Hitlerjunge Quex (1933)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Also known as Unsere Fahne Flattert Uns Voran (Our Flags Lead Us Forward), this aggressively pro-Nazi tract was based on a novel by R. U. Schenzinger. Brought up in a communist household, young Heini Votter (billed in the cast simply as "A Hitler Youth") is shown the light by his youthful National Socialist comrades. The film rather stacks the deck by depicting the Votter home as a den of scrungy, verminlike cretins, while the Nazi kids are raised in an atmosphere of purity and cleanliness. The climax arrives when Heini betrays his parents to the Nazi hierarchy, preventing an anarchist attack and preserving the Hitlerian status quo. Filmed in 1933, Hitlerjugende Quex might be laughable were it not for the Nazi-sponsored horrors to come.