Two elderly men possess starkly contrasting attitudes towards their high-ranking Nazi fathers. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy is a compelling examination of brutality, self-deception, guilt and the nature of justice.
"A remarkable and moving exploration of the problem of individual responsibility for state crimes...It is essential viewing for all those seeking to understand how mass killing could, and can still, take place."
Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, Chief Historian, Museum of Polish Jews in Warsaw
"Right from the start, this involving documentary asks much of its audience and poses questions that are unnerving yet engrossing."
Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
"Chilling...gripping and compelling...Will put the viewer on edge...That's the price of war, whether on the winning or losing side."
Leba Hertz, SFGate
"Watching two men grappling with the culpability of their high-ranking Nazi fathers is a deeply stirring experience. It provokes immediate discussion about the conflict between justice and loving your parents, remembrance and shame. What does it take to heal historical trauma?"
Dr. Björn Krondorfer, Director, Martin-Springer Institute: Global Engagement through Holocaust Awareness, Professor, Dept. of Comparative Study of Religions, Northern Arizona University
"Riveting. This film is a withering cross-examination of conscience, recollection, and responsibility. Familial duty and the depths of denial are confronted powerfully in this penetrating psychological analysis of perpetrator and survivor. Highly recommended for those seeking to understand the generational legacy of the Holocaust and for those seeking to prevent genocide in the 21st Century."
Dr. Kevin Simpson, Chair and Professor of Psychology, John Brown University
"Honest and penetrating...An important study in how one comes to terms with the past - or fails to do so - and how such a confrontation can empower one man to do good and another to exonerate evil. I would urge it to be screened widely. It will provoke deep and significant discussions among both students and adults. I was moved and angered; above all, overwhelmingly grateful for what I learned."
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University