R | | Biography, Drama, History
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
The scene of Albert Speer's last interview with Adolf Hitler reflects the account in Speer's published autobiography (Speer confesses to disobeying Hitler's "Nero Decree" in order to save German resources and lives, and Hitler weeps at the betrayal). Historian Gitta Sereny has however argued that Speer's account is itself inaccurate, since in the first draft of his memoir he does not mention his confession and Hitler's response. Speer escaped a death sentence at the Nuremberg Trials after claiming not to have known of the Holocaust, and research after his death has proved this claim untrue.
I've got the feeling that I should be angry with this child, this young and oblivious girl. Or that I'm not allowed to forgive her for not seeing the nature of that monster. That she didn't realise what she was doing. And mostly because I've gone so...
In the film, Hermann Fegelein is shown as being arrested, dragged outside and summarily shot. In fact, Fegelein was arrested and kept in a cell for at least three days in the Führerbunker before Hitler ordered him stripped of rank and to be subjected to court martial, during which he was so drunk he vomited and urinated on the floor. It was only after the court martial that he was shot.
After the final credits there is a statement by the real Traudl Jung about her feelings of guilt and responsibility. In the British Cinema release, this is moved to before the credits.
German TV version features ca. 22 minutes of additional footage.
German, Russian, Hungarian
$210,232 (Austria) (17 September 2004)
$5,509,040 (USA) (2 November 2013)
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