Final Account

audience Reviews

, 91% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Credit is due for the long and arduous work of compiling these interviews. You get the full gambit of responses here from true acknowledgement of their involvement in crimes against humanity and a serious desire to ensure it never happens again, to half hearted admissions and then denials, all the way to a disturbing nostalgia for the era.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Yet another exceptional documentary about the atrocities of Nazis.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting view of the youth of the reich and how they watched and where indoctrinated into the Nazi way. Very good would like to have known if the interviewer asked the same questions to each person.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Brutally hard to watch knowing the history this documentary recounts. I knew it would probably have subtitles as all of the interviewees were Germans who were of late teens to adult age by 1938-39 and were participants in various German institutions of the German military or in support of the German war effort. They were asked questions about their history and experiences and what they thought both at the time and with all these years to reflect on that history. It exposes how easily some average citizens can be encouraged and/or manipulated into believing and doing things they wouldn't have done under normal circumstances. Has some relevance to the manipulation of our citizenry today through the internet.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    This is the ' final account' of these people that lived through one of the worst events in human history The holocaust still remains a horror for many that lived and many that didn't This documentary interviews the last few members of Hitler's Nazi regime; most of them were willing to follow orders at the mass slaughtering of many Jews, some felt coerced or made against their will This is their chance to tell their side and take responsibility for all the travesties that occurred way back Director Luke Holland in 2008 embarked on a journey to track down the ones left from Hitler's Third Reich They had Hitler Youth Academy and the German Association for Girls at a young age educated to be leaders, engage in physical activities, ask no questions Many Jewish establishments like shops and synagogues were set ablaze and destroyed killing hundreds The Germans set up strict blockades in certain vicinities At the concentration camps the Jews rounded up were beaten, whipped, experimented on or shot, it wasn't just Auschwitz as other camps did much worse The ones who got manual labor were murdered during working hours without pay if they didn't immediately go into the gas chambers The Germans who were employed running things benefited from earning money making local businesses boom despite all of it being a crime against humanity Hard to watch at certain points hearing all the ones who oversaw the atrocities committed against millions of Jews during the Holocaust You wouldn't believe the gall some of the members of the Third Reich saying what Adolf Hitler stood for was just and not a crime against humanity It shouldn't matter if they had orders or were forced to do their duties, this point in history shook all of Europe and the rest of the world so badly It's true too, the only thing necessary for evil to win is when people stand by and do nothing A documentary that's hard but opens up more fractions of our history than what we read or hear
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A useful addition to WWII documentaries. The interviews shown were indeed brief, but that allows the director to include a wider range of people, and the questions and responses went directly to what happened, and who were perpetrators. It was direct. The majority frankly reported the events, and the crimes involved. Yet a few, even after all this time, refused to conclude that the dictatorship was wrong. These are first hand witnesses and participants in the society who lived under the dictatorship from 1933 to 1945. The lesson is that subservience to a nation state, under the lure of loyalty to a piece of land, (essentially dirt that is labeled homeland or motherland or fatherland) must not subvert democratic republics, the union of free people.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Interesting interview of Germans who observed and participated in Germany during WW11 of Hitler's reign of terror.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting documentary told from the German perspective. The only issue was that it jumped from person to person and then back again. It wasn't a smooth transition from person to person. Great to hear from actual men and women who were active in the Nazi party and propaganda machine.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Clearly a great deal of consideration went into the making of this film. The responses, some of which are chilling, are placed in context. Most of the participants were children growing up in Nazi Germany, and clearly fell under Hitlers sway. One former SS member movingly acknowledged shame when presenting to young skinheads. A movie not to be missed.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very sobering. The movie really delved into how and why young people got brainwashed into following Hitler and rationalized the atrocities they committed, some even defending what they did.