TV Movie | Not Rated | | Drama, War
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 ... See full summary »
Commentators and critics of the film have often remarked that it is unclear exactly what Helmutt Hoffman's job is in the SS, apart from delivering things to his superiors for signature, and in only one instance is anyone actually seen working for him. Based on the dialogue, however, Hoffmann appears to be part of the SD Special Purpose Staff which was known as "Amt z.b.V. Besonderen Verwendung"
Who's that bizarre character?
At the very end of the film, Helmutt meets his brother Karl in a Berlin bar. Karl says, "Bring my friend the Hauptsturmführer a large schnapps!" At this point in the movie, Helmutt holds the SS rank of Oberführer, not Hauptsturmführer.
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.