos hombres también son víctimas, y tienen que llevar la vergüenza y rabia hasta hoy en día por lo que hicieron sus antecesores.
Super Reviewer
February 18, 2014
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.
January 19, 2014
Very interesting documentary coming from generations that had been effected from their last names. This documentary, tells that even someones action actually effects the future. Specially your family if you hurt others in the past or done criminal things. When Rainer Hoess went to the concentration camp and there was an original survivor. It was a very emotional experience, specially what the original survivor said to him. Its a must see for sure, because you get to see what the families have experience from this unfortunate horrible situation.
½ November 16, 2013
"This particular story has no ending."
October 25, 2013
Very good documentary on how one copes with the horrors that their parents/grandparents have done.
August 30, 2013
A part of history we forgot! It was an amazing documentary!
August 16, 2013
Heartbreaking and beautiful.
½ August 14, 2013
An interesting and short documentary. I got bored a bit in the middle because though the premise is great, it is not sooo enticing or illuminating. It brought out what certain people are going through but that's it. It wasn't a larger commentary than what they showed. Maybe it is too simple a documentary for this powerful a concept.
July 20, 2013
Are children responsible for their fathers deeds?
½ June 30, 2013
Great look at family legacy, the darkest.
Super Reviewer
June 25, 2013
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.
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