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Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
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by Scott Weinberg

"Alas, no mention of how Hitler liked his coffee."
4 stars

It's not too often that one gets to have a conversation with someone who actually knew Adolf Hitler, let alone worked for the guy, but that's precisely what you'll find in Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, a documentary film comprised almost exclusively of interview footage with one Traudl Junge, a woman who was indeed...Hitler's secretary.

In 1942, the 22-year-old Ms. Junge was hired to do clerical work for the German war effort. Before too long, she found herself working directly for Hitler as his personal secretary. Being in such close proximity to the leader of the Nazi party evidently blinded Junge to the atrocities that she was, in some small part, connected to. Blind Spot, recorded mere months before Jung's death at the age of 82, is sort of a videotaped confessional, as the seemingly kind and regretful old woman recounts her personal experiences with one of history's most infamous madmen.

Though Junge's descriptions of her early years with Hitler are quite fascinating, it's toward the end of the film when we are privy to "insider dirt" of the most captivating sort: Traudl Junge was actually there in that secret bunker as Hitler failed and, ultimately, took his own life. As you're sitting there listening to the woman, one cannot help but think "Holy Moley. This person was actually there!". The fact that Ms. Junge seems a perfectly decent and "normal" old lady only helps to underscore an important point:

A lot of WWII-era Germans were obviously kind and decent people, citizens wholly duped and manipulated by a truly despicable man. So effective was this man's evil that even those directly under his employ were not fully aware of the depths of his depravity.

Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary may be a little on the dry side, but if you're interested in hearing about some of the inner workings of the WWII Nazi Party, and from someone who was right there as it all went down, this is a documentary you'll absolutely want to check out for yourself.

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originally posted: 04/29/04 16:21:16
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival series, click here.
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4/01/06 Suzz Riveting when, at the end, she comes face-to-face with her young self 4 stars
7/14/05 larry fitzgerald facinating. hard to believe how she had no knowlege of any of the death camps. 4 stars
3/16/03 Alina Fascinating, actually 4 stars
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  24-Jan-2003 (PG)
  DVD: 28-Oct-2003



Directed by
  Andre Heller
  Othmar Schmiderer

Written by

  Traudl Junge

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