The Decent One

July 201596 minutes
Documentary

Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos and diaries that were found in the Himmler family house in 1945, the 'The Decent One' exposes a unique and at times uncomfortable access to the life and mind of the merciless 'Architect of the Final Solution'
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Audio Language
German
Subtitles
English
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96 minutes

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