Im toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin
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.
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.
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