The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler (1958)
The narrator of this feature length documentary -- Westbrook Van Voorhis -- asks himself a very important question at the beginning of this piece: who is Adolf Hitler? However, to help him answer his own question, this orated program is garnished with numerous snippets of archival footage, which tries it's best to tell a rise and a fall of a very harsh time indeed.
What now follows' are some addition questions that this program tries to answer too:
- How was Hitler able to rise above his own humble origins to reach a position of power?
- What was the Nazi Party? And how did they help Hitler dominate
- What was the Munich Pact? Was it really 'a treaty' that lead to World War 2?
- When did
Germany's invade Poland?
- What was Hitler's relationship with Eva Braun like? Bi-polar?
Denmark, Norway, Holland, and Belgium, did they all fall to German might?
Franceforced into an armistice by occupying forces?
it strange that
Germanyattacked there one time allies, Russia?
did the Japanese army invade
? Perl Harbor
- What happened to the prisoners of war?
Englandand Americafight back?
- Did D-Day lead to surrender, sacrifice, and suicide?
Also, here are a couple of quotes taken from this feature, just to give you a little more meat to it's collective bones:
- 'When we played as children he was always the leader' -- Paula Wolf, the younger sister of Adolf Hitler
- Whilst we were in prison together he was writing his book, 'Mein Kampf' -- Julius Schaub, Adolf Hitler's personal adjutant
- 'Man is a fighting animal. Though in unity he is a fighting unit' -- Adolf Hitler
- 'The rumors about Hitler's relationships with women are false. He was a ladies man' -- Wilma Schaub, Julius Schaub's wife
- 'I am the mistress to the worlds greatest man' -- Eva Braun
health got a lot worse after the battle at
Stalingrad. His brain still worked though' -- Erich Kempka, Adolf Hitler's personal chauffeur
- 'I took his and Eva's burnt bodies and threw them over a cliff' -- Hans Bauer, Adolf Hitler's personal pilot
Now before I give you my spiel on 'The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler', please allow me to present you with some goose-stepping facts first, OK?(1) Hitler was born in
on the 20th of April, 1889.
(2) As a child his nickname was 'Adi'. (3) Hitler's farther was called Alois,
his mother was called Klara, and his sister was called Paula. Moreover, he also
had four other siblings who died during childhood -- Gustav, Ida, Otto, and
Edmund -- plus a living step-brother and step-sister named Alois and Angela
respectively. (4) Adolf's application to the ' of the Arts' was turned
down two times. He never applied again after that. (5) Hitler spent four years
living on the streets of Vienna
trying to sell postcards of his artwork to make some money. (6) Adolf was
awarded two Iron Crosses for his actions as a soldier in World Ward 1. (7) It is
theorized that he became anti-Semitic when a Jewish doctor mistreated his
dying Mother of breast cancer. But it has also been stated that it could be
something to do with his questionable Grandfathers origins. (8) In 1919 Hitler became
the 55th member of a small anti-Semitic party called the 'German
Worker's Party'. Later the name was changed to the 'Nazi Party'. (9) Adolf was
sentenced to five years in prison in 1923, because he attempted to over-throw
the German government in a political coup. He only served nine months though. (10) Hitler
was granted German citizenship in 1932, and won the election with 37.3 percent
of the vote. The rest is now history.
For example: I never knew that Hitler was a painter and decorator, or that his 'bit on the side', Eva Braun, was a keep-fit fanatic. Moreover, it was very strange to see that footage where the 'Axis' were dining with one another, knowing that they would kill the each other by the end of the war. Oh! Plus Eva and her mates in their bikinis was a right sight for sore eyes I can tell you (in more ways than one).
THE RATING: A