What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

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In this deceptively understated documentary, two adult children of Nazi war criminals (Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter) reveal how they reconcile their fathers' monstrous deeds with their personal affection.

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[Wächter is] a frightening example of how the denial common to fascist regimes can endure long afterward.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

What Our Fathers Did is a movie about historical and filial responsibility, about repudiation, about acceptance, about the pain we inherit, and the pain that continues to be doled out.

Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is not just about a very specific and difficult conversation. Ultimately, it is also about the failure of conversation itself.

Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

What starts out as a genial documentary about two sons of high officials of the Nazi Party soon turns chilling in the gripping and compelling "What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy."

Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A troubling study of denial, wartime responsibility and the challenge of dealing with a monster in the family.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…
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"What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy" wields a power that towers above many other small movies. It may not be the large definition of cinematic, but it is still a true film.

Nov 6, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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