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by Vanessa Lapa


On 6 May 1945, soldiers of the 88th US Infantry Division occupied the Himmlers’ family home in Gmund on Lake Tegernsee where they discovered hundreds of private letters, documents, journals and photographs. The film makes use of these materials and copious archive footage to sketch the biography of SS commander Heinrich Himmler who committed suicide at the end of May 1945 by taking a cyanide capsule. How did this nationalistic lower-middle-class man become Hitler’s henchman responsible for developing and executing the strategies that led to the murder of millions of Jews, homosexuals, Communists and Romany people?

international title: The Decent One
original title: Der Anständige
country: Israel, Austria, Germany
sales agent: Cinephil/Tel Aviv
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Vanessa Lapa
film run: 94'
screenplay: Vanessa Lapa, Ori Weisbrod
film editing: Sharon Brook, Noam Amit
music: Jonathan Sheffer, Daniel Salomon
producer: Vanessa Lapa
co-producer: Felix Breisach, Hermann Pölking Eiken
production: Medienwerkstatt, Realworks/Tel Aviv, Helden der Geschichte/Berlin
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