The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins
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Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.
17 February 1985 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Hitler SS: El retrato del mal
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
When Reinhard Heydrich leaves Berlin to take up a new posting as Nazi Governor of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia), a scene follows where Helmut Hoffmann is told "You'd better hope Himmler has a job for you, or you'll find yourself fighting Russians." This is in reference to the practice of the SS where General-SS members, without active assignments, would transfer to the Waffen-SS as military reservists. Interestingly, in the subsequent scene set a year later after Heydrich's assassination, Helmut is shown wearing a Waffen-SS tunic complete with combat and service awards from the Eastern Front, thus implying that he *did* find himself fighting Russians. See more
The film strongly implies that, in order to ensure secrecy regarding the Gleiwitz raid which served as a catalyst for World War II, that the SS officers organizing this incident were killed to ensure their silence. No record exists of any SS officer being murdered to protect this war secret, and the SS man in charge of the raid (Alfred Naujocks) survived the war and lived until 1966 when he died of natural causes. See more
Tell me, Hoffmann, have you been doing anything reprehensible lately?
Not that I'm aware of.
Well, if you had, you certainly would be aware of it, wouldn't you?
The DVD version of the film omits the entire first part of the feature, substituting the 1931 - 1939 scenes with a quick summary at the start of the film, then begins with the invasion of Poland in 1939. See more
Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives See more