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Hitler's Children (2011)

Bettina Goring , Katrin Himmler , Chanoch Ze'evi  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bettina Goring, Katrin Himmler, Niklas Frank
  • Directors: Chanoch Ze'evi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, German, Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008EXG6QC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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HITLERS CHILDREN is a searing documentary focusing on these tormented souls who look, talk, eat and breathe like everyone else... and yet feel as if they were spawned by the devil. --Allan Hall, The Sun

POWERFUL! A compassionate group portrait of five actual descendants of the Nazi regimes most notorious actors. --Michelle Orange, The Village Voice

A GREAT ACHEIVEMENT! Cunningly structured as a good thriller - and just as taut. --George Robinson, The New York Jewish Week

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Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Hans Frank, to name a few? What is it like for the descendants of these top Nazi officials to deal with the legacy left behind by their notorious families? HITLER'S CHILDREN introduces us to the children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews of these infamous men. Among them Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, who despises his father's past so much that he has spent his entire adult life researching and writing negatively about him, often touring around Germany to lecture against his father and the Nazi regime. And Bettina Göring - the great-niece of Hitler's second in command, Hermann Göring - who lives in voluntary exile in Santa Fe, NM and together with her brother decided to get sterilized so as to not pass on the Göring name or blood. These, and many others, discuss how they have coped with the fact that their last name alone immediately raises images of murder and genocide; and how they have reached a balance between the natural admiration and affection children feel towards their parents, and their innate revulsion of their crimes. Some have been more successful than others at achieving that balance, but each bares, for the first time, the scars that their legacy has left them.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive dissonance March 17, 2013
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Chanoch Ze'evi Has accomplished the near impossible: he has gathered the descendants of Hitler's regime. Placed them in front of his camera, let them talk, provided subtitles, and let the rest of the film work it's own insidious way into the psyches f all who watch it. Perhaps for the first time we are seeing a full picture of what life in and around Adolf Hitler was like as he terrified the universe with his megalomaniac plan for purification of the Aryan race - a plan that resulted in the deaths and tortures and cremations of millions of Jews, gypsies, criminals, homosexuals, and those who tried in vain to stop the atrocities.

The cast then are the descendants of Hitler's murderous group - now adults, forever tainted by the sins of their forbears, who explaining to us in penetrating eye contacts what it was like to be around the monster's court. Bettina Goering, Katrin Himmler, Eldad Beck, Rainer Hoess, Niklas Frank, and Monika Goeth are the cast members in this unforgettable film.

These six ordinary appearing people were not associated with Nazi leanings and they talk individually about what it is like to carry a name associated with the Nazi Party, being a blood relative to someone associated with hate and murder, being German at a time when that in and of itself was seen as being associated with Nazism, dealing with their family regardless of their allegiance to the Nazi Party, and if they feel any guilt associated with the actions of their infamous ancestor. Bettina Goering is the great-niece of Nazi official Hermann Göring shares her voluntary sterilization she underwent to put an end to her bloodline of horror (she now lives simply in New Mexico).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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If you're Herman Goering's great niece Bettina, who sees a resemblance to the Luftwaffe leader's infamous face every time she looks in a mirror, you distance yourself by moving to America, where you cast off the surname you were born with and take that of your new husband; then you and your brother get sterilized to ensure that no trace of that monster's blood will ever again run through German veins. Eventually that distance will enable you to revisit and relish the best of your German heritage...especially its food and music....

If you're Katrin Himmler, you'll marry an Israeli Jew and research and write a book about Himmler brothers' history, and if that makes you unpopular with other kin of the man who ran Hitler's SS, Gestapo and death camps, so be it. And you'll work very hard at losing your German accent, in hopes that when you go abroad you'll be mistaken for a Dane or Swede....

If you're Niklas Frank, son of Hans, the former Hitler-appointed Governor General of Poland, who ran its death camps, you'll check in with your brother before being interviewed for this documentary to make sure you're right that your parents never, ever, not even once, gave their kids a hug, a kiss or any other sign of affection, and your brother will confirm that. And you'll write a book about the Third Reich monsters who were your parents and give readings in schools where you know full well the teenagers there don't want to hear any of this, but you do it anyway....

If you're Monika Goeth, you'll grow up being assured that your father runs a "work camp" for Jews which, she was told, was "a good thing". "But why, if it's a work camp, Mama, are there old people and children there?" And "Has papa ever killed any Jews, Mama?" "Well, maybe a few," she was told. "What's a few, Mama?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I am a big fan of Film Movement's library of foreign and indie movies, and in fact am a subscriber to their DVD-of-the-month club. However, this is one of those releases that fell outside that DVD-of-the-month subscription, so I am just now catching up on it.

"Hilter's Children" (2011 German-Israeli co-production) brings the amazing story of several of the survivor's of Hitler's closest officers and confidants (Hitler obviously has no offspring himself). Just in the first 15-20 min. alone, we got to know Bettine Goering (Herman Goering was her great-uncle), Katrin Himmler (Heinrich Himmler was her great-uncle), Rainer Hoess (Rudolph Hoess, who ran the Auschwitz concentration camp, was his grandfather), and Monica Goeth (Amon Goeth, who ran the Plaszow concentration camp, was her father). Later on we get to know some others too. I was floored by all this. These are REAL people. The beauty of the movie is that the director asks a question (off-camera) and then lets the subject talk, and talk, and talk. There is no need to provide additional voice-overs with comments or admonitions, as the interviews speak for themselves. Best of all for me was the Hoess story. Rainer, who looks to be in his 40s, had never dared to visit Auschwitz although he had seen countless pictures of his family (including his dad as a young boy) living a sheltered life next to the concentration camp. Rainer's visit to Auschwitz will move, if not shock, you to your core. (I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz in 2009 and to state that it left an impact on me would be a huge understatement.)

The interviews deal with issues of guilt, remorse, fear of 'bad genes', how to try and live life anyway, etc.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There was a movie produced many years ago by the ...
There was a movie produced many years ago by the same title. I thought this was the same, or a remake. I didn't care for this one.
Published 10 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
interesting to read what the reactions of these children are to their fathers inhuman involvements and deeds.
Published 12 days ago by hida
5.0 out of 5 stars Running from the past
Amazing & tragic at the same time. Amon Goeth's daughter was a bit annoying - came across like she was seeking her own fame & fortune based on carrying the burden of his legacy but... Read more
Published 24 days ago by katherine
3.0 out of 5 stars Though not the best film ever from a production standpoint, far from...
It is difficult to review this documentary without a little personal bias thrown in. I write as the adult stepchild of someone who is very similar to a woman featured in the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jen M
5.0 out of 5 stars The unfortunate offsprings of those who were hitler's henchmen.
The cover says it all after all these years. Children of those who served this monster.A must for history buffs.
Published 5 months ago by rh
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
I bought this for a class that i am teaching on the Holocaust. It is an incredible and difficult concept for us all, but definitely a must to watch. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dulce valente
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
if your facinated by WWII like me this is worth watching, but i think more from the individuals would have been better.
Published 6 months ago by Tony007
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Published 7 months ago by J from NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
A phenomenal documentary. The most intense scene was when the clearly tortured grandson of Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz, speaking to a group of Israeli teens visiting the... Read more
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