My Nazi Legacy

The sons of two Nazi war criminals reflect on the crimes of their fathers and the price of forgiveness.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 2, 2016
90 minutes
  • Nominated laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2016 The Grierson Trust-Best Historical Documentary
  • Director

    David Evans

    David Evans was born in Wolverhampton, England, in 1962. He is an Emmy-nominated, multi-award-winning director of film and television. His previous work in documentaries includes a BAFTA Award-winning film about the English author Angela Carter, and a profile of radical feminist Andrea Dworkin. He directed the feature film Fever Pitch, starring Show more Colin Firth, for which Nick Hornby adapted his best-selling book of the same name, and is now established as a leading director of high-end TV drama in the UK, with credits including Shameless, Downton Abbey and Russell T. Davies's Cucumber. Show less

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    The Film

    Can you imagine what it means to grow up as the child of a mass murderer? Hans Frank and Otto von Wächter were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII. Nazi Governors and consultants to Hitler himself, the two are collectively responsible for thousands of deaths. But what stood out to Philippe Sands were the impressions they left on their sons. While researching the Nuremberg trials, the human rights lawyer came across two men who re-focused his studies: Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter. The men hold polar opposite views on the men who raised them.

    Through a series of unadulterated conversations with Frank and von Wächter, Sands and director David Evans strip away at titles and ranks to explore the character lying underneath the infamous criminals, their patriarchal influence, and the price of forgiveness. A unique look on the father/son relationship, My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did brings new meaning to the ties that bind us.