This documentary explores the lives of some of the children and grandchildren of Hitler’s top officials including Himler, Hoess, Frank and others. What all of them feel is overwhelming guilt. How they handle the guilt is what makes the film fascinating.
One brother and sister decided to get each get sterilized so the family line ends with them. Another son of a high ranking Nazi official speaks to school children throughout the world and denounces his parents and claims they never loved him.
Interestingly, the film also examines the lives of some children and grandchildren of Jewish people who survived the Holocaust. In fact, a grandson of a Nazi official and a grandson of a Jewish couple who survived the Holocaust travel to Auschwitz together. This segment of the movie is powerful and moving, but actually, much of the rest of the film is, too.
If you’re interested in history, you’ll enjoy this film, though maybe enjoy is the wrong word to use. This film is powerful and thought-provoking. I thought of it for many days after watching it. While it details atrocities that were committed nearly 75 years ago, the pain is still very real for both the descendants of the Nazis and the Jews.
The only thing I didn’t like about the film was the ending. The last minute or two negated much of what was previously shown.
On the Mom’s Plans scale, I give this move 5 out of 5 stars.
Photo courtesy of hitlerschildren.com