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What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

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David Evan

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About the Movie

A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Right from the start, this involving documentary asks much of its audience and poses questions that are unnerving yet engrossing. – Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, Nov 6, 2015

Fresh: A troubling study of denial, wartime responsibility and the challenge of dealing with a monster in the family. – Justin Chang, Variety, Nov 10, 2015

Fresh: A fairly specialized picture in a sea of Holocaust material, Legacy is novel and professionally made enough... [and] it also offers psychological insights of interest to those who have no interest in another WWII-related doc. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 22, 2015

Fresh: Despite a melodramatic title, the film is keen and measured. Drama builds in the small moments. – Diana Clarke, Village Voice, Nov 5, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Confronted by the past

Two sons of two nazi leaders look at their fathers involvement in the holocaust. One son hates his father for his involvement in the mass killings and condemns him. One son claims his father is innocent of any wrong doing and was actually a good man who had nothing to do with any wrong in the holocaust. The film looks at the evidence against both nazi leaders and takes you to the site of a mass shooting of Jews in Ukraine where mass shootings took place and the grave still holds the Jews of Ukraine.


So boring ZZZZZZZ...


One man views his nazi father as a willing accomplice to the genocide to millions, while the other sees his as a victim of a regime and regrettably, "only falling orders”. The 2 men brought together by a lawyer whose entire family, save one, perished in the Holocaust. Together they revisit the places and memories of these tragic events to make history’s darkness visible.

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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