Hitler's Children (1943) Movie Script

This is the holy hour
of the Sonnenwende.
To the boys of Adolf Hitler.
This hour can have but one meaning.
At this hour when the
earth is closest to the sun.
When it's consecrating
itself to the sun.
We have only one thought.
We too must be close to our sun.
We too must consecrate
our lives to our sun.
And the sun that shines for us.
Is Adolf Hitler.
You will repeat after me the
oath of allegiance to our Fuhrer.
I consecrate my life to Hitler.
I consecrate my life to Hitler.
I am ready to sacrifice
my life for Hitler.
I am ready to sacrifice
my life for Hitler.
I am ready to die for Hitler.
I am ready to die for Hitler.
My saviour. My Fuhrer.
My saviour. My Fuhrer.
[ Professor Nichols: ]
"These are Hitler's children."
"It's a little hard to believe when
you see it for the first time."
"It was hard for me too."
"Because when I first saw
traces of it back in 1933."
"Berlin was still a
fairly pleasant place."
"True, there had been some
unpleasant moments."
"But on a nice spring day like this."
"You can tell yourself that many of
these disturbances were purely local."
"After all, the bands were
still playing in the parks."
"People could still laugh and smile."
"And the beer was wonderful."
"On a day like this."
"Even I can walk along and tell myself
that things would work out somehow."
"Yes. You can tell yourself
many things on a day like this."
Boys! Boys, stop this fighting.
Sam, get back in school. Go ahead.
Let go of me. Give me back
that bat. Give it back to me.
Heil Hitler.
- Heil Hitler.
I'm surprised at you.
They started it, Mr Nichols.
I knocked out a good three-bagger.
Stop it, boys. Stop this fighting.
Dr Schmidt.
Dr Schmidt.
- Yes, Professor Nichols?
I'm afraid someone may
be hurt if this keeps up.
Please call your boys off and
I'll do the same with mine.
Really, Professor Nichols.
Surely it's not my duty to interfere
with a popular demonstration?
A popular demonstration?
Very well. If you won't
step in I will have to.
You will stop this fighting
at once and fall in.
Sorry I had to steal
your stuff Dr Schmidt.
Forward march.
Alright, boys and girls.
Back into school. You've had
enough recreation for today.
I'd like my bat back if you don't mind.
Suppose I do mind?
If you boys insist on another
popular demonstration just say so.
Here is your bat.
- What is your name?
I don't give it to strangers.
"Well, that's how it all began."
"A boy, a girl and an argument."
"But it didn't end there
for either of them."
The so-called Polish corridor.
At Danzig.
We must observe, boys...
And remember.
We must let this humiliation
burn deep into our memories.
Germany was robbed in
the Treaty of Versailles.
By her enemies.
Robbed of land which has
always been and always will be.
Holy German soil.
But the day comes when our force of arms
recovers for us this Holy German soil.
Every inch of it.
And more.
Much more.
Tenfold more.
For, today we rule Germany.
Tomorrow we rule the world.
We shall rule because it's
our glorious destiny to rule.
We shall conquer as no nation can stand
before the flame of our righteous anger.
Nice shot.
[ School bell ]
Saved by the bell.
Anna, you are too good for me.
- I was just lucky.
Alright, boys. Geography class.
Let's step on it.
Gee, Nicky. Do we have to go inside?
Can't we study it just as well out here?
It wouldn't be any
trouble and it is spring.
Please Nicky, huh?
Alright. I know when I'm licked.
- Come on, fellahs.
But you had better be
good or inside we go.
We have not chosen to rule.
We have not voted to rule.
It's our birthright to rule.
It is as fixed and
unalterable as the fact...
That the lion in the jungle
rules by his courage.
His strength.
His heritage.
So you see, there is just so much
land no matter how you cut it up.
Which brings us to the question of...
Well, suppose you tell me.
I've done enough talking.
Well... suppose Germany
does need room to grow in?
Does that mean she can keep on
grabbing everything she wants forever?
No. But it certainly proves that your
old League Of Nations is through.
It never did work and it never will.
Is that so, professor?
Everybody had better unite pretty soon
or everybody goes under even sooner.
Or we could let everybody mind
his own business couldn't we?
No. That's where you're wrong.
The whole world is
everybody's business now.
And either we all take
care of it together...
Why do you think we'd be better at
running the world than the Germans?
Who said anything about
running the world?
And only the Germans stand above
this spawn of the servile races.
We shall avenge.
And avenge.
And if we're good soldiers.
We shall reap the
highest reward possible.
And what is that?
We shall win the true crown of
glory like the knights of old.
We shall die for Germany.
We shall rest forever on Holy German
soil as conquering heroes of the Fuhrer.
To die for Adolf Hitler
is to live for Germany.
Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
Detail. Halt.
You will report for party
duties immediately.
Do not linger.
Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
Forward. March.
"Yes. The party planned for everything
in the life of a good young Nazi."
"Everything except the moment
when a girl might play the piano."
"And a boy might be interested."
You shouldn't be seen over here.
What would Dr Schmidt say
and dear Mr Schicklgruber?
"Well, Anna was right."
"He had no time to waste on a pretty
Amerikaner while the Party waited."
"And yet there was
something about Anna."
"That made him feel like
smiling deep down inside."
"Oddly enough, it didn't improve the
relations between the two schools."
"In fact."
"Matters seem to get worse."
"Hardly a day went by without
a clash of some kind."
"I couldn't understand it
all until one afternoon."
Sorry to trouble you, Herr Professor.
We don't have First Aid at our school.
That is, we don't have as
much medicine as we might.
I mean...
- Of course.
Come in.
Sit down.
She plays very well.
For a girl.
