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Have We Not Learned?
- David H.
Although obviously a low-budget wartime propaganda film it remains a powerful lesson for future generations. Bonita Granville and Tim Holt are terrific as a young couple who are caught up in a system where only one way of thinking is permitted. H.B. Warner is also outstanding as a priest in two brief scenes. The picture was directed by Edward Dmytryk whose career was derailed by the HUAC's "inquisition" for a time after the war. Unfortunately, judging by the overt political comments in some of the previous reviews I wonder if the lesson of this film is one we still have yet to learn.
Sadly relevant today...
I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a movie. I love Bonita Granville and H.B. Warner in particular but was very impressed with Tim Holt. This film was short and sweet, holding my interest all the way through....I don't want to get too political..but I agree with some of the other reviewers. As for the movie as viewing pleasure??!!! It's well worth the 83 min. investment!!!!
Timely film with a lesson we should all remember. To keep our freedom, we had best value it and want to keep it.
The DVD of this movie is available. Please use the search engine to find it but it's $16.46 and on sale for $5.53 off right now!!!:)
Request sent to TCM for the release on DVD
After reading several reviews on Hitler's Children, I absolutely agree to the previous comments. This Should be released on DVD and as a TCM Backlot Member, I hope that my request should soon be answered... In a positive form of course ;) Being good or bad, this is history and as I recently read, "If we don't learn from History, we will repeat it, over and over again. Until we Learn from It." It seems that it is starting again and if you disagree, oh well... It's still a Great Movie right? No harm no foul. Political or not. Entertainment or not. Life imitates art and vice versa. Good Luck to those of us whom want to own this movie. Even if TCM prints out a limited number of copies, I hope that we are notified of such and have the opportunity to own such a rare and wonderful piece of actual History... Unlike what is being taught today in the schools to swing the "politically correct" pov that is now being taught. I just can't believe the way that history has been rewritten from when I was in school to now my 13 year old. He tells me of things taking place and I always blurt out " That's not what happened " ... Anyways. Rant over... Good Luck to us who want a DVD and Enjoy the movie.
Hitler's Children's Mass Grave
The enemies of Nazi Germany have indeed lived long & prospered enormously to this day through their implementation of political correctness, TSA friskings & radiation baths st airports, surveillance cameras & microphones everywhere, the removal of Christian symbols & prayer from public places, forced health insurance, the drive to disarm regular American citizens, & a popular culture designed to corrupt under 25 year-olds which laces much of kindergarten through the university level of indoctrination! Let me not exclude the makers & participants of this movie & other visual/audio/ print media like it!
Needs a DVD. A Much Needed Lesson in History
Will we see a DVD version soon? This is a much needed lesson in history that must not be lost.
Hitler's Children: a window into our future
The last time I saw Hitler's Children, not too many years ago, impressed me greatly. As I watch today's headlines unfold, I see startling similarities all around us. Over the last 4 years we've seen the rise of a man eerily reminiscent of Hitler: Barack Obama. From the introduction of (Obama's) 'brown shirts' to intimidation of his opposition to outright - widespread - fraud. Watch this movie for a preview of events to come...perhaps sooner than you would expect.
- Wendy Sellers
Is this movie going to be put on DVD before I die? I am 62, and apart from my prior review, this movie describes Hitler's Nazi Germany better than any film I've seen: The sterilization of female political opponents or troublesome women; the persecution of mainstream religions, in this case, Catholicism; the reporting of parents by their children; the encouragement of babies born out of wedlock for Hitler; small sacrifices made by ordinary Germans against the regime and their imprisonment in concentration camps if caught or reported. I can't see why TCM is recording to DVD obviously inferior movies concerning Nazi Germany and putting this movie so low on its priority list for DVD.Could TCM please reconsider the rank that this movie is put on DVD, and put it out before I die of old age.
- Wendy Sellers
I am 62 and remember this movie since I was a child watching it on TV. Karl and Anna fall in love, but their love is quashed by the Nazis. Karl was born in America, but of German parents...so he's German. Anna was born in Germany, but her parents became Americans....so she's German. Anna is basically kidnapped by the Nazis and forced to be a "good German" by joining the BDM. Karl becomes a leader in the Nazi Youth Movement, but is still in love with Anna, as she is with him. Karl suggests that her loyalty would not be questioned if he and Anna have an out of wedlock baby for Hitler. She refuses, Karl sees the light and they are both murdered while on a radio broadcast designed for them to denounce their treacherous activity. This movie should be made available for Home Video as it shows how totalitarian governments feed their youth propaganda to get them to sacrifice their lives for their Fuhrer. government.
THIS ONE BRINGS BACK OLD MEMORIES & FEARS
- WALT JANEKE
I FIRST SAW THIS MOVIE IN 1943; I WAS A TEENAGER AT THE TIME, WHICH WAS DURING WWII. IT HAD A PROFOUND AFFECT ON ME - THE WAR CAME MUCH CLOSER TO HOME. UNKNOW TO ME AT THE TIME IT PORTRAYED SOME OF WHAT WAS ACTUALLY GOING ON IN GERMANY, AND FORETOLD OF THE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY THAT HITLER AND HIS ILK WERE INVOLVED IN. NOW I FEAR SOME EARLY SEEDS OF THE ATTITUDE SHOWN IN THE MOVIE MAY BE REFLECTED IN OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION IN WASHINGTON. DOES THE SPEECH TO SCHOOL CHILDREN ON THE 8TH OF SEPTEMBER 2009 FORETELL WHAT MAY BE TRIED IN THE U.S.A.? WE ARE IN SCARY TIMES!
Hitler's Children (1943)
Heavy going, quite over the top but understandable at the time. The performances tend to be melodramatic. It is however a fascinating slice of World War II propaganda.