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 Obersalzberg, 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.
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.
Audience Award, Berlinale, Panorama 2002
Director André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer
Cast Traudl Junge
Producer Danny Krausz
Running Time 90:00
Production Year 2002
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