Im toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin

Austria

Synopsis

In the documentary production "Blind Spot" 81-year-old Traudl Junge describes on camera for the first time an absolutely extraordinary aspect of her life. From autumn 1942 to the final collapse of the Nazi regime Frau Junge was Hitler's private secretary. In this capacity she worked with him in the Wolf's Lair (his field headquarters in East Prussia), at his Bavarian residence at Berchtesgaden, on the Führer's special train and - in the final weeks of the war - in Hitler's bunker as Berlin came under siege. He dictated his final will and testament to her.
In spring 2001, due to the efforts of the writer Melissa Müller, Andre Heller met Traudl Junge and was able to persuade her that it would be fascinating as well as historically important to make a record of her unique experiences... and of her present attitudes to that time, after years of contemplation and self-analysis.
Together with documentary filmmaker Othmar Schmiderer, Heller has condensed 10 hours of material into a 90-minute film that renounces all form of stylistic embellishment and instead relies entirely on the compelling force of this woman and her stunning tale.
56 years after the end of the war one of the most important eye witnesses to the events reveals her story. We learn that her experiences left her with a vehement hatred for the Nazi regime and ideology, though — and this is perhaps the most painful aspect of her very personal story — she still seems unable to forgive the young girl she once was for the naivete and ignorance that led her to admire Hitler.

Director's Biography

Andre Heller was born in Vienna 1947. He is one of the most influential and successful multimedia artists in the world. His accomplishments comprise garden designs, chambers of wonder, prose publications and processions, the revival of the circus and variety theater, millionsales of records of his own chansons, large flying and floating sculptures, the avant-garde amusement park Luna Luna, films, fire spectacles and mazes, as well as plays and shows which were enjoyed by audiences from Broadway to the Vienna Burgtheater, from India to China, from South America to Africa.

Othmar Schmiderer was born in 1954 in Lofer (Salzburg). Since 1985 fre ance filmmaker in Vienna. Besides his own projects, he also works as cinematographer.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer

Written by: André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer

Produced by: Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker

Cinematography: Othmar Schmiderer

Editing: Daniel Pöhacker

Sound Design: Othmar Schmiderer

Main Cast: Traudl Junge

Nominations and Awards

  • European Documentary Award – Prix Arte 2002