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Himmler: The Decent One

A Storyville documentary: Through letters, photos and diaries, this film exposes a unique and often uncomfortable access to the life and mind of SS commander Heinrich Himmler.


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This programme contains scenes which some viewers may find upsetting

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AMERICAN LAWYER: Germany - 26th September, 1945.

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Do you swear the testimony which you are about to give will be the truth,

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the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

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WOMAN:

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What is your full name?

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MARGARETE:

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Are you alone here?

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And what was your husband's name?

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What was your idea of his job?

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Did he have a safe or a storage box in your house?

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And what did he keep in the safe?

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Are the papers and documents still there as far as you know?

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SOFT PIANO MUSIC

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TRADITIONAL GERMAN MUSIC

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MAN:

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BOY:

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EXPLOSION

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BOY:

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EXPLOSION

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CROWD NOISE

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ANNOUNCER:

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MAN:

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LIVELY JAZZ MUSIC

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SOMBRE CHOIRBOY SOLO

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SOLO CONTINUES

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MAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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JOLLY TUNE

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LYRICS:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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CHORAL MUSIC

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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ANNOUNCER:

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MAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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ROUSING MUSIC

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LYRICS:

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ROUSING MUSIC

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LYRICS:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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CRIES

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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EXPLOSION

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FOOTSTEPS MARCHING

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ANNOUNCER:

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WOMAN:

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HITLER:

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OLDER MAN:

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OLDER WOMAN:

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OLDER MAN:

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OLDER WOMAN:

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MAN:

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ANNOUNCER:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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MAN:

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OLDER MAN:

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MAN:

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OLDER MAN:

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LOUD EXPLOSIONS

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MUSIC PLAYS

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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SINGLE VOICE:

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CROWD RESPONDS:

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MAN:

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MISSILE EXPLODES

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WOMAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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GIRL:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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GIRL:

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MAN:

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GIRL:

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FILM MUSIC

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WOMAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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DOG BARKS

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GUNSHOT

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GUNSHOT

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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GUNSHOT

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CHILD:

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MAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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CHILD:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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MAN:

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THEY SING

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WOMAN:

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CHILD:

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MAN:

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TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS

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MAN:

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MAN:

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CHILD:

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WOMAN:

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CHILD:

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MAN:

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TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS

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AIR-RAID SIREN BLARES

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WOMAN:

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CHILD:

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MAN:

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CHILD:

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MAN:

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WOMAN:

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CHILD:

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WOMAN:

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TANK FIRES

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MAN:

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TANKS FIRE

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MAN AND GIRL:

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MAN AND GIRL:

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GIRL ONLY:

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IN UNISON:

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Who do you think was responsible for the concentration camps?

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Did your husband discuss the war with you?

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Did you talk about the concentration camps?

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He never said anything to you about them

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and you never said anything about them to him?

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Weren't you interested?

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Why didn't you ever ask him about the camps?

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Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos and diaries that were found in the Himmler family house in 1945, this documentary exposes a unique and at times uncomfortable access to the life and mind of the merciless 'architect of the Final Solution', Heinrich Himmler. Himmler writes, 'In life one must always be decent, courageous and kind-hearted'. How can a man be a hero in his own eyes and a mass murderer in the eyes of the world?

The text of the film consists exclusively of original documents from Himmler's lifetime, combined with news and personal archive from sources ranging from the descendants of top Nazis to working-class individuals. It forms a unique portrait of one the most prominent figures of the Third Reich, the SS commander Heinrich Himmler.


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