Well, I'll get something for that cut.
You're not mad at the
piano too, are you?
You play very well... for a girl.
Is that Beethoven you are playing?
You could have ducked when I threw
that hockey stick. Why didn't you?
I used to play the piano once.
You're a funny one alright. Why are you
always fighting with us all the time?
I'm not fighting now.
Am I?
I cannot figure you out.
What are you doing here anyway?
I came because I like to hear you play.
More like you played the other day.
Like this?
Like that.
You know, sometimes you don't
sound like a German at all.
That could be. I was born in America.
Then you're an American?
No. I am a German, and I'm proud of it.
That is a strange coincidence.
I was born in Germany.
You were?
- Yes. But I am an American.
Proud of that too.
If you're an American, what
are you doing in Germany now?
My parents loved Germany.
They wanted me to love it too.
So they sent me here to live with
my grandparents for a while.
Mom and Dad are still in New York.
But how is it that you go
to this American school?
My parents wanted to be sure I
would come back an American.
Do you really want to be an American?
Want to be?
Listen, my friend. I am an American
and if you have any objections...
Don't you think we've broken
enough hockey sticks?
For one day I mean.
There you are, Karl.
Stay where you are.
By the way, Karl.
Did you ever read Charles
Lamb's essay on roast pig?
Roast pig?
- Yes.
Mr Lamb tells us that the ancient
Chinese were not allowed to eat pig.
One day Ho-Ti, a farmer.
Had a fire in his house.
And a pig was caught in it somewhere.
So the neighbours saw that each time he
rebuilt the house it burnt down again.
And always there was a pig
caught in it somewhere.
Evidently Ho-Ti liked roast pig.
That reminds me, Karl.
How would you like to go on
a picnic with us this Saturday?
A picnic?
- Yes.
Then you'd not have to burn
the house down quite so often.
"And so the street fights
stopped and the picnics began."
"About every other Saturday Karl
managed to slip away with us."
"And we all got to know
each other much better."
"In the lovely hill
country south of Berlin."
And so he dreamed all his life that
he might find the perfect moment.
And toward the end of his days
he summed up his dream like this:
'If the whole world I once
could see on free soil stand'.
'With the people free'.
'Then, to the moment might I say:'
'Linger a while'.
'So fair thou art'.
Gee, that's beautiful.
That would be a wonderful
moment, wouldn't it.
It's good poetry... but who would
want the whole world to be free?
It would never work.
The world has never had
a chance to try it, Karl.
But the dream is growing.
The same poet expressed
it in a simple line.
'And those who live for their faith'.
'Shall behold it living'.
Those who live for their faith.
Shall behold it living.
Nah. It's much too fanciful.
It almost put me to sleep.
A little splash of cold
water on my face and...
I'll prove to you whether that American
prophet of yours was just a dreamer.
But he's not an American, Karl.
It's by a German author named Goethe.
About a German hero named Faust.
Forgive me, Nicky. I'm a dunce.
I should be thrown in the brook.
Anything to oblige a guest.
Karl. Karl.
Anna. What's the matter? Where are you?
Over here, Karl. Quick.
Anna, what are you doing?
Help Karl, quick. Someone
tied the boy up and left him.
Leave him alone, Anna.
What are you saying?
I said leave him alone. It's none of our
business. You must come away quickly.
Are you crazy? Don't you
see this boy is in pain?
Listen to me Anna and try to understand.
I said this is none of our business.
Even the boy is trying to tell you.
Please comrade. Tie me up again
and put the gag back in my mouth.
It is only a game.
I was a spy and I was caught.
And this will teach me
not to get caught again.
But how long have you been here?
Only a few hours. It's nothing.
How old are you?
I am ten, Frulein.
And if I come through this test well I
shall be taken into the Jungvolk soon.
Thank you, comrade. And now if you
will be so good as to replace the gag.
Heil Hitler.
Anna. Anna, wait for me.
"That was the last we saw
of Karl for a long time."
"He was swept up in the storm."
"The storm that was sweeping
through all of Germany."
[ Hitler ]
"The German Reich."
"Does not prepare for war."
"The German Reich prepares for peace."
[ Newsreel ]
"October 1933."
"Germany withdraws from
League of Nations."
[ Hitler ]
"I assure France."
"That she need not fear."
"Now or ever for her national security."
[ Newsreel ]
"March 1936."
"Germany marches into the Rhineland."
[ Hitler ]
"But to you comrades, I say."
"With the return of the Rhineland."
"The German Reich has no
more territorial demands."
"To make upon you."
[ Newsreel ]
"March 1938."
"Germany marches into Austria."
[ Hitler ]
"We come to Austria not as tyrants."
"But as liberators."
[ Newsreel ]
"October 1938."
"Germany marches into Czechoslovakia."
[ Hitler ]
"We give to Czechoslovakia."
"The hand of fellowship."
"We assure the world,
peace in our time."
[ Newsreel ]
"May 1939."
"Germany signs military and
political alliance with Italy."
"Germany makes demands on Poland."
[ Hitler ]
"We have no quarrel with England."
"We have no quarrel with France."
"We are a new Germany."
"And we shall bring to the world."
"A new order!"
[ Nichols ]
"A new order of things was underway."
"The fires of freedom
were burning lower."
"But although things grew
more tense all around us."
"At the American school
the fires are banked high."
"It is memorial day."
"And we all gathered to celebrate it."
"That is Anna you're looking at now."
"She's all of twenty and the
best assistant I ever had."
That this nation under God.
Shall have a new birth of freedom.
And the government of the people...
By the people.
For the people.
Shall not perish from the earth.
"My country, 'tis of thee."
"Sweet land of liberty."
"Of thee I sing."
