Bettina Göring is the great-niece of Nazi official Hermann Göring. Katrin Himmler is the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, second in command of the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler. Rainer Höß is the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, creator and commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Niklas Frank is the son of Hans Frank, Polish Governor-General during WWII, he who was responsible for the ghettos and concentration camps in Nazi occupied Poland. Monika Hertwig is the daughter of Amon Goeth, commandant of the Plaszów Concentration Camp. None with Nazi leanings, the five 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 Naziism, 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. In addition to these…
Plot Keywords: nazi / auschwitz / holocaust / anti-semitism / nazism
Certificate: Singapore:PG13 | United States:Not Rated
Cast: Bettina Göring , Katrin Himmler , Monika Hertwig , Rainer Höß , Eldad Beck , Niklas Frank , Yael Bedarshi , Adi Piper , Samuel West
Company: Maya Productions
Country: Israel , Germany
Language: German , English , Hebrew
Released Date: Nov 2011 (Netherlands)
Film Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Runtime: 59 min
Aspect Ratio: n/A
ericapolitica » What I most appreciated about this film is that you do not have to be of German or Jewish ancestry to understand what is being discussed, you only need to be human. Personally, I am of neither ancestry but I was moved to tears as these candid and innocent descendants of those who both inflicted and suffered through one of the worst tragedies in history. As for the German descendants, they are very much trying to keep the sins of their ancestor from defining them while admitting that they were personally affected by their atrocious actions.
Some of their resemblances to their forefathers are uncanny to the point that some can easily be recognized as being the offspring of those who commanded the Third Reich, something that can be shameful or even dangerous.
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