Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary | Chicago Reader

Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

Traudl Junge was 22 when she was picked out of a clerical pool to work as Hitler's private secretary, and at age 81, she was interviewed by video makers Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer. Nicely dressed and carefully coiffed, she recites the sort of meaningless anecdotes Mel Brooks used to devastating effect in The Producers. Yet there's much more here than a trickle of unsatisfying tidbits. The video makers later shot Traudl watching and commenting on her earlier interviews; here her insight and self-criticism are acute, as is her discussion of how she buried and eventually confronted her feelings of guilt and complicity. And when she recounts the final days in the bunker, we enter a mad, hypnotic fever dream. In German with subtitles. 95 min.


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