"Land where my fathers died."
"Land of the pilgrim's pride."
The singing will stop at once.
Shush them.
Professor Nichols.
What seems to be the trouble, Sergeant?
The Ministry of Education requires the
instant dismissal from your school...
Of all Poles, all Jews, all Lithuanians
and all persons of German blood.
This is an American school, Sergeant.
We accept anyone who comes...
- I know nothing about that.
Those whose names I read will
fall out at once in the centre.
Klein. Sara.
Kolvak. Martin.
Rocheck, Stephan.
Horowitz, Morris.
Mller. Anna.
Mller. Anna.
My name is Miller. I am a Miller.
But I'm not a student.
I am a teacher here.
Do you live with Mr and Mrs
Max Mller, Knigstrasse 137?
Of course. They're my grandparents.
They're German but I'm an American.
- Nevertheless, you must fall out too.
Sergeant. Miss Miller is an
American citizen. I refuse...
I have my orders. If you've objections
take them up with the Lieutenant.
Very well. Where do I
find the Lieutenant?
Follow me. You too.
Schnell. Schnell.
I demand to know by what authority these
students are being removed from school.
By the authority of the Gestapo.
Is that sufficient?
Not in an American school.
The orders do not concern Americans
but only Jews, Poles and Lithuanians.
We are also removing all persons
of German blood immediately.
There are no Germans in this school.
You employ Frulein Anna Mueller here.
Karl Bruner, don't you remember us?
The German Reich decides where and how
Germans can best employ their abilities.
There must be some mistake, Lieutenant.
I am an American.
You were born in Germany, Frulein?
Your parents were also born in Germany?
The record is quite clear, Frulein.
We shall be pleased to look upon you
as a citizen of the German Reich.
Aren't you again overlooking the
fact that this girl is American?
Her parents became citizens
of the United States.
She's here on an American passport.
- You are in Germany under German law.
Whoever is born in Germany is a citizen
of the Reich while on German soil.
That's rather new
and arbitrary isn't it?
The professor implies it is not an honor
to be a citizen of the German Reich?
It's undoubtedly a great honor.
For Germans.
But the American embassy may have
another opinion about Americans.
You may do as you wish
about that, Herr Professor.
You will bring Frulein Mller with you.
Please, Nicky.
- You will come with me.
Don't worry, Anna. I'll straighten out.
I'll go down to the embassy immediately.
But surely, under international law.
There is very little law being
recognised here, Professor.
Other than the laws of Hitler.
I've got to find some way
of helping that girl.
I've got to.
We will protest again to
the German government.
But I'm afraid I must warn
you not to expect too much.
"It was difficult to know
where to turn now."
"But I couldn't stop."
"I tried to reach Anna by mail."
"Over and over again."
"I called on friends."
"Party officials."
"Then, in desperation it came to me that
Anna's grandparents may know something."
It is Professor Nichols, Mr Mller.
Don't you remember me?
Yes, but please go away, Nichols.
We do not know anything.
Mr Mller, I must find out
something about Anna.
Please. Not so loud, Herr Nichols.
I beg you.
It's better if no-one sees us talking.
You have got to tell me what you know.
Well, she came here that afternoon
for some things and...
Then they took her away.
She said she would be alright.
She said we should not worry.
I'm trying to find out where she is.
I want to do something about her.
Do something?
What can anyone do?
Well, at least you
have the right to ask.
No. No.
One must never ask questions.
Mr and Mrs Rumann down the street.
They asked some questions about
their grandson. He was in the army.
They took the Rumanns away.
They said they were sick.
Very sick.
They never came back.
They... they said they died in hospital.
But I know.
They put them to sleep in the hospital.
- Mama.
They put them to sleep with gas!
- Mama, Mama.
They murdered them
because they were too old.
Mama, Mama.
"It was the same wherever I turned."
"Some terrible dread that froze
people wherever they stood."
"I thought I had exhausted
every possibility."
"Then I remembered Franz."
"Franz Erhart."
"If anybody could help me I
was sure it would be Franz."
"A brilliant courageous journalist
who was respected by all."
"He was in touch with everybody and
everything that happened in Germany."
"Yes. Franz would help me."
Nicky. Well, this is a fine surprise.
Franz, I've got to speak to you
about something. It's important.
Oh, please.
If you don't mind.
I think it's better we talk out here.
My boys are home this morning.
Two fine boys.
But what they don't know they
don't tell their troop leader.
You mean you can't talk in your own
house in front of your own children?
Why of course I can, my friend.
Who said I couldn't?
I merely said it was wiser not to.
Well, my friend. What can I do for you?
I'm in trouble.
They've taken Anna away.
- Well now, who took her away?
The Gestapo.
Sorry, my friend.
I can do nothing for you.
We can't let a girl disappear
without doing something.
Good morning, nurse.
- Good morning Herr Erhart.
Good morning, boys. Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
Observe how carefully the state takes
care of even the janitor's children.
Well, Hans. What do you want
to be when you grow up?
I shall be a leader of stormtroopers.
And you, Fritz?
I'm going to be a flyer. I shall drop
bombs on Germany's enemies.
Very good. All is well here.
- Yes?
Things are so difficult.
My husband works so hard and earns
so little. We have so many debts.
There, there. You have
nothing to worry about.
Remember, Frau Lenner.
When you have your fifth child
you won't owe the state anything.
You won't have to pay back the money
the state loaned you to get married on.
The debt will be
automatically cancelled.
Heil Hitler.
- Heil Hitler.
Poor Mrs Lenner.
My friend, if you think
what you've just seen...
And the fact that I can't even
talk in my own house is unusual.
It is happening in every house
and every street in Germany.
