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  1. Hitler's Children (documentary)


    #576952013-06-05 21:56:18 *Kirn said:

    (I wonder if anyone would actually post any reply to this, but what the hell...)
    Hello, one and all. As always, it is time for me to share with you another documentary I watched.

    Now... imagine, that you are a grandson of Hitler. Okay, try to hold that thought. Feel it. Think, what would your life be? What would you think about your family and, especially, about your dear famous grandfather? Okay, let's leave the Hitler alone now. There's no immediate family members of his anyhow. But other famous Nazi did have children and quite big families. And those descendants of war criminals are alive today. So this is a movie about them.

    Okay, what exactly is this about? Basically, the movie follows few of the descendants of a few of famous Nazis. Those descendants live their lives trying to cope with this thing - being related to people who brought such horrors to the world. Pretty much each of them deals with this in his/her own way. And not all of them are from the same generation, so for some of them it's just family stories while others actually saw some of the war crimes themselves. Some feel greater burden, but all of them feel the weight of their family past...

    So. This is a BBC movie, and I honestly never ever in my whole life seen such a guild-trip. Ever. What I saw in this movie is unreal. Not because of the memories of Nazi concentration camps, no, but because of these people, who between all of them never killed a single Jew of Polish person, feeling what seems to be the guilt for deaths of every person from all the camps out there. The hate for their own families, the overgrown sense of responsibility... honestly, the things some of them did 'cause of who their relatives were... I will not say to avoid spoilers.
    You know, I really wasn't sure what I was expecting. Maybe I thought that I'd see people who grew up during Hitler regime and then had to come to terms with world being harsh to them... But instead I saw the people who, under the pressure of common opinion, became harsh to themselves. I seriously hoped for some of them to be, at some point, more positive about their Nazi relatives, but no such luck.

    While, as you can see, I really didn't enjoy the movie as I wanted to, I won't go as far as saying that it is a bad movie. First of all, you really have to see how far overinflated guilt can take a person. Second of all, while being concentrated on how these people cope with their guilt now, the movie does have some interesting things like Nazi family stories and a Nazi chest (I really liked the chest!). So it holds some historical and psychological value. Oh, and obviously those people who would just want to reaffirm that Nazis were actually bad people will definitely love this documentary. Still, it's a real shame there was no positive angle. Then again, it is BBC.

  2. #577132013-06-06 00:14:09canon said:

    i can't imagine what it's like to live with that kind of legacy. i wish it were as easy as, "respect your ancestors", but... in that situation, what do you do? i wish there were some redeeming part, like, "you are not your grandfather", but that just doesn't happen. they live with this awful guilt for things they didn't do and that's a hellish existence.

  3. #577602013-06-06 09:07:11Kirn said:

    Well, here's the thing - one of those poor sods went to concentration camp that his Nazi granddad ran and one of the survivors of that camp went and told him - "You weren't there, you aren't responsible". But how stupid is that - to be told by someone else that you are not your granddad? I mean, most people manage to figure that out themselves. Sure, you may not approve of your relative killing a thousand of so Jews, that's perfectly reasonable, but why would you put all this guilt on yourself? I really think that the world is partly to blame here for making those people feel like war criminals themselves. Which they aren't. The whole thing is really mind-boggling.