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Death in the Bunker: The True Story of Hitler's Downfall
Death in the Bunker The True Story of Hitler's Downfall
Genres: Documentary, Military & War
NR     2006     1hr 19min

Adolf Hitler spent the last ten days of his life in a bunker underneath the Chancellery of the Reich. Unwilling to face the consequences of defeat, the dictator ended his own life on April 30, 1945 in this fortified underg...  more »


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Genres: Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Biography, Military & War
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/08/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 19min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

"Berlin bleibt deutsch!"
Sunny | Los Angeles, CA United States | 05/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

You could see this as a dry documentary. There's barely an intro, the presentation is plain, and the first few minutes are boring. Instead of subtitles for the eyewitness accounts, there are English voiceovers overlapping with the German. But as it continues, it becomes compelling. There's footage I'd never seen before and interviews of people physically close to Hitler to the end -- his female secretary (Traudl Junge, who took down his last will and testament), his adjutant, and his bodyguard.

It focuses on Hitler's last days in his bunker under the Chancellery. He had just turned 56 and was clearly a physical and psychological wreck after five and a half years of war. They said that in the past he had never proposed marriage to Eva Braun because he was devoted solely to Germany, but after he belatedly accepted that Germany was lost, he married her. This was April 29; they committed suicide on April 30.

They give so many details of the goings-on in the Führerbunker -- how well-stocked they were with food and luxuries while outside the Germans were desperately eating anything as the Russians had already occupied most of Berlin; how Hitler inquired closely about the plans of his staff to escape Berlin through the Red Army's lines; how a nurse explained to him the best way to kill oneself by both taking a potassium cyanide pill and shooting one's head with a pistol...

Among the footage that left a deep impression:

- Eva Braun, in color

- the corpses of the six Goebbels children that their parents had poisoned rather than have live in a world without Nazism, all of them laid out side by side

- in color, Molotov touring Berlin

- the artifacts that the KGB had kept hidden for decades after collection from the cremated remains at the Chancellery (Hitler's and Braun's dental samples; Frau Goebbels's dentures; the brace used by Dr. Goebbels for his club foot...)

Death in the Bunker: The True Story of Hitler's Downfall 200
John W . Ford | Los Angeles , California . U.S.A | 08/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) spent his ten days in a bunker underneat the chancellery of the Reich . Unwilling to face the consequences of defeat , the dictator ended his own life on April 30 , 1945 in this fortifield undergroun complex . Featuring exclusive interview with the last survivors of Hitler's inner Cirkle under extensive archoval footage , DEATH IN THE BUNKER is an illuminating look at the Führer's final decisions in preparation for his suicide . Includes Exclusive interviews with : BERND FREYTAG VON LORINGHOVEN (1914-2007) Tank Commander and adjutant to two of Hitlers generals and author of IN HITLER'S BUNKER . ARMIN D. LEHMAN ( 1928 - 2008 ) Hitler's Courier responsible for carrying orders from the Führerbunker , Author of HITLER'S LAST COURIER . TRAUDL JUNGE (1920-2002) Hitler's secretary to whom he dictaded his will prior to his suicide . ROCHUS MISH (1917 - ) Bodyguard and courier to Hitler . A high Quality transfer from Spiegel TV ."
Hitler's last days
Reader | Boca Raton, FL | 12/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Who does not know about Hitler? There have been so many biographies and even fictional work written about the man (think of Mailer's latest work). But not many have explored in great detail his last days before he committed suicide in the Berlin bunker with his wife Eva Braun and family of his minister of propaganda. This is documentary with the first hand account from Hitler's closest associates (errand boy, secretary, body guard) during his last days. We learn that he was in terrible physical condition, looking pale and his hand shaking as if he has Parkinson's desease. We also learn about Eva Braun's determination to make her own mark in her life by accepting to die along Adolf. It is also eeerie to see that Russian government still has carefully preserved artifacts from that day that includes Hitler's uniforms, personal possessions and dental records for everyone who died that day. Pictures of six dead Goehring children are cold reminder of how far indoctrination and unfortunately misplaced ideals can go. This is one of the rare documentaries with film showing Hitler's closest military associates such as: Speer, Himler and Goebbels. We even see Eva Braun's sister in her civil wedding ceremony to Hitler's high ranking officer who was executed by SS only a few days before Hitler's suicide. Absolutely amazing documentary about the last days of Nazi Party before final surrender that will mark the end of WWII."