And my friend, it's only child's play.
That is no pun.
It is only child's play to
what is about to happen.
Franz, how can you stand it? You of all
people. How can you be so complacent?
My friend, you can get off a train
before it starts or after it stops.
But while it's in motion
I wouldn't advise it.
You mean you pretend to believe in
this and go on writing in praise of it?
What would you have me do?
I wouldn't make a very good hero.
I don't even make a good Nazi.
They don't approve of me either.
But I don't suppose you'll help me.
Help you, my friend?
I cannot even help myself.
In such cases they usually send the
girls to the Labor Camp at Rheinsberg.
Is it a prison?
- A prison?
Oh no.
It's an honor for German boys
and girls to go to Labor Camps.
To build themselves to be fit for
their duties as soldiers and mothers.
I shouldn't be too hard to arrange an
escape. I might get her out of Germany.
My friend, that would be a
very unwise thing to attempt.
Can I get permission to visit the camp?
- You couldn't.
Well, an American schoolteacher.
It's possible he may get permission
from the Ministry of Education...
To make a tour of the camps.
Thanks, Franz.
- Yah.
I'll take up the matter with the
various departments, Professor Nichols.
You know, Professor Nichols.
Not many foreign educators
seem interested in our methods.
Perhaps they're afraid
they might approve.
Well, I'm sure after reading
your book on the subject.
They'll form a different impression.
Thank you very much, Professor Nichols.
Good morning, Colonel.
Colonel. May I see you a moment?
Colonel Henkel,
I present Professor Nichols.
How do you do?
The Colonel is from the Gestapo
but he's an educator too.
A Rhodes Scholar. Oxford.
And the Colonel's aide,
Lieutenant Bruner.
Do you know each other?
- Yes, sir.
I had charge of a detail that removed
foreigners from the American school.
Yes, of course.
The Professor is eager to gain
permission to visit our Labor Camps.
He's interested in studying
our new education methods.
I must say Professor, I admire
the spirit of your enquiry.
I sometimes think it would be
interesting to go back to Oxford.
For a similar investigation.
There would be so many surprises
in store for my English friends.
I'm sure there would.
- Since the Colonel seems to approve...
I'm sure we'll have permission for
you within a few days, Professor.
Thank you, gentlemen.
Coming, Karl?
Professor Nichols.
- You'll come with me.
One minute, officer.
What's this all about?
You will come with me.
You will tell Dr Graf and Colonel Henkel
that you've changed your mind about...
Your educational tour.
I know you're searching for Anna.
You must give it up.
Do you understand?
- No. I don't understand.
There are death penalties for many acts
against the German Reich, Professor.
I didn't know you were
interested in my health.
I'm not, I assure you.
I was merely thinking of Anna's welfare.
You certainly proved that when
you sent her to a Labor Camp.
A girl who never did anything
physically harder than play a piano.
She's not in the Labor Battalions.
Through my influence she was able
to get a position of trust on the staff.
So that's why you didn't
expose me to Colonel Henkel.
Leave Colonel Henkel out of this.
It's surprising to know that
a good Gestapo officer...
Is interested in a girl
who believes in freedom.
It may surprise you to know that Anna's
attitude to the new Germany is changing.
And you're afraid I may re-infect
her with my American ideas?
I have no fear of that.
Blood calls to blood.
And German blood runs deep.
But if you persist in this search you
simply endanger her position and yours.
And perhaps yours?
I warn you, Professor Nichols.
- It's no use, Karl.
I won't give up this search and I won't
believe what you say until I see her.
And I don't care what the penalties are.
Suppose I can prove to you that she's
happy and well off where she is now?
If you could prove it. Yes.
Good afternoon, Herr Lieutenant.
- Afternoon, Frau Weigele.
Professor Nichols of
the American school.
How do you do?
We wish to be shown the camp.
- Of course, Lieutenant.
With Frulein Mller as our guide?
We shall be honored.
She's one of our best girls.
Anna Mller.
You know Lieutenant Bruner of course.
This is Professor Nichols of
the American Colony school.
How do you do, Professor.
The Lieutenant requests you show him
and Professor Nichols round the camp.
I shall be glad to. If you
will come this way please.
Lieutenant Bruner.
How nice to see you.
Good afternoon, Matron.
I've been trying to find you for months.
- Nicky, it's so wonderful to see you.
I've got to talk quickly. I'm arranging
plans for your escape from here.
We get you out of Germany
through the underground.
No Nicky. We can't think of it.
Don't worry, Anna. We planned it
carefully. There isn't any danger.
But you don't understand.
I want to be here.
Anna, you're playing a game.
It isn't necessary.
I understand.
I'm not afraid of the risk.
I'm quite happy here.
I'm just beginning to realize...
If you will both follow me please.
Finally, Professor.
This is the Rest Home.
Here the girls receive the finest
attention the state can provide.
Despite foreign propaganda.
You can see that these
Labor Camps are not prisons.
There are no walls.
You mean these girls
are here voluntarily?
They are drafted to serve
just as men are in the army.
And they serve just as proudly.
- You will observe, Professor.
The Rest Home contrasts considerably
with the other sections of the camp.
As you have seen they
work hard and live simply.
To fit them for their
duties to the state.
The only recreation provided
is the Saturday night dance.
There, lovers may meet.
And decide to share the experience
that makes them worthy of the Fuhrer.
When the girls come here...
Nothing is considered too good for those
whose children will belong to the state.
Even if they're illegitimate?
- Does that shock you, Professor?
We've put aside these old superstitions.
The girls of the new Germany are
proud to rear their children for Hitler.
Does the state also offer them the
alternative of a home and a husband?
Perhaps talking to one of the
girls will answer that, Professor.
