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Final Account is an urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Over a decade in the making, the film raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility, as men and women ranging from former SS members to civilians in never-before-seen interviews reckon with - in very different ways - their memories, perceptions and personal appraisals of their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history.
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Critics Consensus: Final Account falls shy of the definitive statement suggested by its title, but the belated reckoning on display remains chillingly valuable viewing.
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Powerful docu reveals impact of Nazi complicity.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Final Account is a documentary that records the stories of Nazi perpetrators and bystanders during Adolph Hitler's Third Reich. It's meant to answer this question: How could the people of Germany allow the Holocaust and its atrocities to happen? The oral history is told by low-level SS officers, those who worked in other departments, and former Hitler Youth, all now elderly. The film avoids sensationalism, with just a few gut-punch images (including a group of soldiers about to fire on people near what we've been told is an open grave), but none remove the dignity of the victims. The subjects mostly speak matter-of-factly, carrying the belief that there's nothing they could have done (only slightly, if not politely, being challenged that yes, perhaps, they could have). The descriptions of the violence perpetrated against the Jews and others who were targeted by Hitler's policies are tough to hear, but they're delivered in a straightforward manner. Hearing history from those who were a part of it is imperative, but the biggest takeaway is how a government can systematically create racism and hate in its citizens. It's impossible not to feel the chill that something like this could happen again.
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- Release Date:May 21, 2021
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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