Hitler’s Children (2011)


“Many people tell me that I look like my father, but I’m not Amon. I have nothing in common with him either.” – Monika Hertwig

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that interviews the children and grandchildren of prominent Nazis to learn about their viewpoints on the atrocities that they committed during World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few weeks ago and the premise itself fascinated me.

I wondered what the children and grandchildren of people who committed atrocities during World War II during the Holocaust would think about the actions of their forefathers.

Would they agree with what they did because they were loving parents or would they be disgusted by these vile actions that they perpetrated.

The film was extremely fascinating to watch and it remains gripping from start to finish since it allows us to see the viewpoints of people who we normally wouldn’t encounter and find out what they truly think about the various actions of the people who raised them years ago.

The way that they describe their opinions is great to listen to because it’s so eye opening to hear what they have to say about the environments that they grew up in an we get to see whether they agree or disagree with that kind of environment.

This is a movie that asks some very difficult questions and attempts to give us real and genuine answers to those questions in order for the world to learn so much about the way they were brought up.

And somehow they manage to surprise us with the answers given again and again.

This is a movie with a very powerful message that attempts to prove that evil isn’t something that need sto always beget more evil and that we all should always have feelings of hope that good can somehow emerge from these atrocious acts in some form or another.

Bottom Line – Extremely fascinating film that is able to give us amazing viewpoints that are so difficult to learn about. Hearing the descriptions of these descendants as they discuss their opinions on what their parents and grandparents did is so eye opening. The film asks some very difficult questions and the answers are constantly surprising again and again. The message of this film is very powerful because it tries to prove that evil doesn’t always beget more evil and that there should be constant hope for good to emerge from atrocious acts. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of Best Documentary Jury Award at the White Sands International Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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3 thoughts on “Hitler’s Children (2011)

  1. When I first saw the title, I thought you were reviewing the 1943 Tim Holt/Bonita Granville film. This is a fascinating doc. The most moving part to me were the couple who married and made the conscious decision to not have children.

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