Magda, this is Lieutenant
Bruner and Professor Nichols.
Heil Hitler.
- Heil Hitler.
Do you feel you'd rather have a husband
and a home than what you have here?
Why should I?
I shall have a child for the
state and for the Fuhrer.
Isn't that much nobler than having a
child just for a home and a husband?
Aren't you afraid?
Do you know what I'm hoping?
I hope I shall have much
pain when my baby is born.
I want to feel that I'm going
through a real ordeal.
For our Fuhrer.
The state is very
proud of you, Frulein.
Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
We've lost Professor Nichols.
We have lost Nicky.
I can't tell you how glad I am to see
you begin to understand our way of life.
Thank you, Herr Lieutenant.
And now I must return to my work.
Wait a minute.
I have something to tell you.
Because of the fine
reports on your work here.
I recommended you for special study in
geopolitics at the university in Berlin.
It is a very great honor, Anna.
It will bring us closer to each other.
You must withdraw your
recommendation at once.
Because I hate everything
this place stands for.
I lied to Nicky.
Because there is no way out for me.
And I won't have him
killed trying to find one.
I don't believe you.
You are a German.
If you give our way
of living a fair chance...
I can't give evil and
rottenness a fair chance.
You don't know what you say, Anna.
- Yes I do.
I'm saying that there is no choice
between my world and yours.
You're upset and disturbed
because of seeing Nicky again.
You've done your work well
because you are a German.
And slowly.
Even the things you didn't understand
at first are becoming clear to you.
I did my work because
there was no fighting it.
But I warn you. I would
rather die than do as you ask.
It is too late to withdraw
the recommendation now.
You will be called to the
Ministry of Education any day.
I know you won't be foolish
enough to refuse the offer.
It would be dangerous for both of us.
Frulein Mller, this is a
rare opportunity for you.
Not every girl is invited to study
geopolitics at the university.
Thank you, doctor.
And with your training
and education, well...
Someday you might even
be sent back to America.
As an espionage agent, Dr Graf?
No, Frulein. As an
ambassador of culture.
An ambassador of world culture.
Unfortunately, Dr Graf,
I must decline the honor.
What did you say, Frulein Mller?
I said I don't want any part of the
diseased new world you plan for mankind.
And I'm not afraid to die to prove it.
Frulein Mller.
Who said anything about dying, Frulein?
Let me assure you the choice is no
longer between life and death.
Dying my dear Frulein
is a luxury these days.
We must all live and work.
And for those who will
not work with a brain.
We will find duties
to fit their capacity.
Keep this woman in custody until
we give you further instructions.
This young lady was allowed to come far
for a person harboring such thoughts.
She was recommended and vouched
for by your protg, Lieutenant Bruner.
Send in Lieutenant Bruner.
He must be removed at once.
Colonel Henkel.
My dear Graf, when will you learn that
we must stop purging our best people?
Do you think a man who recommends that
type of woman for a position of trust...
Our 'best people'?
- All men make mistakes.
Especially young men.
I dare say even you
and I have made some.
I feel it as much my job to save them
from their mistakes and from themselves.
Your attitude is inviting
trouble, Henkel.
Inviting trouble?
Your fears are so typical of
the old-line Party men, Graf.
You seem to forget that the usefulness
of the street corner hoodlum...
Went after we achieved power.
I wish you would diminish your
admiration for brute violence.
If the party is to survive,
intelligent young men will be needed.
Do you consider what he
did an act of intelligence?
Alright, Perhaps not. But certainly
not reason enough to disqualify him.
Suppose he does care for this girl.
We Nazis are not opposed
to such relationships.
My only question is.
Will he put his interest in this
girl before his duty to the state?
It's too dangerous to risk
waiting for an answer.
[ Door knocks ]
Heil Hitler.
Herr Karl.
You recommended a girl...
Named Anna Mller.
For work at the university.
Yes, Herr Colonel.
I suppose you...
Looked into her background carefully?
Yes, Herr Colonel.
She was born in Germany.
Though she has lived in America.
Her work at Rheinsberg
was considered excellent.
She is regarded as a German.
Therefore, there was no reason for
not advancing her as a German.
That's sound enough.
The young lady only a few moments ago...
Committed an act of treason
against the state. In this office.
I allowed a moment of
sentiment to misguide me, sir.
I knew her as a young girl.
We went to neighboring schools.
I regret it, sir.
What do you think we
should do about her?
There is no alternative. She must
be sent to a concentration camp.
I don't think such severity
will be necessary.
Perhaps a year on a Labor Corps
will work out these silly notions.
As you wish, Herr Colonel.
That will be all, Karl.
Well, Graf?
I still warn you it would be
safer not to experiment.
Henkel speaking.
You have a young lady named Anna Mller.
She's being held in custody.
You will transfer her from the staff
to the Labor Corps at Rheinsberg.
And I want a daily confidential
report on her behaviour.
Her behaviour is
becoming steadily worse.
She's a dangerous agitator and no
corrective measures seem effective.
Alright. Thank you, Frau Ritter.
Yes. If you will please.
[ Door knocks ]
Good morning, Karl.
Good morning, sir.
I have good news.
Because of your fine work on the Tagler
case I've approved a Captaincy for you.
Thank you, Colonel.
My only hope is to prove
myself worthy of the honor.
I have no fear of that.
Thank you, sir.
Ours is a most important calling, Karl.
The Gestapo is judge, jury and
prosecutor all rolled into one.
And only the best minds should be
permitted to administer such power.
Men of great strength of character.
Men to whom there is
no other consideration.
Than their duty to the state.
That is why I've sponsored you, Karl.
Thank you, sir.
By the way.
