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(aka 'Dzieci Hitlera')

Directed by Chanoch Zeevi
USA | Germany | Israel 20


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.


Theatrical Release: November 21st, 2011

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Distribution Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:22:45 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer
• Biographies
• More from Film Movement

DVD Release Date:
April 2nd, 2013
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12



Firstly, this is, obviously, not the 1943 Edward Dmytryk drama. But this 2001 film is quite an Interesting documentary. It was shot on HD in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and the DVD is dual-layered. Visually it shows the weaknesses of HD camera - people look waxy, and there is haziness in-motion. The DVD seems to be reporting a faithful image presentation though and being a documentary I am less-inclined to get picky about the image quality.

Audio is mostly in German with some English and there are optional English subtitles. The text/graphics are in English.

Extras included the 24-minute short film 'Kun 65' by Tal Haim Yoffe. He (the director) discovers an old oil painting for sale in the street. He takes it home and learns that it was painted by a holocaust survivor artist - whom he eventually meets. There is also a trailer for Hitler's Children and other Film Movement projects as well as text bios of people in the feature.

For the price - I'd recommend to people who might be keen on the topic - I was very interested throughout. The 5 relatives discuss carrying the infamous-related names and its effect on their lives. 

Gary W. Tooze


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