Hitler's Children
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This documentary is about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history. What is it like for them to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of murder and genocide? How do they cope with the fact that they are the children of ... literally, not just metaphorically.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"A film whose core is a haunting question: When parents are monstrous, where does filial love begin and end?"
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Haunting documentary about the descendants of top Nazi leaders struggling to endure their horrific legacy."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Seems like such an obvious topic for a film that it's surprising no one else has made it before..Raises issues that never get old. Nor should we stop talking about them."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"[A] chilling, unsettling documentary."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The film drains its subjects of the shame forced on them by Nazi ancestors and yet has difficulty arriving at an effective, constructive thesis."
‑ Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine
"The moral weight of "Hitler's Children" is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Quiet, simple and soaked in sorrow, "Hitler's Children" takes a stripped-down approach to an emotionally sophisticated subject."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
""Hitler's Children" is an original study of the Holocaust and is also a cautionary statement of the dangers of the rise of a new fascism."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"As fascinating as it is provocative about aspects of evil, guilt, denial, heredity and repentance, this Israeli/German co-production offers much to think about."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Hitler's Children explores the themes of guilt, memory, family ties and identity with a profound simplicity that quickly gets very raw, at times overwhelmingly so."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"The sins of the fathers have seldom weighed so heavy as in the odd, intriguing and ultimately moving Hitler's Children."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"It's always dispiriting to see an ideal subject given shallow treatment, and one spends most of this documentary wishing a more experienced director had made it."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Zeevi not only has found himself five incredible subjects, but he's woven his film together so that their experiences and opinions are studies in contrasts and commonalities."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"How these men and women have chosen to face this inherited burden directly or flee from it creates a fascinating spectrum the film explores via quietly intimate interviews."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
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