Have you received any reports
on the camp at Rheinsberg?
Yes. I asked the
superintendent there to...
Report to me regarding the
behaviour of the Mller girl.
I thought it might be
interesting to follow the case.
Oh, of course. Forgive me, Colonel.
They have been coming in regularly
with all the rest of the reports.
I didn't want to bother
you as you're so busy.
Thank you.
Ordinarily, that may be the case.
But I've a special report on the camps
to make for the Ministry of Education.
Which reminds me.
You remember Professor Nichols?
Of the American Colony school?
- Yes, sir.
Well, Graf and I have decided to let
him make a tour of our institution.
I rather liked the chap.
I thought I would show him
one or two places personally.
Wouldn't you like to come along?
- I should be honored, sir.
He's waiting in my office. Come on.
This, Professor, is a
most unusual clinic.
In fact, the most unusual.
One of the finest of
its kind in the world.
You are observing what's probably the
most progressive medical advance...
Ever attempted by any government.
What do you mean, Colonel?
Didn't I tell you?
All these patients are women.
Women who are unfit to have children.
They are being sterilised.
May I ask why?
Yes, of course, Professor.
We're building a new Germany.
A strong Germany.
There is no room for the sick
and the weak and the unstable.
Who decides that?
We have courts.
Special courts.
It is all very legal I assure you.
Prepare another hypo.
Of course, although the majority of our
cases are the weak and the unstable...
Our doctors operate for a
number of other reasons.
Would you believe it, Professor.
They range from eliminating
hereditary color blindness...
To dangerous political thinking.
In political cases it makes
the woman much quieter.
More reasonable.
It is sometimes much kinder than putting
a woman in a concentration camp.
You are barbarians aren't you.
Even the Rhodes Scholars among you.
Well, the Professor has
voluntarily ended his tour.
He's fortunate I spared him the news
that I was referring to the Mller girl.
She was one of his students, wasn't she?
Yes, Colonel.
What would you do about
her if you were in my place?
If I were you, Herr Colonel.
I should do exactly what you will do.
Good boy.
Shall we run along?
If you don't mind, Herr Colonel.
I should like to watch
for a little while longer.
I'll see you at the ministry.
Let go of me. Do you hear?
- Quiet, you little fool.
What are you doing here?
I came to warn you that you
are in great danger, Anna.
Oh, Karl.
I don't care anymore.
I don't care.
They can't do anything
more to me that I fear.
They can, believe me.
You must write Colonel Henkel at once.
Say you made a grave mistake.
No, Karl.
Say you're eager to serve your country.
- It's not my country. It never will be.
Be sensible, Anna.
Ask for another chance.
You will fight a storm
that can overwhelm you.
You have got to ride with it.
As far as it goes.
Is that what you've done, Karl?
Please, Anna.
There is no time left for
discussing ideologies.
You must do what I ask you now.
Or you will be treated as a
dangerous political enemy.
I've told you, Karl.
I can't be frightened anymore.
But you don't know what that means.
I was at the Frauenklinik clinic today.
I saw what happened to others.
I was told it would happen to you.
You will be operated on so you cannot
pass your crime on to other generations.
My crime?
No, Karl.
Even that holds no terror for me now.
It's a choice between having a baby by
a boy from the camp down the road or...
My darling.
My darling Anna.
I love you so much.
I love you too, Karl.
But it's too late.
It was too late when it began.
No, darling.
We must only think that
we love each other.
Oh, Karl.
Do you remember?
It was so long ago.
'If the whole world I once could see'.
'On free soil stand
with the people free'.
'Then, to the moment might I say:'
'Linger awhile'.
'So fair thou art'.
I cannot let them hurt you.
- There is no other way.
There is one. It would protect
you and it would satisfy them.
The most they demand is that
you have a child for the state.
They never enquire who the father is.
- Karl.
We love each other, darling.
I can't marry you now. It is impossible.
But later perhaps, when things work out.
- Don't you see how wrong that is?
How deceitful?
I only see that I love you, Anna.
But it wouldn't be our child.
It would be Hitler's.
Just another child to die for the state.
- Please, Anna.
That's part of the confusion
that we mustn't think about.
Each generation must
look out for itself.
No, Karl. That is where you're wrong.
That's where you and Hitler, Goering and
Goebbels and all the rest are wrong.
Each generation must look after
the generation that comes after it.
If our fathers and their fathers
before them hadn't all hoped a little.
Dreamed a little.
And worked for the ones
that came after them.
Why, we would still
be a pack of savages.
That's the world you're
working for, Karl.
That is the world I won't
bring a baby into.
I won't give in to them.
And my son and his son won't either.
I won't Karl. I won't.
I won't.
My dear good people.
I shall not speak to you this morning
upon the Gospel for today.
For the day of the Gospel
must speak for itself.
And I shall speak instead.
Upon a very different gospel.
The gospel according to Adolf Hitler.
For the time has come, my friends.
When you must choose once and for all.
Between the Gospel of Christ.
And the gospel of Hitler.
There can be no compromise
between what is right...
And what is wrong.
For might does not make right.
Not even if it be German might.
For there is not one set
of rules for Germans...
And another set of rules
for the rest of the world.
The rules are the same for
everyone the world over.
We must love the Lord our God.
With our whole heart and
with our whole soul.
And our neighbor as our self.
Now... more than ever before.
We, who believe that
the good life is eternal.
That the grave is not the end.
We must face the issue. Clearly.
We solve nothing by
running away from it.
We must think what we live.
And live what we think.
And if to do that, is to die...
There is a girl hiding here.
You will please dismiss your
congregation at once.
We will stand guard at the
doors as they go out.
You up there. Do you hear me?
Tell these people to go home.
