Film Movement has taken North American rights to Israeli documentary, “Hitler’s Children” from director Chanoch Ze’evi.
The doc, which will be released in New York this fall followed by a national roll-out and VOD release, looks at the descendants of top Nazi officials and the struggle in their lives to move beyond the horrors of their past. While Hitler himself did not have children, many of his associates did — including Adolf Eichmann, Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Hans Frank. The synopsis are trailer are below.
Film Movement’s Rebeca Conget calls the film, “important, and powerful, and emotional on so many levels. It makes you question the idea of inherited guilt and responsibility, and the power of history on the individual’s psyche. We are hoping it will be seen by millions of people in North America, and open up dialog and discussion on the effects of the Holocaust on not just the victims’ but the perpetrators’ descendants.”
Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Adolf Eichmann, 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.
Trailer via IDFA.