Bettina Goering, grand-niece of Hermann Goering, Hitler's second in command, says in the English-language film, "I looked into the darkest darkness that can be found in each of us." Goering was the highest-ranking Nazi to be tried at Nuremberg.
The granddaughter of a torturer at Auschwitz concentration camp notes, "...suddenly I had to realize that my own grandfather was one of the...monsters. Even though I know I am not guilty myself, and I am not my grandfather, I feel shame; and in my heart is a deep sadness and an ocean of tears."
The son of a highly decorated German World War Two tank commander says, "I am a Jew by choice, a German by birth and have a father whose background I am deeply ashamed of. Going to Auschwitz...walking around the crematorium and the gas chambers not only troubled me, but deeply shocked me...I am responsible as my father's son for what happened."
"Sometimes the children of Holocaust perpetuators feel they have poisoned roots, damaged roots..." says Samson Munn, founder of Austrian Encounters, meetings that bring together the second and third generation of Holocaust victims with the second and third generation of Nazis. Moments from some of their meetings are included in the documentary.
The filmmaker Claudia Sobral, a Brazilian-born granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, will discuss her documentary after the screening. View the video trailer.
For more info: "Ghosts of the Third Reich", Library of Congress Law Library Media Center, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. Oct. 18 at noon. Free. Contact Gail Shirazi, 202-707-9897, email@example.com.