And so my dear friends.
If to live what I think...
Is to die for what I think.
Why, then I say let me die.
While I am still proud.
I am a German.
Ex Probis.
Well Anna Mller, who helped
you escape from camp?
No-one helped me escape from camp.
Who helped you go from
the camp to the church?
No-one helped me from
the camp to the church.
I... I just got a ride, that's all.
With whom?
- I don't know.
A farmer. I never saw him before.
He didn't even know I was in his wagon.
Why did you take refuge
in the cathedral?
Are you catholic?
- No, I am not.
Why did you go there of all places?
Were you to meet someone there?
Did someone promise to get
you out of the country perhaps?
I advise you to tell us all you know.
- Please, Major Koepel.
I assure you this young woman
and I have never met before.
A likely story.
I tell you Major, this bishop is no
better than the rest of the traitors.
Even as we looked for
the girl in his church...
He was denouncing the
Fuhrer from the pulpit.
Do you deny this, Bishop?
I have always denounced the Fuhrer.
He will bring no good to Germany.
But I'm not party to any
conspiracy, gentlemen.
Whatever I may say or whatever I may do.
Is said and done in the open.
Please, you must believe him.
I did go to his church to hide.
But it was my own idea.
When I saw others might
be hurt because of me...
I surrendered.
[ Telephone ]
Yes, Colonel Henpeck.
Yes. She was apprehended
a few hours ago.
Good work, Major.
We must make an example of her.
That is a splendid idea.
I'll send Captain Bruner
down to represent me.
Oh yes, of course.
Heil Hitler.
Anna Mller.
You've given us a great deal of trouble.
Ordinarily you would be kept in solitary
confinement for an indefinite period.
But under all the circumstances some
different discipline is clearly needed.
Tomorrow morning you'll receive ten
lashes witnessed by the entire camp.
Major, Captain. I do not know this girl.
But I must protest for her as I
would for one of my own people.
Has it come to this?
You now whip women as well as men to
create the new order in the new Germany?
And after the ten lashes.
Special treatment at the
Frauenklinik clinic in Berlin.
Courage, child.
They are only trying to frighten you.
I'm not afraid.
I remember what you said.
There are some things
one cannot run away from.
God bless you.
God keep you.
Is there nothing you
madmen will stop at?
I bow my head in shame that any man who
calls himself a German can beat a woman.
But this.
This 'Frauenklinik clinic'
as you call it.
Is the supreme blasphemy of all.
How dare you.
How dare you take away that
which is not yours to take.
Before God, we are all free, Major.
We have certain rights
which are inalienable.
Certain rights which were
never given to us by the state.
Tell me Major, who made you?
Who gave you the breath of life itself?
Was it the state or was it
something mightier than the state?
You cannot trick me with your questions.
If I must choose between Christianity or
the state, I'm glad to choose the state.
Christianity had its chance and failed.
When the time is right we
will break with it completely.
Once and for all.
No wonder you take away
the breath of life so readily.
The breath of death is already upon you.
That is enough. You may go now, Bishop.
Just one question more, Major.
If you whip that poor
unfortunate girl...
Why do you not whip me?
Is it perhaps that you're afraid?
Afraid that the people who listen to
me may someday rise up against you.
No. We're not afraid.
But there's no need to make a
martyr of you before your time.
Besides, when the work of
National Socialism is finished.
There will be no-one in the
churches for the clergy to talk to.
Except themselves.
Good morning.
What a pity barbarians have
so little time for history.
Tell me Major, have you
ever heard of Attila?
Attila the Hun?
The infamous leader of the Huns
who murdered his own brother Bleda.
Who swept with fire and sword.
Through Asia and Europe.
Who ruled with bloody hands.
This very land we now call Germany.
Attila and his barbarians have gone.
But the church remains.
The church remains, Major.
It is eternal.
It's the will of God.
No man can change it.
And now I shall go and
offer a special prayer.
For our speedy destruction.
At the hands of our enemies.
Heil Hitler.
- Heil Hitler.
- No matter what happens now.
Remember I love you.
I'll always love you.
Karl. Karl.
I don't care what happens to me now.
You know this is the end for both of us.
- I don't care. I'm not afraid. Not now.
And just once.
While there is still time.
I want to tell you I was wrong, Anna.
Horribly wrong.
- It doesn't matter.
Just once again.
I want to tell you how
very much I love you.
All the time.
This isn't the moment one would choose.
- But...
But to the moment, might I say...
Linger awhile.
So fair thou art.
Franz, what have you found out?
Germany and Italy have
signed a military alliance.
No. I mean about Karl and Anna.
- You will see.
In the fall when the crops are in.
War. It has all been arranged.
They will have to die of course.
Is there a way to get them out? If we
get shot at the border it'd be better...
Now, now, my friend.
We wouldn't have a chance.
They are a valuable property
of the New Order now.
And will be guarded as such.
- What do you mean?
Captain Bruner has repented
his sin against the state.
I don't believe it.
- Yes, it is true.
And Colonel Henkel is very pleased.
He will be able to make
capital from his mistake.
He will give his protg a fine trial.
Where Karl will beg the youth of
Germany not to follow his example.
I know that boy is not a Nazi at heart.
No, It will be a fine trial
broadcast all over the country.
And at a good hour too,
when everyone can hear it.
Then they will give him a fine
funeral with military honors.
Why should he recant to
cover up for Colonel Henkel?
If he has to die anyhow.
You Americans will never understand us.
Maybe it's the will to obey
that is in us Germans.
How easy to march in
step once you are started.
Can you hear me?
I have nothing to say to you, Anna.
What have they done to you?
I don't care what happens to
me as long as you love me.
