Hitler's children

Hitler's children

DVD - 2013 | German
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"Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Hermann Goering, 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 Gring, the great-niece of Hitler's second in command, Hermann Goering, 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 Gring 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." -- filmmovement.com.
Publisher: [New York] : Film Movement, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD 943.086 HITLERS CHILDREN
DVDN 943.086 H638H 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 27, 2015

This is a 2013 documentary about the lives of the descendants of Hitler's top officials.
Although the descendants didn't do any wrong, they feel somewhat guilty.
It is a sad story.
I'm really sorry for them.

Aug 08, 2014

I love the determination of the individuals who want the truth to continue to be the only reality that exists.

In every family/nation there are secrets and it's sad when those secrets are the foundation on which strength and unity are built - those people who seek out the truth in order to expose those secrets should be proud of their successful efforts. I know I am proud to know they exist.

To make note of what one man said, "I didn't feel connected to it because it all seemed too quick. It seemed it lacked depth."

"It" I presume is in reference to the forgiveness that was displayed at Auschwitz- every action has a rippling effect that makes waves throughout every person, nation, generation. I know I was deeply touched by this human experience and now my perspective on life, love, forgiveness and human strength has a meaning that runs so deep I can, now, see clearly. It's my responsibility to hold onto that wholesome perspective and nurture it with respect to strengthening more and more connections relative to everything and anything.

The handful of people and what they did does not make up the whole of the people and what I do.

Do the following names have a familiar sounding ring to them? Heinrich Himmler? Herman Goering? Rudolf Hoess? Hans Frank? Amon Goeth?

Well, if you are at all up on your WW2 history, and, especially, if you're hip to who's who in the notorious Nazi camp, then these particular names should, of course, ring a very clear bell that comes straight from a Gestapo, concentration camp from hell.

This well-produced, 60-minute documentary consists of interviews with five descendants of these once powerful figures who had reigned supreme in the Nazi regime. These interviewees are people who had inherited a legacy that had permanently associated them with one of the greatest crimes against humanity in all of history.

And their names are as follows - Bettina Goering, great-niece of Herman Goering; Rainer Hoess, grandson of Rudolf Hoess; Katrin Himmler, great-niece of Heinrich Himmler; Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank; and Monika Goeth, daughter of Amon Goeth.

For more than 60 years these people have, in a sense, lived in the shadows, trying to rebuild their lives without being constantly reminded of what their fathers or fore-fathers once did.

In Hitler's Children each of these people discusses the delicate balance that they reached between the natural admiration that a child has for his, or her, father or relative and the innate revulsion that they clearly hold towards the crimes which their ancestors committed.

All-in-all - Hitler's Children was an interesting documentary that provided the viewer with even more insight into the devastating effects of a worldwide event, like WW2, which, even today, still continues to have an impact on us.

Oct 29, 2013

The film focuses on interviews with Bettina Goering, the great-niece of Hermann Göering, Katrin Himmler, the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, Rainer Hoess, the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Niklas Frank, the son of Hans Frank, Polish Governor-General responsible for the ghettos and concentration camps in Nazi occupied Poland and Monika Goeth, the daughter of Amon Goeth, Commandant of the Plaszów Concentration Camp. Probably the most interesting interviews are with the descendants closest to the Nazi years--- Rainer Hoess, Niklas Frank, and Monica Goeth.


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