Karl... if you ever stopped loving me.
I would be afraid. Really afraid.
I'm sorry, Anna.
"I lost my head."
"I didn't know what I was doing."
"I cursed the day I ever met you."
Well, Major?
I don't know, Colonel.
Remember, he fooled you once before.
Well, Dr Graf.
Does he hate her?
Or is he trying to fool us?
Pardon, Herr Colonel.
I don't understand.
I thought it was we who were
giving him the third degree.
If you really loved
the girl like that...
What would you do?
If I loved a girl and there were
just a few hours left for both of us.
I surely would tell her I loved her.
- Hmm.
But you offer him such
big sticks, Colonel.
Not only do you award him a military
funeral of a patriot of Germany.
But a nationwide
broadcast of the trial itself.
Now is that necessary?
- Yes, quite necessary.
Please, Colonel. Perhaps you
can remember that I warned...
Yes. I remember.
Then it must not be broadcast.
Would not a transcription do as well?
No. A transcription will not do as well.
People no longer believe
our transcriptions.
The memory of this betrayal.
Must be wiped away by a real tremendous
demonstration for the youth of Germany.
Something un-staged.
Something with the
undying ring of truth in it.
It's no use, Franz.
I couldn't keep my mind on it.
Yeah, yeah. That's alright.
The trial is about to start.
Aren't you going?
- I have seen too many trials.
This one we'll listen to.
[ Door knocks ]
Professor Nichols?
- Yes.
You're very fortunate, Professor.
We were able to secure space
for you on the Paris plane.
I wasn't aware I was leaving.
- Yes you are, Professor.
The plane takes off in about an hour.
You should be able to make
it if you pack in a hurry.
Suppose I don't? Suppose I...
A warrant for your arrest as
an accessory to treason...
Will be issued in the morning.
No, no my friend. Softly.
Someone should survive.
Survive to report.
For those who can report no longer.
Come... I'll help you pack.
Put those on the Paris plane, porter.
- Jawohl.
Fife minutes to spare.
Can they take off in this fog?
- Oh yeah, they take off alright.
It will be difficult to land
in this weather, but...
The air will be clearer in
Paris for a while anyway.
[ Tannoy ]
"Today, all over Germany by permission
of the Ministry of Propaganda."
"We bring you the trial
of Captain Karl Bruner."
"And Anna Mller."
The prisoner Captain Bruner will be
permitted to make an opening statement.
Then, Karl Bruner.
You have a right to make an
opening statement if you wish.
Have you anything to say for yourself?
I speak today.
Not for myself.
But for the youth of Germany.
I speak as one who has
learned a great lesson.
Our Fuhrer.
Our beloved Fuhrer.
Has often said that the
future belongs to youth.
And that the youth belong to the future.
And I know how true that is.
I beg you all to be
warned by my example.
"I thought for a while that
it would be fun to be free."
To do just as I wished.
I was willing to serve the Reich.
But I was not willing to
obey it in all things.
Some things I wanted
to decide for myself.
Some things I said were
no business of the Reich.
In some things I put my
will above that of the Fuhrer.
From all this I've
learned a great lesson.
And the lesson in the words
of a German poet is this:
'Those who live for their faith'.
'Shall behold it living'.
"And my faith, my friends."
"Is the faith of the great Goethe."
'If the whole world I once could see'.
'On free soil stand'.
'With the people free'.
'Then, to the moment might I say:'
'Linger awhile'.
'So fair thou art'.
'So fair thou art'.
To the youth of Germany then I say:
This is my lesson.
This is the lesson of life.
This is not the lesson you're
learning in Germany today.
You're not learning the lesson of life.
Your education is an
education for death.
You don't know how to live from day to
day but how to die from day to day.
For to live is to be free.
You no longer wish to be free.
Have you any idea my friends
what it's like to be free?
Well, I'll tell you for
I was a free man once.
And once you've tasted freedom.
Nobody can take it away from you.
It's like a breath of fresh
air that lasts to eternity.
Long live the enemies of Nazi Germany.
[ Gunshot! ]
[ Gunshot! ]
You know, my friend.
I had a dream last night.
It was all about Napoleon and Beethoven.
Please, Franz.
- No. It was a good dream.
Napoleon was writing lots of speeches.
Speeches about war and fighting.
And at the same time Beethoven
was writing lots of music.
And then the dream changed
and they were dead.
And many years passed.
And you know what, my friend?
The whole world was still playing
and listening to Beethoven's music.
But I didn't hear anybody
reciting Napoleon's speeches.
How do you explain that, my friend?
Can it be possible there are some
things which outlast dictators?
[ Tannoy ]
"Der Flug nach Hanover
und Paris ist startbereit."
"Abreise bitte."
Goodbye Franz.
- Yah, yah.
"I know what you're thinking."
"You are saying to yourself..."
"Franz isn't very much of a hero to
carry on where Karl and Anna left off."
"Maybe you are right."
"But if he isn't as much a
hero as he ought to be."
"He isn't as much of a coward
as he used to be either."
"That night as I left Germany I thought
lots of things weren't quite the same."
"True. The fires were
still burning in the hills."
"And Hitler's children were
still swearing to die for him."
"But to me, the fires didn't
seem to burn so brightly."
"And the voices didn't
come up quite so bravely."
"And perhaps, all over Germany people
were beginning to ask themselves..."
"The same question you must ask
yourself tonight as you go home."
"Can we stop Hitler's children..."
"Before it's too late?"
"Well, you and I at least know
the answer to that question."
"So long as we have boys
like Karl and girls like Anna."
"The light will always
outshine the dark."
"For, as the prophets
of old used to say: "
"The memory of virtue is immortal."
"And we have a long, long memory."